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Pre-Athletic training program

Prior to being formally accepted into the Athletic Training program students are afforded the opportunity to observe athletic trainers and athletic training students perform professionally. This occurs during the second semester on campus as part of the EXS 185 Concepts and Practices in Athletic Training. This experience gives students a base to make a final decision about entering the athletic training major and gives students some insight into the expectations of an athletic training student. During this time, students are not permitted to perform any athletic training skills on patients but are welcome to ask questions and get involved verbally in the role of an athletic trainer.

Athletic training education program

Once accepted into the Athletic Training Education Program, Athletic Training students will rotate through a variety of clinical experiences under the supervision of approved clinical instructors. These experiences serve as assignments within our six clinical courses and aim to develop mastery of clinical skills in a real-world setting. The level of time commitment required depends on the student's level. Second year students can expect to have 30 contact days per semester, third year year students 45 days and fourth year students 60 days. Clinical activities are directed by the nature of clinical practice course and by the students' abilities. It is our goal to expose our students  to a variety of structured professional experiences so that they develop an understanding of various athletic training roles and responsibilities in other work environments. We also want them to be exposed to other allied health and athletic training settings, in addition to  intercollegiate athletics. Beyond gaining experience with the Southern Connecticut athletics program, students will gain experiences at one of several local high schools, private colleges, orthopedic clinics, and our own University Health Center.

The athletic training rooms located in Moore Field House and Pelz Gymnasium serve as the primary site for athletic training field experiences in which students will work toward the BOC requirements. Athletic Training Students are assigned to a clinical instructor or supervisor who will oversee their field experiences while working directly with an intercollegiate sport team. During the six semesters that students will be involved with the clinical education aspect of the program, they will have the opportunity to work with many different clinical instructors or supervisors and with a variety of sport teams. Professional experiences will emphasize hands-on experience working in the following areas:

  • Equipment intensive sport (football)
  • Contact sports (soccer, basketball, and field hockey)
  • Low-risk, non-contact, lower-extremity sports (cross-country and track and field)
  • Overhead-upper extremity sports (swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, baseball, and softball)
  • Post-injury rehabilitation
  • Pediatric (Local high schools) 
  • Emergency / General Medicine