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Athletic Training Clinical Concentration

Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation and management of injuries that result from physical activity, especially those involving the musculoskeletal system.

  • Indiana State University’s Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited professional athletic training curriculum provides students with classroom and clinical experiences that are appropriate for the entry-level preparation of a Certified Athletic Trainer.  
  • As one of the oldest established programs in the country, Indiana State Athletic Training boasts one of the largest alumni networks in the country including the likes of National Athletic Trainers’ Association Presidents and Hall of Fame members, Journal of Athletic Training editors and section editors, renowned researchers, and celebrated clinicians.   

The Professional Athletic Training (PAT) education program is dedicated to prepare students for employment in entry-level athletic training positions through research, coursework, and service in the community.   The PAT supports excellence and develops productive citizens who function as skilled professionals. Coursework in the program/concentration emphasizes strong theoretical foundations within each of the areas in athletic training, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills associated with obtaining clinical proficiency.

  • Students also benefit from hands-on clinical education experiences with health care professionals.
  • Indiana State University’s Professional Athletic Training Program prepares students in the areas of
    • Risk Management and Injury Prevention
    • Orthopedic Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
    • Medical Conditions and Disabilities
    • Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses
    • Therapeutic modalities/Conditioning and Rehabilitative Exercise
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
    • Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses
    • Health Care Administration
    • Professional Development and Evidence-Based Practice. 

Students completing the undergraduate athletic training professional program are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Examination to become certified as an Athletic Trainer.

Application Deadline

  • 11:59 pm April 19, 2015

Admission

Clinical Hours

Students in the clinical concentration will engage in immersive clinical experience after admission into the program. Students are assigned to clinical education preceptors at each of the affiliated clinical sites, both on and off campus. Clinical education hour expectations for athletic training students (ATS) include:

  • Sophomore Year - Students are assigned to two 7-week rotations each semester with a minimum average between 10-20 hours per week; total of 150 hours per semester
  • Junior Year - Students partake in pre-season clinical experience and two full semester rotations at different clinical sites with a minimum average of 15-20 hours per week; total of 200 hours per semester
  • Senior Year - Students can be placed at two full semester rotations or one full year clinical site. Seniors acquire a minimum of 20 hours per week and are encouraged to obtain additional liability insurance to participate in additional clinical education experiences. 

Recent Research Projects

Students in the PAT are actively involved in research opportunities within the department and have been selected to conferences presentations and publications including:

  • Grindle M, Games KE, Eberman LE, Kahanov L, Caswell S. Appropriate Disinfection Techniques for Playing Sufaces to Prevent the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens. Intl J of Ath Therapy & Training. 2014;19(5):12
  • Spillman AC, Fagg B, Christopher M, Demchak TJ. Effectiveness of Take Home Low-Level Laser Therapy in Treating Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Case Study. 47th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Poster Presentation.
  • Cates L, Demchak TJ. Low Level Laser Therapy Successfully Treated Wartenberg’s Migratory Sensory Neuritis. 47th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Poster Presentation.
  • Reynolds KA, Evanich JJ, Eberman LE. Reflective Blankets Do Not Effect Cooling Rates after Running in Hot, Humid Conditions. International Journal of Exercise Science 2015;8(1):11
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Athletic Trainers earn about $42,790 per year and the profession is among the 30 fastest growing occupations with an anticipated growth of 37% by 2018. Although athletic trainers will maintain their presence in the traditional sport settings (secondary schools, college/university, professional and recreation sports), more athletic trainers will be needed in hospitals, outpatient treatment facilities, and other settings providing substantial job opportunities upon graduation.