Athletic training combines the love of sports medicine as well as the science of exercise. The study of athletic training can lead to a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic training is not the same thing as personal training. Certified athletic trainers work in universities, high schools, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, performing arts, the military and other settings. The majority of certified athletic trainers go on to pursue a graduate degree. Many of the schools featured offer a 3+2 (Bachelors + Masters Track) for an accelerated professional experience.
"As a major in our academically rigorous exercise science program, you will have the flexibility to combine your curriculum with our popular coaching minor, or choose to pursue our new “3+2” Master of Science in Athletic Training through the pre-athletic training concentration. Your elective courses are geared toward areas of special interest, such as one instructed by the sports performance service, Ignition APG, that offers certification in speed training as part of the class."
(Provided By: Wilmington College)
"The Athletic Training program at Iowa State University includes various athletic training clinical rotations including high school settings, physical therapy and hospital clinics, college and university settings, surgical and emergency room observations, and immersive clinical opportunities in orthopedic and non-orthopedic settings."
(Provided by: Iowa State University)
“During professional coursework, students engage in human cadaver dissection, and engage in a rigorous curricular plan, which exposes them to a variety of topic areas including the prevention and care of athletic injuries, diagnosis of injuries & illnesses, therapeutic exercise & modalities, pharmacology, nutrition, exercise physiology, and psychosocial issues in health care.
(Provided by: Duquesne University)
“Athletic Training is an allied health profession that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches along with administration and organizations of athletic medicine programs.”
(Provided by: San Diego State University)
"Our Athletic Training program prepares students to become unique healthcare providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. After completing our program, students become eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam, which upon successful completion enables them to practice as certified athletic trainers under the supervision of a physician."
(Provided By: The University of Pittsburgh)
"The Professional Athletic Training Program prepares qualified athletic trainers for the profession by establishing their eligibility to take the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination. The program emphasis develops cognitive skills, psychomotor mastery, and affective values."
(Provided By: San Jose State University)
"A new set of standards set by the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, requires all aspiring athletic trainers to get their master's degree before they enter the profession. Students intending to enter baccalaureate programs will not be able to do so after 2022"
(Provided by: St. Scholastica University)
“As a recognized health care professional, athletic trainers require a significant level of scientific and medical preparation. You should complete college preparatory courses in biology, chemistry, and advanced biology (preferably human anatomy and physiology) in high school."
(Provided by: Cedarville University)