athletic training

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ESS Internships…

Athletic Training majors gain valuable professional experience through a required internship.

Career Opportunities…

An increased demand for professionals with expertise in athletic training creates a variety of opportunities.

ESS Club…

One of the most active student organizations on campus, the ESS Club is designed to develop skills and build connections outside the classroom.

ESS Faculty…

Athletic Traing majors learn from experienced, expert faculty members.

ESS Symposium…

Every spring the Symposium focuses on a chosen theme with speakers who are experts in their fields.

B.S. in Athletic Training

The Athletic Training Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, educates students in the prevention, recognition, management and rehabilitation of injuries for the physically active.

The program supplements students' academic preparation with clinical experience, preparing them for careers in educational settings, professional sports, sports medicine clinics and corporate or industrial settings.

The program also prepares students for graduate studies in athletic training, physical therapy and allied health fields. Students are eligible to apply for the Board of Certification exam after completing this program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education with the next comprehensive review due during the 2021-22 academic year.

For complete information about major requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.

Board of Certification Examination Rates

2013 to 2014 2014 to 2015 3 YEAR AGGREGATE
Number of students graduating from program. 8 5 12 5 8 25
Number of students graduating from program who took examination. 8 5 11 4 7 22
Number of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 5 2 7 3 3 13
Percentage of students who passed the examination on the first attempt. 62.5% 40% 63.64% 75% 43% 59%
Number of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 7 5 9 3 4 16
Percentage of students who passed the examination regardless of the number of attempts. 87.5% 100% 81.82% 75% 57% 73%

Athletic Training Program Accreditation - Status and FAQ

Grad School Affiliations and Pre-Professional Programs…

Colby-Sawyer has affiliation agreements to assist qualified baccalaureate degree graduates from Colby-Sawyer College in gaining admission into the graduate programs at Plymouth State University and Springfield College. The ESS major is a strong foundation for careers in physical therapy and other fields in health care.

Professional programs in physical therapy lead to either master's degrees (two years) or doctorates in physical therapy (three years), although the trend is toward the doctorate. Admission to physical therapy programs is competitive and schools select students on the basis of academic excellence; Graduate Record Exam scores; letters of reference from professors and physical therapists; clinical observation experience; an essay, and an interview.

Students have pursued physical therapy programs from a variety of routes including the Athletic Training and Exercise Science Programs as well as the Biology major. However, students may choose any major and take the suggested prerequisites. See the college catalog for required courses and further information.

Program Highlights

  • An on-campus teaching lab and sports medicine clinic puts education into action.

  • Athletic Training majors may compete on Division III varsity teams.

  • Affiliation agreements assist qualified candidates' entrance into the graduate programs at Plymouth State University and Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.

  • The Exercise and Sport Sciences Department boasts more clinical professors than most schools our size.

Clinical Experiences

In their second year, Athletic Training majors begin the first of five required clinical experiences. Colby-Sawyer students work with a variety of organizations, including:

  • Dartmouth College's football, women’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and rugby teams
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital Orthopedic Department
  • Kearsarge Regional High School
  • Keelin Studio for Strength & Wellness
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • Proctor Academy
  • Saint Paul’s School
  • SMART Physical Therapy
  • St. Anselm College's football, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams
  • Stevens High School

Career Paths

  • Clinic director—Warwick Physical Therapy Institute
  • Clinical dietitian—Holy Family Hospital
  • Director of fitness—Manchester Athletic Club
  • EMT—Golden Cross Ambulance, Inc.
  • Head athletic trainer/assistant director of athletics—Berkshire School
  • Physician assistant—Emergency/Intensive Care/Surgery, Holy Cross Hospital
  • Researcher—Exercise Testing Lab, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Athletic Training Student Outcomes

Graduates will possess knowledge, skills and values necessary to enter the field of athletic training. Students will be able to:

  • Identify injury and illness risk factors that may be encountered by those involved in physical activity and to plan and implement a risk management and prevention program.

  • Understand the physiological responses of human growth and development and the progression of injuries, illnesses and diseases.

  • Assess acute and chronic injuries and illnesses of physically active people and to determine proper care, referring the client to other medical and health care providers when appropriate.

  • Understand the indications, contraindications, precautions, interactions and governing regulations of medications relevant to the treatment of injuries to, and illnesses of, the physically active person.

  • Plan, implement, document and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise programs in the treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of injuries and illnesses in the physically-active person.

  • Recognize, treat and appropriately refer, the general medical conditions and disabilities of those involved in physical activity.

  • Understand and recognize the nutritional aspects of athletics and physical activity.

  • Recognize, intervene and appropriately refer for harmful socio-cultural, mental, emotional and physical behaviors of physically active individuals.

  • Develop, administer and manage a health care facility and associated venues that provide health care to athletes and others involved in physical activity.

  • Understand professional responsibilities, avenues of professional development and national and state regulatory standards for the practice of athletic training.