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Athletic Training

What Is Athletic Training?

LMU's Athletic Training Education Program prepares students to join the health care teams that work with professional sports organizations, secondary and postsecondary schools, military branches, sports medicine clinics, and industrial organizations.

The curriculum prepares students for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (BOC) examination, which is required to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health profession. Certified Athletic Trainers are members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and are medical experts in preventing, assessing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. 

What Do Athletic Training Majors Do?

Majors gain proficiency in risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injuries and illnesses, orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis, medical conditions and disabilities, and acute care of injuries and illnesses. Students also learn therapeutic modalities, conditioning and rehabilitative exercises, pharmacology, psychosocial intervention and referral, nutritional aspects of injury and illness, health care administration, and professional development and responsibilities.

Majors take advantage of LMU facilities such as the Human Performance Laboratory and the Athletic Training Room. The former is a space for cardiopulmonary, metabolic, anthropometric, and strength assessments for purposes of education and research. The latter is the setting for care, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. 

Is This Major Right for You?

You might be a Athletic Training major if you:

  • Seek a career in health care
  • Like sports and athletics
  • Care about fitness and healing
  • Want to promote good health
  • Enjoy helping people 

About Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in fields such as exercise physiology, nutrition, physical therapy, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, emergency procedures, kinesiology, and first aid. Faculty members are Certified Athletic Trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists.

Faculty members have served as the head athletic trainer and director of Sports Medicine for the Department of Athletics at LMU and as athletic trainers for the Los Angeles Lakers Summer Pro League mini-camp, the Magic Johnson Mid-Summer All-Star Charity Game, Pete Newell's Big Man Camps, and other teams, camps, and programs. 

About Our Students and Graduates

Our students gain valuable experience in the LMU Athletic Training Room, working with hundreds of student-athletes participating in 21 sports. Students also gain experience at high schools, community colleges, physical therapy clinics, urgent care clinics, and emergency medical facilities.

LMU students majoring or minoring in Athletic Training go on to graduate programs and careers in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, physician assistance, nursing, nutrition, and other related fields. 

Representative Courses

Our offered courses have included:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Principles of Athletic Training
  • First Aid and Emergency Response
  • Nutrition
  • General Biology
  • Lower Extremity Evaluation
  • General Physics
  • Therapeutic Modalities in Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation in Sports Medicine
  • Athletic Training Practicum
  • Biomechanics
  • Administration in Sports Medicine
  • Kinesiology
  • Athletic Training Internship I & II 

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