Athletic Training

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The Athletic Program is for students who are interested in prevention, care, and evaluation of athletic injuries. The coursework and clinical experiences required to earn this degree will qualify students to sit for their Board certification. Students will take classes in biology, nutrition, and health studies in addition to Kinesiology classes such as Basic Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Structural Kinesiology, Injury Recognition, Therapeutic Exercise, Therapeutic Modalities, Biomechanics, and several clinical courses. This is a competitive program to which students apply in their freshman year. Students receive a significant amount of hands-on-experience and enjoy a low faculty-to-student ratio.

Hours Required


Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Sports Administration

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

Athletic Trainer in secondary school, clinic, hospital, physician extender, intercollegiate athletics, outreach, military, fine arts, civil service, sales, industrial.

Notable Graduates

Koichi Sato - Director of Athlete Performance - Minnesota Timberwolves Tony Katzenmeier - Director of Research - Oklahoma Thunder John Ames - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Study Abroad Opportunities

University of Wincheter Study Abroad Program

Research Opportunities

Inclusion of evidence based practice in Athletic Training courses Research papers in KSS 4500 Faculty/student collaboration on research projects

Student Professional Organizations

KSS Student Athletic Training Club National Athletic Training Association Illinois Athletic Training Association GLATA GLATA

Professional Development Opportunities

IATA state meeting GLATA district meeting On-campus speakers Competing in IATA and GLATA Quiz Bowl Serving as Student Senators for the IATA Student Congress

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

KSS Department - Athletic Training Education Program Paris Hospital - Paris High School outreach Paris Hospital - Tri-County Co-Op outreach EIU Athletics

Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Athletic Training Education; Athletic Trainers in Secondary School Settings; Health Behaviors of Athletic Trainers; Parent Satisfaction with Athletic Training Services; Proper Helmet Fitting of Youth/High School Football Players; AT Accreditation

Faculty Honors & Awards

Larry Ankenbrand - Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2010) Mark Kattenbraker – Outstanding Teacher Award for the KSS Faculty (2011) Kevin Hussey - AAHPERD / NAGWS Service Award March 2011 for 21 years of Presentation Service, March 2011 Brent Walker - Scientific Programming Division Head-Elect, Association for Applied Sport Mark Kattenbraker - Vice President – IAHPERD Tony Oliver - 2010 = Vice President Elect, Adults – IAHPERD, 2011-current = Vice President, Adults - IAHPERD Stacey Ruholl - IAHPERD SE District Treasurer Kevin Hussey - Head Badminton Coach for the Junior Pan American Championships, Dominican Republic, 2010; USA Badminton Coach, China, 2009; Phyllis Croisant – 2009 Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Jeff Willardson – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Research & Creative Activity (2010) Stacey Ruholl – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Teaching (2010) Dr. Phyllis Croisant – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Dr. Brian Pritschet – Faculty Achievement and Contribution Award: Service (2009) Brian Pritschet – IAHPERD Service Award (2009) Brent Walker – Mental Training Consultant – U.S. Soccer and U.S. Paralympic Soccer Teams

Athletic Training, Lantz Arena 2251
Contact Name: Lee Ann Price
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