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Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Minor offers students the unique opportunity to explore a field focused on physical and mental preparation for sports. From understanding proper nutrition and preventive care to learning injury evaluation, treatment and management skills, this specialized minor provides students with an important foundation of knowledge and safety-first practices to enable athletes to reach their highest performance levels.

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

With an Athletic Training minor from McDaniel College, you will have access to professors from the Kinesiology Department who have extensive experience both as athletes and coaches. You'll also get hands-on experience in the Human Performance Lab and Neuromuscular Performance Lab, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment used by world-class health and fitness professionals. The Athletic Training minor is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings with athletes of all levels.

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.

Where You'll Study Kinesiology’s new labs and classrooms open in Gill Center Dynamic Facilities

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.