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Mission Statement:The mission of the post-certification graduate specialization in Athletic Training is to expand the depth and breadth of the applied and theoretical knowledge and skills of entry-level certified athletic trainers, augment the corpus of information, and to propagate new understanding in the field. Students are encouraged to pursue various sports medicine related topics through their course of study and exposure to research in their chosen topic. Students may be assigned to external assistantships to provide athletic training services in a variety of settings including Division I intercollegiate athletics and sports medicine clinics.
- Increase the depth and breadth of comprehension of athletic training knowledge and
skills beyond those required of the entry-level certified athletic trainer and specifically
in the areas of injury pathology and rehabilitation.
- Provide a strong theoretical basis of knowledge in the areas of biomechanics and/or
physiology that will strengthen the students' understanding of the relationship of
athletic training to these areas of science.
- Enhance the students' ability to think critically and evaluate information related
to the practice of athletic trainer with the purpose of becoming a better clinician.
- Provide an exposure to the process of scholarship that will place emphasis on understanding and investigation of research with applications of clinical relevance.
Points of Distinction:
- Preparing the scholarly clinician through integration of Evidence Based Practice concepts
- Innovation in lower extremity injury management, focusing on aspects of underlying
mechanisms, injury prediction and prevention, as well as rehabilitation.
- Injury surveillance and prevention in the adolescent and college athlete.