Athletic training is a unique discipline under the broad allied health profession umbrella specializing in the health care of athletes and those engaged in physical activities.
Athletic trainers function as integral members of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, corporate and industrial sites, and other health care settings. The athletic trainer specializes in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries in physically active people. More information about the field can be found on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) website.
Students complete an extensive clinical experience as part of the Athletic Training Program at Towson University. This clinical experience is completed over a seven-term period beginning in the student's freshman year at the university. All clinical experiences are directly supervised in a variety of athletic training-related clinical sites, including the Towson University Athletics department, local high schools and universities, and sports medicine clinics. The clinical education requirement allows the student to combine didactic classroom theory with actual "hands on" application in a supervised, practical laboratory experience.
The Athletic Training Program is a capped major with a limited enrollment. As such, admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program.