Athletic training is a professional field of study that primarily addresses the well-being of the athlete. The athletic trainer assumes responsibility for the overall health care of the athletic population, particularly having an integral role in the prevention, recognition, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Athletic trainers have been employed in traditional settings that include: high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, and rehabilitation clinics. Of late, the practice of athletic training has expanded to include a variety of settings apart from the traditional athletic population which now include: physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of the practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to educational preparation and state practice act.
The mission of the University of Missouri Athletic Training Education Program is to be a global leader in providing exceptional learning environments to foster the academic and professional growth of students pursuing the study of athletic training. The curriculum is designed to enhance critical thinking and practical skill application through didactic and clinical experiences with highly trained, experienced professionals representing a variety of disciplines associated with the Sports Medicine team. Specifically, the goals of the program are to:
Disclaimer: The Athletic Training Education Program at the University of Missouri is NOT accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) . Only graduates of CAATE accredited programs are eligible to sit for the Board of Certifi cation examination. The program is anticipating submission of application for accreditation and subsequent site visit for accreditation in spring 2016. Application and site visitation for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation.