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Athletic Training Concentration

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 Michigan State University 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.

Effective immediately (5/5/15), the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is voluntarily withdrawing from the Committee on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Post Professional Athletic Training Program.

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.