Students enrolled in sports training programs commonly earn degrees such as the Bachelor of Athletic Training, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training or the Master of Science in Athletic Training. Graduates may go on to work for colleges, universities, physician's offices or sports teams. Sports and athletic trainers are required to be licensed and/or certified in most states.
The following list contains a few examples of common concepts that students will encounter in sports trainer courses:
- Musculosketal injuries
- Healthcare administration
- Sports psychology
- Stress management
List of Sports Trainer Courses
Injury and Illness Assessment Course
Students learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of injury in physically active people as well as provide first aid and acute care. Course discusses methods to detect risk of injury and solutions to prevent them. Topics are presented in both the classroom and the lab where students role play interactions with clients.
Kinesiology and Biomechanics Course
An understanding of how the body moves, along with how internal and external forces act upon it, is crucial for a sports trainer. This course provides a thorough examination of both the skeletal and muscular systems and their roles in kinesiology. Classes include both lecture and lab time to explore how the body functions at rest and during exercise.
Strength and Conditioning Techniques Course
Students first master strength and conditioning exercises and techniques then learn to teach others what they know. Strength testing, athletic program design and the basics of nutritional assessment are important aspects of performance enhancement. Principles of reconditioning post-injury are also considered.
Therapeutic Modalities Course
Methods for injury healing include simple modalities like hot and cold compresses, taping, bracing and massage as well as medical technologies that include electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Depending on the injury, therapeutic exercises, such as range of motion, are included earlier or later in the healing process. Athletic training students use these tools to practice the design, implementation and charting of therapeutic care plans. They also plan the transition to rehab post-recovery, which is based on the strengthening and conditioning exercises previously learned.
Sports Nutrition and Performance Course
The right nutrition can greatly enhance athletic performance. However, there is more to consider than simply ingredients; the key is having the right nutritional balance. In this course, students examine the dietary requirements of active people and use lab time to assess individuals for areas that need improvement. Current sports nutrition research is discussed in class.
Sports Trainer Practicum Course
Sports trainer programs at the bachelor's and master's levels often include practical experience working with one of the school's athletic teams. Participants get practice in treating real sports injuries, including patient assessment, injury and progress charting, rehab program design and working with athlete patients. All work is done under the supervision of a certified instructor.