What is Athletic Training?
It's the fourth quarter, fourth down and 1 yard to go. The home team is down by 3 and the state championship is on the line. The ball is snapped, the star quarterback rolls left, looks for a receiver, and BAM! He's hit from behind! As the injured athlete lies motionless on the ground everyone wonders what to do.....
ENTER THE ATHLETIC TRAINER.
Department of Health and Physical Education- BS in Athletic Training
Athletic Training Education Program Mission
Certified Athletic Trainers are professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. The mission of the Athletic Training Education Program at Frostburg State University is to provide the highest quality of professional preparation and clinical experience to promote the development of future athletic trainers by teaching the knowledge, skills and values developed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council. Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge the Board of Certification examination for Athletic Trainers. In doing so, the Athletic Training program will provide an environment conductive to learning, strive for academic excellence, and foster a spirit of professionalism.
Program Learning Goals
Graduates will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and values necessary to become an entry-level certified athletic trainer:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify injury and illness risk factors that may be encountered by athletes and others involved in physical activity and to plan and implement a risk management and prevention program.
- Understand the physiological responses of human growth and development and the progression of injuries, illnesses, and disease.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess the injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity and to determine proper care, referring the client to other health care providers when appropriate.
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize, assess, and treat the acute injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity and to provide proper medical referral.
- Understand pharmacologic applications, including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions, and interactions of medications and of the governing regulations relevant to the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, document, and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic exercise programs for the rehabilitation and reconditioning of the injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
- Understand how to recognize, treat and refer, when appropriate, the general medical conditions and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
- Understand and recognize the nutritional aspects of athletics and physical activity and to refer, when appropriate.
- Be able to recognize, intervene and refer, when appropriate, the sociocultural, mental, emotional, and physical behaviors of athletes and others involved in physical activity.
- Understand how to develop, administer and manage a health care facility and associated venues that provide health care to athletes and others involved in physical activities.
- Understand the professional responsibilities, avenues of professional development and national and state regulatory agencies and standards in order to promote athletic training as a professional discipline and to educate athletes, students of athletic training and the general public, the physically active and associated individuals.