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Sports Medicine/Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic trainers are estimated to experience a 21 percent job growth by the year 2024 — three times the national average. Other healthcare professions are experiencing similar trends.

As more people have found their passions and health in physical activity, more are expected to rely on athletic trainers as experts to keep them at their peak performance — back to activity sooner and stronger than ever. As our understanding of concussion prevention and treatment, strength conditioning, and the human body in general increases, so does the need for science-minded professionals for evaluation and treatment when injuries occur.

The B.S. in Exercise Science at William Woods University includes the option to pursue a concentration in sports medicine — designed to prepare you for a number of graduate level healthcare programs including athletic training, physical therapy, and more. Start with a foundation in anatomy and physiology then delve deeper into advanced courses that build an evidence-based, research-driven understanding of the human body such as orthopedic examination of the spine and extremities, general medical conditions, advanced emergency techniques, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise.

This program will prepare you for the William Woods Master of Science in Athletic Training. 

Special Opportunities

  • Gain hands-on experience with William Woods University athletic teams, working one-on-one with dedicated athletes to help them recover, build strength and prevent future injuries
  • Enhance your study with clinical experiences through our own NAIA athletic program as well as through nearby institutions, outpatient clinics, and hospitals
  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Join the Athletic Training Student Organization and participate in various leadership and educational opportunities with other students and professionals who have similar goals
  • Learn from and work with professors who have real-world, sports medicine and athletic training experience ranging from high school to professional athletes as well as outpatient clinic setting, and hold some of the nation’s most respected certifications
  • Grasp advanced understanding through innovative coursework, such as Manual Therapy beginning fall 2016, which emphasizes hands-on treatments including massage, myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization with certification by Graston Technique, kinesiology taping, and joint manipulations
  • Gain advanced knowledge of techniques through supplemental on-line learning through our partnership with HomeCEUconnection.

Career Opportunities

  • Follow a prescribed four-year plan that prepares you for graduate study in athletic training or a similar field.
  • Pursue an exciting career as an athletic trainer, working with athletes at varying levels: high school, college, and professional
  • Move into an emerging setting in athletic training such as entering a variety of workplaces — ranging from factory settings to major companies such as Nike and Google, who have identified the need for corporate wellness, and have on-site clinics
  • Find your niche in a specialized area of this workplace setting working with performers, musicians, and dancers
  • Work in outpatient rehabilitation clinics or as athletic trainers in for orthopedic physicians’ offices
  • Join the nearly 70 percent of athletic trainers who hold advanced degrees in athletic training, physical or occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic, exercise physiology, and more — a number that will be increasing as the profession becomes an Entry Level Master’s degree by 2022

Employers

Our alumni have found careers working all over the country:

  • Westminster College – Fulton, MO
  • William Woods University - Fulton, MO
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Birmingham, AL
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare System – Hastings, NE
  • Greenlee Textron – Rockford, IL
  • BLM Wellness Center – Lacey, WA

Perspectives

My professors in the athletic training program were professional and personable. They took the time to get to know me and my learning style. They have the real-life experience to learn from, in addition to the book knowledge. They have inspired me to continue my education to attain my master's degree while working as a graduate assistant for Peak Performance Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Columbia, Missouri. I hope to one day inspire and encourage athletic training students in the same manner.

— Myra Belshe, ATC, LAT, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

It's a lot easier to go on job interviews when the entire athletic training faculty is rooting for you, and to do well on those interviews with the hands-on experience and unique education you receive at William Woods. You're not just getting a good education; you're getting a running start on your future with a lot of support, guidance and encouragement from professionals who have already been there.

— Kathryn Buehrle, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Requirements/Curriculum

The Sports Medicine and Pre-Athletic Training concentration at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation — including 36 core major credits, and 36 hours of specialization — pursuing courses in anatomy and physiology, examination, advanced human nutrition, and more.

Courses you may take

ATR100

Personal Health

3

ATR230

Prevention and Care of Injuries

3

ATR231

Prevention and Care Lab

1

ATR310

Clinical I

2

ATR323

Clinical II

2

ATR325

Therapeutic Modalities

4

ATR326

Therapeutic Modalities Lab

0

ATR330

Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity

4

ATR331

Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity Lab

0

ATR340

Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity

4

ATR341

Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity Lab

0

ATR350

Therapeutic Exercise/Rehabilitation

4

ATR351

Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Lab

0

ATR402

Manual Therapies

4

ATR403

Manual Therapies Lab

0

ATR420

Clinical III

2

ATR423

Clinical IV

2

ATR433

Administration in Athletic Training

2

ATR443

General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology

3

ATR450

Senior Seminar

1

EXS103

Nutrition

3

EXS315

Exercise Technique and Prescription

3

PED104

First Aid and CPR

2

PED205

Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology

3

PED245

Anatomy and Physiology II

3

PED321

Kinesiology

3

PED322

Physiology of Exercise

3

PED405

Measurement and Evaluation

3

Curriculum


Admissions Information

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