- Programs and Degrees
- Exercise and Sports Science
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science
- Sports Medicine/Pre-Athletic Training Concentration
Sports Medicine/Pre-Athletic Training Concentration
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified 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 Bachelor of Science 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.
- 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
Our Sports Medicine/Pre-Athletic Training degree at work
- Follow a prescribed four-year plan that prepares you for graduate study in athletic training.
Potential Careers In Athletic Training
- 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
- Find your niche in a specialized area 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
Our alumni have found careers working all over the country:
- Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports – Orlando, FL
- Missouri Orthopedic Institute – Columbia, MO
- William Woods University - Fulton, MO
- Westminster College – Fulton, MO
- Peak Sports & Spine – Columbia, MO
- Lululemon – St Louis, MO
- Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Birmingham, AL
- Mary Lanning Healthcare System – Hastings, NE
- Greenlee Textron – Rockford, IL
- BLM Wellness Center – Lacey, WA
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
The Sports Medicine and Pre-Athletic Training concentration at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation — including 37 core major credits, and 35 hours of specialization — pursuing courses in basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, and human anatomy and physiology as well as coursework in human nutrition, sports psychology, and more.
Courses you may take
ATR100 - Personal Health - 3
This course will provide basic knowledge of current personal health concepts and their application. Students will have the opportunity to discover theoretical and practical perspectives that will affect the quality of life. The students will study potential health problems as well as the steps taken by individual and groups to reduce risk of health problems for individuals, families, and communities.
ATR230 - Prevention and Care of Injuries - 3
Emphasizes the prevention and care of injuries and the use of training room equipment. (Special fee) Prerequisite: PED 205.
ATR231 - Prevention and Care Lab - 1
Lab class taken in conjunction with ATR 230 – Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries. Hands-on learning in basic athletic training techniques. (Prerequisite: PED205)
ATR310 - Clinical I - 2
The Clinical I course is the beginning of the athletic training student's formal clinical experience. (The student is required to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours under the supervision of a clinical instructor in the traditional athletic training setting.) The emphasis of the course is placed on the development of injury prevention, injury assessment, injury management skills and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies.
ATR323 - Clinical II - 2
The Clinical II course is a continuation of the athletic training student's clinical education. The student will be assigned a clinical instructor in the traditional athletic training setting, and is required to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours. The emphasis for the course will be placed on the continued development of injury management, prevention and rehabilitation skills, communication skills, documentation and administrative skills, and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: ATR 310
ATR325 - Therapeutic Modalities - 4
The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop problem solving skills in the use of therapeutic modalities which will include physical agents, manual and mechanical skills. Course content will include both formal lecture and laboratory activities. Required concurrent enrollment in ATR326
ATR326 - Therapeutic Modalities Lab - 0
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR325 Therapeutic Modalities. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques. Required concurrent enrollment in ATR325
ATR330 - Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity - 4
The purpose of this course is to develop a sound knowledge of painful musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Emphasis will include evaluation techniques for head, cervical spine, and upper extremity. The course will include lecture and laboratory experience. Must be taken concurrently ATR 331.
ATR331 - Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity Lab - 0
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 330 Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Extremity. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
ATR340 - Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity - 4
The purpose of this course is to develop sound knowledge of painful musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Emphasis will include evaluation techniques for the lumbar spine, the lower extremity, posture and gait. The course will include both lecture and laboratory experience. Must be taken with ATR341.
ATR341 - Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity Lab - 0
ATR350 - Therapeutic Exercise/Rehabilitation - 4
This course is designed to provide the scientific and practical evidence to the application and techniques of therapeutic rehabilitation. The student will have the opportunity to use patient data including history subjective, and objective information to create a plan regarding injuries from head to toe. Students will learn how to follow a physician’s protocol and how to advance through the different stages of healing. As a student in this class, participation will be required in completing and demonstrating different rehabilitation techniques and skills. To be taken with ART 351.
