Athletic Training encompasses a number of interests. If you want to work with athletes and other performers, teach children, help people become healthy through exercise, explore sport and the character development of children, examine how exercise interacts with chronic disease, or study the relationships between body size and shape, exercise, and disordered eating, consider completing the Athletic Training BS. As an athletic trainer, you will work to prevent, manage, or rehabilitate individuals who have received injuries as a result of physical activity. The accredited Athletic Training curriculum at the U offers classes in injury prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and management. Students will develop excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills across the eight content areas of competency outlined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association: Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Acute Care of Injury and Illness, Therapeutic Interventions, Psychosocial Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, and Professional Development and Responsibility. By the program’s end, students are prepared to sit for a Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
The Student Experience
Students seeking to enrich their academic experience can complete an undergraduate research project or internship. Involvement opportunities for AT students include participation in the Athletic Training Student Association or the Sports Medicine Interest Group. The AT program also provides students with several hands-on learning opportunities: you will work with athletes, University of Utah intercollegiate athletic teams, sports clubs, clinics, and local high schools and colleges to develop knowledge and a clinical understanding of athletic training techniques.
The hands-on skills and experience you gain in the Athletic Training program can be applied to a number of fields: become a Certified Athletic Trainer, coach, or athletic scout. Jobs are available anywhere there are physically active people: in hospitals, high schools, colleges, clinics, doctor’s offices, law enforcement, and the performing arts. Other career possibilities include sports journalism, sports psychology, or athletic product design and marketing.
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