Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Athletic Trainers work with individuals of all ages and fitness abilities. They are often first on the scene when an injury occurs to offer diagnosis and first aid.
Athletic trainers have a distinct role and are not to be confused with physical therapists or personal trainers.
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Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.
Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.
Our graduates are currently working in high schools, universities, hospitals, and with sports teams. Athletic training positions are also available in physicians’ offices, the military, and more. Some of our alumni have gone on to pursue a graduate degree.
Recognize, evaluate and provide immediate emergency care of acute injuries and illnesses.
Provides knowledge of the basic principles in the prevention, recognition of signs and symptoms, and care of athletic injuries.
Effects of rehabilitative exercise on injury recovery and planning rehabilitation programs.
Develop skills required for exam and diagnosis of lower extremity injuries. This class is one of five clinical rotations completed in an athletic training facility.
Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator
Favorite Course: KIN 472: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers
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