Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Athletic Training Program Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Southern Maine Athletic Training Program is to deliver a comprehensive learning experience that will prepare students to excel as entry-level athletic trainers and productive professionals. This program specializes in providing an incremental clinical examination model, emphasis in causal injury treatment, and an abundance of active learning opportunities. The program exposes students to a variety of health care settings, practitioners, and patient populations. The Program is committed to ensure instruction is evidence supported and competency acquisition and mastery of proficiencies are assessed using quality instruments.


Goal 1: Provide students with an optimal classroom experience.

1) Apply an incremental clinical examination model which will effectively instruct the student in the ability to evaluate injuries or illnesses.
2) Repetitively employ circumstances that demand communication and documentation skills.
3) Develop coursework providing an expanded application of manual treatment skill acquisition.
4) The demonstration of administrative functions for preparation in supervisory roles.
5) Assess competencies using quality instruments.

Goal 2: Provide students with an optimal clinical education.

1) Arrange a variety of job settings as clinical sites.
2) Emphasize professional behavioral strategies.
3) Create hands-on learning situations for skill training
4) Expose students to a variety of patient populations
5) Students will observe and assist a variety of health care providers.
6) Assess student proficiencies in an authentic environment.

Goal 3: Provide students with service learning opportunities.

1) Employ community service learning opportunities.
2) Promote civic engagement.

Goal 4: Integrate exposure to undergraduate research opportunities.

1) Select coursework that provides information regarding the research process and critiquing its quality.
2) Develop coursework which requires case reports.
3) Employ assignments which require the review and presentation of literature.
4) Provide opportunities for students to engage in experimental studies

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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