ATR351 - Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Lab - 0
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 350 Therapeutic Exercise & Rehabilitation. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
ATR402 - Manual Therapies - 4
This course is designed to implement hands-on treatments based on examination findings. Manual therapies are designed to work with the neuromyofascial system to decrease pain while restoring function. This course will cover historical perspective on myofascial techniques and joint mobilizations. The course will also allow for the certification in Graston Technique and Functional Movement Taping through RockTape.
ATR403 - Manual Therapies Lab - 0
This course must be taken concurrently with ATR 402 Manual Therapy. The concepts taught in the course will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be required to wear appropriate laboratory attire. Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and their ability to apply clinical techniques.
ATR420 - Clinical III - 2
The Clinical enables the student exposure to complete a minimum of 200 hours in the traditional or non-traditional athletic training setting, under the direction of a clinical instructor. The student will acquire knowledge and skills used in the practice of the athletic training profession. Emphasis will be placed on refining skills in athletic injury prevention, injury management, injury rehabilitation and demonstration of assigned clinical proficiencies. Prerequisites: ATR 323
ATR423 - Clinical IV - 2
The Clinical is the culmination of the student athletic trainer's clinical athletic training experience. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 200 clinical hours and demonstrate assigned clinical proficiencies. The student will be assigned to a clinical instructor in either the traditional or clinical athletic training setting. The emphasis of the course is increasing knowledge and refining skills preparing the student for the NATABOC examination. Prerequisites: ATR 420
ATR433 - Administration in Athletic Training - 2
The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop skills in organization, budgeting, and administrative procedures in athletic training and sports medicine settings. Prerequisite: ATR330/331
ATR443 - General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology - 3
This course is designed so that the upper level athletic training student has exposure to the examination of the human body and associated non-orthopedic techniques used in the assessment of athletic injuries. Topics include recognition of general medical conditions and an overview of basic pharmacological principles and medications commonly used to treat illness. Prerequisite: ATR330/331
ATR450 - Senior Seminar - 1
This portion of the Capstone Experience will focus on preparation for the Senior Assessment and Senior Presentation, self-reflection on career choices and preparation for graduate program and/or career through: resume writing and critique, analysis of the job market and consideration of the perceived match between career plans and academic and personal strengths. In addition, students will begin to prepare for the Board of Certification exam to be taken before or after graduation.
EXS103 - Nutrition - 3
This course will introduce nutrient functions and the effects of various supply/demand states on physical well-being. Discussion will include the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and hydration on performance.
EXS315 - Exercise Technique and Prescription - 3
Properly performed exercise has enormous health benefits. It reduces the risk of many diseases, increases functional capacity, and improves the quality of our lives. In this course you will learn proper aerobic and anaerobic exercise techniques. After learning proper techniques you will learn how to prescribe exercise to varying populations.
PED104 - First Aid and CPR - 2
This course is designed around the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED. In this course the student will be educated on proper Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the adult, child and infant. Also, the student will be taught how to identify and care for several sudden illnesses, as well as, proper First Aid techniques and procedures for bodily injuries ranging from minor bleeding to severe musculoskeletal conditions. Upon completion of this course, proper demonstration of skills, and meeting American Red Cross guidelines the student will receive American Red Cross certification in CPR/AED for Adult, Child, and Infant, as well as certification in First Aid. This certification will last for two (2) years. Physical Requirements: The student will also have to perform several skills that will require them to be in a crouched, kneeling, or squatted position for a minimum of five (5) minutes.(Special fee)
PED205 - Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology - 3
An overview of the human body and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and digestive systems.
PED245 - Anatomy and Physiology II - 3
An overview of the human body and how it functions. Emphasis will be placed on the internal organs and their functions, along with the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and nervous systems. (Prerequisite: PED205)
PED321 - Kinesiology - 3
An application of mechanical principles to human movement. Prerequisite: PED 205
PED322 - Physiology of Exercise - 3
This course is designed to study the responses and adaptations of the functions of the human body during muscular exercises. Material is pertinent to teaching, coaching, and individuals interested in exercise.
PED405 - Measurement and Evaluation - 3
An examination of the various tools of measurement and an analysis of the purposes, values, and limitations of these tools in relation to objectives. Field experience is included.
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