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Health Sciences – Athletic Training

The human body is sometimes described as a machine, and athletes, especially, need theirs to function at peak performance. That’s when expert athletic trainers come in to help take home the win.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

The Athletic Training specialization in the Health Sciences major will develop skills that can be applied to many fields in health, but especially athletics. As an Athletic Training student, you’ll engage in active laboratory work and dedicated studies in injury prevention and human physiology. Athletic Training students will be off to a running start with real-world practicums to gain experience in their ideal career.

Guidance for Graduate School

McDaniel students have gone on to graduate and professional programs in allied health fields. Allied health advising can begin as early as the first semester on campus or whenever a student first decides to pursue a health-related career. Advisors work individually with students to build their McDaniel Plan.

Distinctive Courses

KIN 2225 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

Prevention, care, and management of injuries associated with physical activity and medical emergencies. Topics considered include basic human anatomy, recognition, and evaluation of injuries.

KIN 2325 - Nutrition

A study of the nutritional needs throughout the human lifespan. Topics include energy nutrients, vitamins, minerals, recommended dietary allowances, and weight control. Fad diets, nutritional supplementation, and the world’s food supply are also examined.

KIN 3222 - Exercise Physiology

The principles and concepts of physiological function will be discussed as they apply to human movement. Included with the principles and concepts will be selected methods and techniques of assessing physiological function under varied performance conditions. 

KIN 3307 - Practicum in Athletic Training

Practical experience and extensive field work in athletic training.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Students on treadmills in Gill Center.

New labs and classrooms open in Gill Center

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Health Sciences students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.