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 Rock Stronghold: New Athletic Training Major Approved 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Jan. 13, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854;  e-mail: gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

A ROCK STRONGHOLD, DEPARTMENT OF EXERCISE AND REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES, LANDS NEW MAJOR --

BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES ATHLETIC TRAINING MAJOR AT SRU

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education board of governors has approved an athletic training major for Slippery Rock University, a move that will enhance the credentials of Rock graduates seeking employment as high school, clinic, college or professional athletic trainers.

           The 120-credit bachelor of science degree in athletic training upgrades an area of specialization in athletic training that has been offered at the university for more than 25 years. The major prepares undergraduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide care to athletes and the physically active in six specialty areas:

        Prevention of athletic injuries

        Evaluation and assessment of injuries

        Immediate care of injuries

        Treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning after athletic injuries

        Health care administration

        Professional development and responsibility

Enhancing a strong reputation

           Graduates of SRU’s Athletic Training Program have achieved a 100 percent placement rate in one of their top three choices for employment, graduate school or physical therapy schools, says Dr. Susan Hannam, chair of the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences. Nearly three-fourths of recent graduates have enrolled in either graduate or professional schools.

“Having an athletic training major makes a stronger statement about quality,” Hannam says. “We’ve always had a very solid reputation in this area, across the country.”

           The U.S. Department of Labor and Industry projects the demand for certified athletic trainers will increase 28 percent over the next five years. Currently, 45 students are enrolled in The Rock’s program.

           "Athletic training being a specialization instead of a major has not detracted from the educational experiences of our alumni or limited them in any capacity with regard to their professional accomplishments,” says Bonnie Siple, coordinator of the new major. “Being granted  status as a major almost serves as a reward for the reputation of educational and clinical excellence established by those alumni and adds tremendous credibility to the curricular standards we practice."

Practical experience

As part of their education, students attend conferences and participate in various trips to professional medical affiliations, surgical observations and physicians' clinics. They also participate in a practicum four times over four consecutive semesters, giving them clinical experience under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

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