Exercise Science Programs - Athletic Training


Athletic Training Program of Study
MS (Non-Thesis) and Ph.D.

Program Description

The M.S. nonthesis and Ph.D. exercise science specializations in Athletic Training are graduate programs designed for advanced study and research related to injury prevention, evaluation, immediate care and rehabilitation. The M.S. degree program prepares individuals for clinical work in a variety of employment settings. The Ph.D. degree prepares individuals for careers in universities, government, private industry, or allied health fields.

Faculty

Dr. Cathy Brown is the advisor for students in the program. Dr. Brown’s research is in lower extremity sports injuries, specifically chronic ankle instability. She utilizes motion analysis to understand mechanisms of sports injuries, potential long-term consequences of the injuries, and how rehabilitation programs affect motion.  Other faculty in the Department providing support for the program include: Dr. Ted Baumgartner in measurement and evaluation; Drs. Rod Dishman, Patrick O’Connor, and Phil Tomporowski in exercise psychology; Drs. Kirk Cureton, Ellen Evans, Kevin McCully in exercise physiology; Dr. Michael Schmidt in physical activity epidemiology; and, Dr. Kathy Simpson in biomechanics.

Admission

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the student’s prior academic record, graduate record exam (GRE) scores, recommendations, and research interests. Minimum requirements include a GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 850 (1000 or better preferred), an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (3.0 or better preferred), a graduate grade point average of 3.5 (doctoral) and, in the case of foreign students, a score of 213 on the Internet Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. All applicants should have BOC Certification prior to enrollment and be eligible to be licensed as an Athletic Trainer in the State of Georgia. Applications from minorities are encouraged. Preference is given to students who have strong basic and exercise science backgrounds, and who have research interests compatible with one of the faculty advisors. Students interested in a graduate assistantship should contact Dr. Ferrara or Dr. Brown.  Application deadline for an athletic training graduate assistantship is typically in mid-November.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the specialization include a background in athletic training and exercise science.  Students are expected to have an undergraduate or master’s degree in exercise science or an appropriate related field. Under most circumstances a Ph.D. applicant will have completed a master’s degree and thesis or equivalent before being admitted. Alternatively, a Ph.D. applicant can be admitted with a bachelor’s degree if he/she meets the following Graduate School criterion: undergraduate GPA x 1000 + GRE verbal + GRE quantitative > 4300.

Program of Study

M.S. degree. The program of study is developed by the student and major professor based on the student’s background, interests and career goals. Thirty-six semester hours of course work is required, which can be completed in two years of full time graduate study. No thesis is required. The course work required (36 hours) is described below:

KINS 6690 Exercise Physiology II (4)
KINS 7150 Research Methods in HHP (3)
KINS 7210 Motor Learning and Control (3)
KINS 7400 Advanced Orthopedic Assessment for Athletic Trainers (3)
KINS 7410 Evidence-Based Medicine in Athletic Training (3)
KINS 7420 Advanced Techniques in Orthopedic Rehabilitation (3)
KINS 7430 Neurological Aspects of Sport Injuries (3)
KINS 7440 Performance-Enhancement Drugs in Sports (3)
KINS 6000 Athletic Training Emergency Care (3)
KINS 8990 Research Seminar – Athletic Training (1-4)

The elective courses could be selected from below*:

KINS 6300 Exercise Epidemiology
KINS 6310 Physical Fitness Programs
KINS 6320 Exercise and Aging
KINS 6400 Exercise & Sport Psychology
KINS 6600 Measurement and Surveillance of Physical Activity
KINS 6610 Adapted Physical Education
KINS 7160 Advanced Measurement in Kinesiology
KINS 7180 Measuring Psychological Constructs
KINS 7200 Administration of Sport
KINS 7220 Sport and Society
KINS 7230 History of Sport
KINS 7250 Gender and Sport
KINS 7260 Legal Issues in Sport Management
KINS 7320 Intercollegiate Athletics and Higher Ed
KINS 7350 Biomechanics of Human Movement
KINS 7310 Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation
FDNS 6510 Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle

*other electives with major professor approval

Ph.D. degree. The program of study is developed by the student and a three-person advisory committee based on the student’s background, interests, and career goals. A minimum of 30 semester hours of course work is required. The program is designed to provide in-depth knowledge in the area of specialization and proficiency in designing and conducting research. Students are expected to be involved in research throughout their Ph.D. program. The program requires approximately three to four years for those who have previously completed a master’s degree.

Course work required of all Ph.D. candidates in the Exercise Science Department includes: 4 hours of research seminar (KINS 8990), statistics (ERSH 8310 and 8320), and a minimum of 3 hours of doctoral dissertation (KINS 9300). Courses taken as part of the master’s degree can be used to fulfill requirements.

Courses commonly taken in addition to those listed above are typically selected from:

KINS 7400 Advanced Orthopedic Assessment for Athletic Trainers (3)
KINS 7410 Evidence-Based Medicine in Athletic Training (3)
KINS 7420 Advanced Techniques in Orthopedic Rehabilitation (3)
KINS 7430 Neurological Aspects of Sport Injuries (3)
KINS 7440 Performance-Enhancement Drugs in Sports (3)
KINS 6000 Athletic Training Emergency Care (3)
KINS 6090 Exercise Physiology II
KINS 6300 Exercise Epidemiology
KINS 6600 Measurement and Surveillance of Physical Activity
KINS 7210 Motor Learning and Control
KINS 7160 Advanced Measurement in Exercise Science
KINS 7330 Metabolic and Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise
KINS 7350 Biomechanics of Human Movement
KINS 8200 Meta-Analysis in Health & Human Performance
KINS 8320 Evaluation of Human Neuromuscular Performance
KINS 8410 Neuromuscular Mechanisms in Exercise
KINS 8350 Methods in Biomechanics
KINS 9000 Doctoral Research
KINS 9630 Directed Reading in Exercise Science
ERSH 8350 Multivariate Methods or STAT 8250
ERSH 8650 Generalizability Theory
ERSH 8750 Exploratory & Confirmatory Factor Analysis
ERSH 8760 Structural Equation Modeling
PSYC 8300 Neuroanatomy for Behavioral Scientists
PSYC 8330 Introduction to fMRI for Cognitive Neuroscientists

Laboratory and Program Facilities

The Department of Kinesiology has well-equipped Athletic Training Laboratory for teaching and research. Other laboratory facilities within the department include: Aging and Physical Performance, Biomechanics, Exercise Psychology, Exercise Vascular Biology, Cognition and Skill Acquisition, Metabolism and Body Composition, and Neuromuscular Physiology Labs that are actively involved in research and a separate Fitness Center through which ongoing Adult Fitness, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Fitness Evaluation Programs are offered to University faculty/staff and the Athens community.

Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available the Athletic Department for MS non-thesis students.  This is a separate procedure from applying for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Kinesiology.  Application information can be found at Graduate Assistant Athletic Training Application.

For PhD students, a limited number of teaching or research assistantships are available. Applicants must complete a Kinesiology Department Assistantship Application Form, which can be found at: AT_Graduate_Assistant_Application

For further information about graduate assistantships, candidates should contact:

Cathy Brown, Ph.D., ATC
706-542-9257
browncn@uga.edu

For more information on admission and assistantships, please contact:

the graduate coordinator’s assistant
Department of Kinesiology
115D Ramsey Student Center
University of Georgia
330 River Rd.
Athens, GA 30602-6554
Phone: (706)-542-4378
Fax: (706) 542-3148
Email: kins@uga.edu

Application Procedures