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Athletes conduct ladder training to improve agility and foot work.

Athletic Training

On and off the field, athletic trainers are dedicated to the well-being of athletes in their care.

What Do Athletic Trainers Do?

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.

Coursework

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.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.

More about this Major

Outcomes

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.

100% - Students from the 2015 class who passed the Board of Certification exam on their first attempt.
Athletic training is a profession that allows me to excel in a sports medicine field while ultimately working towards my goal of going to physical therapy school.

Courses You Might Take

KIN 311/L: Athletic Training Emergency Care

Student athletic trainers work with a football player.

Recognize, evaluate and provide immediate emergency care of acute injuries and illnesses.

KIN 371: Injury Care and Prevention for Athletic Training

An athletic training student practices taping a classmate's ankle.

Provides knowledge of the basic principles in the prevention, recognition of signs and symptoms, and care of athletic injuries.

KIN 378/L: Rehabilitative Exercise & Lab

Students work closely with faculty and athletic staff in a lab setting.

Effects of rehabilitative exercise on injury recovery and planning rehabilitation programs.

KIN 454L: Athletic Training Clinical II

Athletic training students learn how to conduct tests and administer treatments.

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.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Jeffrey Parr

Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator

Favorite Course: KIN 472: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers

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