Athletic Training

Associate Professors David Durbin and Jean Kiernan (Chair);

Assistant Professors Leslie Phillips and Brian Jones;

Visiting Assistant Professor Eric Brooks;

Adjunct Instructors Mary Brooks, Mike Jones, Randy McGuire, Craig Mullins, and Jake Ryan

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Kinesiology & Health Studies
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Georgetown, KY 40324

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Students may pursue major and minor programs offered in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies that will prepare them both for entry-level professional careers and graduate study in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Public Health.

Exercise Science borrows from many parent disciplines in the natural and social sciences in order to understand the phenomenon of exercise and human movement activities, ranging from sport training to injury rehabilitation. Graduates typically work in corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitations, YMCA’s, community recreation programs, commercial health clubs, and other settings. Other graduates have entered graduate programs in physical therapy, nutrition, athletic training, occupational therapy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. A major and minor are offered in this area.

Graduates of the majors offered in the Kinesiology and Health Science department will demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the physiological, anatomical, and mechanical foundations of movement;
  • the skills associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate fitness programs;
  • the fundamental understanding of behavior as it applies to adherence to exercise/fitness;
  • the knowledge and skills associated with assessing emergency health conditions requiring first aid and/or CPR;
  • the knowledge and physical skills associated with health-related fitness
  • activities;
  • a basic understanding of research techniques and tools used in the field of Kinesiology and Health.

Major

(B.S. degree) Forty-nine to Fifty hours required. The Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field. Certified Athletic Trainers work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their core responsibilities include: 1) injury/illness prevention and recognition 2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injury/illness 3) immediate care of injury/illness 4) treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injury/illness 5) organization and administration and 6) professional responsibility.

Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in such settings as high schools, colleges and universities, orthopedic clinics, professional sports, industrial settings, and physicians’ offices. This program will require some off campus travel to various clinical sites. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to be eligible for the national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification. Students interested in this major should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for more information and other requirements regarding this program.

Major KHS courses for the major include: KHS 185, KHS 216, KHS 271, KHS 273, KHS 275, KHS 277, KHS 279, KHS 285, KHS 287, KHS 304, KHS 306, KHS 320, KHS 322, KHS 390, KHS 395, KHS 403, KHS 407, KHS 423, and KHS 450 (42 credit hours). As well, allied courses required for this major include: BIO 100 (3 credit hours) or BIO 111 (4 credit hours); and PSY 211 (3 credit hours) or MAT 111 (3 credit hours).

 

Formal admission into the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is required. The student must complete the application process in order to be considered for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. The formal application process for the major consists of:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;

Completion of the 7 credit hours of pre-requisites (KHS 185 and KHS 304 with a B or above;

Fulfillment and documentation of at least 50 hours of direct observation with the certified athletic trainers employed at Georgetown College;

Current CPR and First Aid certification (Note: this may be accomplished through completion of KHS 180 or an outside organization such as American Red Cross);

Completion of a formal student portfolio consisting in part of resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation;

Completion of a formal interview with the ATEP Admissions Committee.

Those interested in the Athletic Training Education Program at Georgetown College may begin the prerequisite courses for the program during their first
semester.

 

Formal admission into the Athletic Training Education Program is granted beginning the spring semester of the student’s second year. Completion of the application process does not guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Admission is granted on a competitive basis. Students not accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program may continue their education in another major of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department and reapply to ATEP the following application cycle.

 

Students with any deficiencies in the above criteria may be admitted at the discretion of the Athletic Training Education Program Admissions Committee. For a more detailed description of the complete requirements of the Athletic Training major, please contact the ATEP Program Director.

Georgetown College’s educational program in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

For course descriptions, please see Kinesiology and Health Studies.

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The B.S. degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field. Those certified in athletic training work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their primary responsibilities include, injury prevention, recognition and evaluation, management, first aid, and rehabilitation of injuries, organization, administration, education, and counseling. Certified Athletic Trainers are employed in such settings as high schools, colleges and universities, orthopedic clinics, professional sports, industrial settings, and physician’s offices. This program will require some off campus travel to various clinical athletic training sites. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to be eligible for the athletic training national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification. Students interested in this major should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for more information and other requirements regarding this program.

Athletic Training Profession

Become certified in athletic training

  • Work with high school, college, or professional sports teams.
  • Work in a clinical setting such as a sports medicine center or hospital.
  • Work in conjunction with medical professionals at medical clinic.

Career Ideas for an Athletic Training Major

AREAEMPLOYERSSTRATEGIES

EXERCISE AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Primary Care
  • Inpatient Medical
  • Specialized Health Care

Allied Health Professions

  • Apply to Doctorate program in Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy graduate program
  • Nursing graduate program
  • Chiropractic School
  • Dental School
  • Physician Assistant School
  • Many more allied health profession schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Olympic training centers
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Public health agencies
Major in one of the social sciences and supplement coursework with hard science classes. Acquire training in the areas of research, grant writing, and statistics. Volunteer in a hospital or fitness center. Develop strong written and oral communication skills. Learn to work well in a team environment. Earn a graduate degree in clinical, counseling, social, or experimental psychology for health psychology opportunities. Earn a graduate degree in sport psychology, with an exercise emphasis, for a career in exercise psychology. Pursue a postdoctoral internship or fellowship for advanced career opportunities.

