• Additional Titles:Faculty Director of Clinical Education, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
    Director of Clinical Education, Programs in Athletic Training
  • Education:Bachelor of Science in Education, State University of New York at Cortland
    Master of Science, East Stroudsburg University
  • Phone:617-353-7570

Scholarly and Practice Interests

  • Anatomical/biomechanical predictors of lower extremity injury
  • Assessing professional behaviors of athletic training students
  • Clinical education – instruction and learning

Courses Taught

This clinical course integrates the fundamental principles of patient care, evidence-based practice, cultural competence, ethical decision making, and communication with students' clinical education experiences completed under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor. (Credits: 2)

This is the first course in a two- part series on exam and diagnosis, focusing on acute care in athletic training. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the athletic trainer in prevention, diagnosis, and referral of patients in acute distress. This course lays the foundation of evaluation with concentration on primary and secondary surveys particularly during emergency situations. Clinical decision making and hands-on skills are emphasized. (Credits: 4)

Continued athletic training experience under the supervision and guidance of a preceptor. This course includes content relating to the examination and management of patients with non-orthopedic conditions. A focus on developing proficiency in the examination of patients with orthopedic conditions is accomplished via situational orthopedic assessments. (Credits: 4)

This initial supervised clinical experience provides students with an introduction to clinical care. This course emphasizes foundations of clinical care, including the use of evidence to guide practice, cultural competence, interprofessional practice, communication, ethical decision-making, documentation, and patient-centered care. The discussion-based classroom component is designed to facilitate critical thinking and reflection on practice. (Credits: 2)

This supervised clinical experience provides students with continued clinical care opportunities. This course continues to emphasize foundations of clinical care, including the use of evidence to guide practice, cultural competence, inter-professional practice, communication, ethical decision- making, documentation, and patient-centered care. The discussion-based classroom component is designed to facilitate critical thinking and reflection on practice. (Credits: 4)

This full-time clinical experience is designed for immersion into supervised athletic training practice. Working closely with preceptors, students will gain continued experience in all aspects of athletic training practice. An on-line component provides a forum for reflection on practice and further development of foundations of clinical care. This experience begins in August and continues into October. Dates vary by sites. (Credits: 1)

This full-time clinical experience is designed for immersion into supervised athletic training practice. Working closely with preceptors, students will gain continued experience in all aspects of athletic training with an emphasis on inter-professional practice. An on-line component provides continual assessment and opportunities for reflection on practice. This experience begins in January and continues into April. Dates vary by sites. (Credits: 1)

This course introduces the athletic training and physical therapy student to the normal and abnormal physiology of different body systems as well as differential diagnoses in common medical conditions. Factors associated with those body systems that influence AT or PT examination and intervention will be discussed. Also discussed is when referral to other practitioners is recommended and required. (Credits: 4)

This course provides students with intensive exposure to the practice of general medicine and is designed to augment the content of HP 532: Clinical Medicine II. Students will observe several different health care practitioners (MD, DO, PA, NP) in the delivery of healthcare. (Credits: Var)

Recent Presentations

  • Clements, C. Giving Practicing Athletic Trainers a Voice in the Future of Athletic Training Education (2018, January). Panel discussion at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Clements, C. Professional Development Peer-to-Peer for Coordinators of Clinical Education. (2018, January).  Oral presentation at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Laursen, M., Clements, C. Wanted: A Patient-Centered Care Culture for Physically Active Patients (October, 2017).  Oral presentation at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, San Antonio, TX.
  • Clements C., Duckett A.  A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluation and Treatment of the Ill Athlete (January, 2017).  Workshop presented at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Clements C., Keenan J.  Improving Clinical Education by Centralizing Operations in a College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (October, 2016).  Oral presentation at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Clements, C. Good Preceptors (2016, May).  Oral presentation at the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts/Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference, Newton, MA.
  • Clements C., Laursen M.  Entrepreneurial Strategies to Solve Clinical Education Challenges (October, 2015).  Oral presentation at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Health Matters Virtual Conference: Chad Clements presents Multi-disciplinary care of persons with concussion at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Hosted by Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (September 17, 2015).
  • Clements, C. Program Quality Assurance (2014, October)Oral presentation at the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Accreditation Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Clements, C. Program Quality Assurance (2014, July).  Invited presentation at the Commission on Acreditation of Athletic Training Education workshop, Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference, Frisco, TX.
  • Clements, C. Putting Your Patient-care Data to Use (2014, June). Invited presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee Special Session, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Clements, C. Interprofessional Education: Lessons Learned (2013, June). Oral presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Clements C., Horton D.  From Paper to Preceptor…and Back (2013, March).  Oral presentation at the CAATE Workshop, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference, Chicago, Il.
  • Vesci B., Clements C.  What I say;  What I hear (2013, January).  Oral presentation at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Educators’ Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Clements, C., Horton D.  From Paper to Preceptor…and Back (2013, January).  Oral presentation at the CAATE Workshop, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference, Buffalo, NY.
  • Clements C., Vesci B.  Clinical Education Strategies – What you say, what I hear (2012, February).  Oral presentation at the CAATE Workshop, Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Educators’ Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Clements C., Chadburn J. Creating an Evidence-Based Practice Environment in Clinical Education. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Educators’ Conference; February 2011; Washington, DC.

Recent Publications

  • Clements C., Dodge, T., Brown, S. Influence of asynchronous physician augmented on-line discussion on learning outcomes in a general medical clinical education experience [Abstract]. J Ath Trn. 2009;44: S-60.

Professional Activities

  • Co-organizer – Clinical Education Summit (sponsored and hosted by Boston University Athletic Training Program) (2016-present)
  • Founding Member – Athletic Training Clinical Education Research Network (2016-present)
  • Reviewer – Proposals for NATA Educators’ Conference (2014, 2016)
  • Reviewer – Proposals for NATA Annual Meeting (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Reviewer – Proposals for NATA Educators’ Conference (2014)
  • Reviewer – Proposals for NATA Annual Meetin (2013, 2014)
  • Faculty Advisor – Sargent House Specialty Residence (2008-present)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Board of Certification (June 1998), Certification # 079802427
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Athletic Training License, License #1647
  • American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers

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