Athletic Training

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Athletic Training is an allied health field as recognized by the American Medical Association. Areas of expertise include the following: acute care of injury and illnesses; assessment and evaluation of general medical conditions and disabilities; health care administration; nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses; pathology of injuries and illnesses; pharmacology; professional development and responsibilities; psychological intervention and referral; risk management and injury prevention; therapeutic exercise; and therapeutic modalities.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers often are one of the first heath care providers on the scene when injuries occur, and therefore they must be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. They also are heavily involved in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers or personal trainers, who are not health care workers, but rather train people to become physically fit. Athletic trainers often help prevent injuries by advising on the proper use of equipment and applying protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces. Injury prevention also often includes educating people on what they should do to avoid putting themselves at risk for injuries.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 4 years

DEPARTMENT: Health and Human Performance

CONTACT: Dr. Bill Whitehill, Box 96 MTSU 615-904-8453

For more information about the athletic training program, visit their website at www.mtsu.edu/~wwhitehi/at.html

Check out some other useful links:
National Athletic Trainers' Association