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Athletic Training

Sports are about what happens on the field and the court, sure. But a lot has to happen to make sure the athletes in those venues can perform their best. Athletic trainers are those people: the team behind the team, the highly trained professionals who help athletes prepare, perform, and recover.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Fieldwork experience
Research Facilities
Gill Athletic Center

Athletic Training prepares you to work with athletes in a variety of capacities and settings. As a minor offered in the Kinesiology department, the program gives you access to professors who bring extensive experience into the classroom as educators, advisors, coaches and researchers. Excellent facilities—including the Human Performance Lab and Neuromuscular Performance Lab—will provide you with hands-on experience testing cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and neuromuscular systems on equipment used in the health and fitness industries.

Future Career Paths

Immediate career options (not requiring graduate school) for students of the Kinesiology program include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapy technician
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Coach
  • Teacher

Recent Kinesiology graduates have attended graduate school at places like George Washington University, Salisbury University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Maryland, and Texas A&M University, etc. to become:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Cardiac and pulmonary therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Exercise physiologists

Distinctive Courses

BIO 1120 - Human Anatomy

A study of the anatomical structure of the human body. The basic concepts of anatomy—gross, microscopic, developmental, and clinical—will be studied by organ systems. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This functional anatomy approach will explain how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allow them to perform their functions.

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 3306 - Advanced Athletic Training

Advanced principles of athletic training including etiology, indications, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of complex athletic injuries along with the administration of athletic training programs and facilities. Emphasis is on human anatomy, recognition of injuries, rehabilitation theory, theory and use of modalities, and the relationships among the health care professions.

Program Requirements

Special Opportunities

Gill Center classroom.

Gill Physical Education Learning Center

Athletic Training students will take courses and get hands-on learning in the newly remodeled Gill Physical Education Learning Center.

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.

Olivia Maenner standing next to a lab skeleton.

Student Spotlight Olivia Maenner, 2019 Kinesiology and Spanish

“My best class ever was Anatomy with Kinesiology professor David Petrie because this course reminded me of how much I love learning about anatomy and gave me a great foundation which I will take into Occupational Therapy graduate school.”

Kinesiology major and research assistant Isabella Mendiola demonstrates lifting in McDaniel’s new Neuromuscular Lab.

Kinesiology’s 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 Kinesiology 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.