Athletic trainers are "health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. 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 if injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences" (www.nata.org).
Physical Education & BA
In Adrian's Physical Education program, you'll work with faculty who are experts in their fields. For example, Professor Kevin Darr has researched muscle growth and regeneration, as well as the effects of exercise on muscle. He also has experience in coaching, cardiac rehabilitation, and corporate fitness.
As professors and teachers, their mission is to offer you a unique blend of academic preparation, practical application, and personal attention to prepare you for a wide variety of career options. The bottom line is that you'll be taking what you learn and putting it into practice. You'll learn and teach various sport and recreation skills your very first year. Your senior year you'll take Administration of Physical Education and Sport, in which you'll organize and administer a PE or sport program, emphasizing legal considerations, public relations, personnel, and facilities, equipment, and financial management.
In addition to your academic coursework and the experiences available in the teacher education program, you'll have ample opportunity to get involved in coaching, officiating, and sports camp counseling. You'll even have the chance to officiate, organize, or direct collegiate intramural programs. There are also a variety of internships available to you both on and off campus.
In this program, your coursework is complete with the Exercise Science Core and Cognates, but also geared towards the pre-professional student. Students in this program must choose a concentration either in clinical preparation or research preparation.
All health management majors must choose a business, psychology, sociology or social work minor concentration. With each concentration, the student must complete a minor in their concentration--other approved electives may be taken as desired.