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Ms. Marlene Green
Graduate Program Secretary

M.S. Concentration in Athletic Training

Athletic training is a major specialty in the field of sports medicine where active daily involvement with athletes, physicians, and coaches affects the health care and well-being of the competitive and recreational athlete. Through a combination of medical specialists and the active involvement of the athletic trainer, the sports medicine team at MSU covers a broad entity in athletic health care. Graduate students in athletic training are offered a wide interdisciplinary base of educational and professional development designed to prepare them for future job opportunities in high school, collegiate, professional, clinical, and industrial settings. MSU has the reputation of providing outstanding educational and practical experiences to athletic trainers that prepare them for the challenges of the professional field.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the M.S. degree, including KIN 871-research methods, area of concentration, breadth requirement, and capstone (thesis, project, internship, or courses-only with certifying exam). The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the athletic training concentration include:

  • KIN 820 - Advanced Clinical Evaluation (3 credits)
  • KIN 822 - Rehabilitation Techniques for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction (3 credits)
  • KIN 825 - Injury Control in Sports and Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • KIN 870 - Physical Activity and Well-Being (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in the athletic training concentration often complete courses in areas of study such as epidemiology, human nutrition, counseling and educational psychology, and educational administration. Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.

Expectations

Expectations of KIN master's degree students are individualized because of the different concentrations offered within the department and the students' various educational goals. Commonalities in expectations of master's degree students include: (a) professional growth and involvement; (b) demonstrated ability to teach within the context of the student's chosen field; and (c) knowledge and skill as a consumer of research. Students who intend to pursue doctoral study or research careers are also expected to develop ability to plan, conduct, and disseminate research. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of M.S. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings.

Admissions

Marlene Green
Graduate Studies Secretary
Department of Kinesiology
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689
Email: kingrad@msu.edu

Contact Information

Contact the following faculty member about the concentration in athletic training.

Dr. Tracey Covassin
Department of Kinesiology
105 IM Sports Circle Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 432-2010
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: covassin@msu.edu

Dr. John Powell
Department of Kinesiology
105 IM Sports Circle Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 432-5018
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: powellj4@msu.edu