SPORT MANAGEMENT

  • Athlete Representation
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Promotions
  • Operations
  • Event Coordination
  • Program Coordination
  • Fund Raising
  • University Athletics
  • Administration
  • Professional teams
  • Professional athletes
  • Sport associations (e.g., NBA, PGA, NCAA)
  • Local sport and tourism corporations
  • Arenas
  • Auditoriums
  • Stadiums
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health clubs
  • Sport facilities
Major in sport management or sport administration. Earn a master’s degree for increased opportunities. Develop outstanding communication skills, written and oral. Take courses in marketing, public relations, and advertising. Pursue a degree in law to aid in negotiating contracts. Obtain accounting or business skills and experience. Gain experience with public speaking and sales. Volunteer to do publicity for campus organizations or local nonprofit groups. Volunteer to coordinate athletic programs and events such as marathons, golf tournaments, or special Olympics for campus organizations or local non-profit groups. Write articles or columns for campus or local newspapers. Join sport-oriented associations and organizations. Obtain an internship or part-time job with a team or other athletic organization. Work with minor league or local teams as a way to enter the field and gain experience. Be willing to work in any capacity to get started.

SPORTING GOODS

  • Store Management
  • Brand/Product Representation
  • Product Development
  • Product Distribution
  • Marketing
  • Sporting goods manufacturers
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Exercise equipment manufacturers
Major in business, marketing, sport management, or related field. Obtain a part-time job or internship in the area of wholesaling or retailing. Develop excellent communication skills. Build relationships with coaches, athletic directors, and college equipment/uniform representatives. Volunteer as a team equipment manager.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, K-12
  • Colleges and universities
Obtain a degree in education, physical education, or other sport related field in addition to appropriate state teacher licensure. Earn dual certification for increased job opportunities. Become familiar with a variety of physical cognitive and affective disabilities if interested in an adaptive physical education career. Supplement coursework with special education classes. Secure a part-time position with a youth recreation center, college athletic facility, or intramural athletic administration department. Develop competitive and instructive proficiency in a wide array of sports. Obtain a graduate degree to teach at the college level or to advance into administrative positions. Become a graduate teaching assistant for physical education courses.

COACHING

  • Professional Coaching
  • High School Coaching
  • College Coaching
  • Private Coaching
  • Professional sport teams
  • Colleges and universities
  • High schools and middle schools
  • Recreational organizations or leagues (e.g., YMCA)
  • Country clubs
  • Racket clubs
  • Golf and tennis resorts
  • Cruise Lines
  • City parks and recreation departments
Consider majoring in exercise science, sport management, or physical education.
Obtain teacher licensure for high school and middle school coaching opportunities. Gain extensive, advanced playing experience. Maintain current CPR and first aid certifications. Gain additional knowledge in areas of strength training, fitness, nutrition, and conditioning. Learn about and practice motivational techniques. Become familiar with legal and regulatory issues related to coaching (e.g., NCAA regulations). Volunteer to coach neighborhood, church, and community teams. Attend practices of teams at various levels to observe coaches’ techniques. Serve as a referee or umpire. Seek a graduate assistant position in athletic administration, instruction, or coaching. Obtain an assistant and then head coaching position at the university level to increase possibility of progressing to the professional level.

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consultation
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Colleges and universities
  • Olympic training centers
  • Competitive youth sport centers
  • Recreation organizations and leagues
  • Professional sport teams
  • Professional and competitive athletes
  • Hospitals
Major in psychology, physical education, exercise science or other physical activity related field. Obtain a doctoral degree in sport psychology, sport sociology, or clinical/counseling psychology and complete postdoctoral training if you desire to work with professional sport teams or athletes. Develop good relationships with coaches and other athletic department personnel. Express a willingness to learn from coaches and athletes. Gain experience in a variety of different sports. Assist faculty with research. Develop strong written and oral communication skills. Consider coaching youth teams. Show genuine care when working with athletes. Join professional associations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) or the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).

General Information

  • Be willing to work with sport teams in any capacity, realizing that most people start in low-level positions. Careers in sport and athletics are extremely competitive. Get as much athletic training experience as possible while in school.
  • Join professional athletic training associations. Read their publications and attend their meetings, seminars, and conventions to learn more about the field, as well as to make important contacts.
  • Look for jobs in the minor leagues as a way to enter the athletic training or sport industry.
  • Earn a graduate or professional degree for increased athletic training opportunities.
  • Maintain excellent personal fitness and athletic proficiency.
  • Learn to relate well to a variety of people from various backgrounds.
  • Consider entering the field of athletics and athletic training through skills and experience in another area such as accounting, sales, or information systems.

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