Coordinator: Dr. Bethany Wisthoff
Why Major in Sports Health?
Do you desire a career in Athletic Training? The Sports Health major at the University of Delaware is the perfect match for students who desire a career as an athletic trainer and want to enter the environment of sports health care. The Sports Health major is housed in the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology and offers an exciting and enriching pathway toward the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training (MS-AT) via the hybrid 3+2 program. Thus, students wishing to pursue a career in Athletic Training will (provided they meet the necessary admissions benchmarks) move directly into the MS-AT program. A series of strategically placed 1-credit hour pre-athletic training seminars each semester will enable Sports Health majors the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge in a variety of sports medicine topics as well as become involved in observational clinical rotations involving UD student-athletes.
Uniqueness of Our Program
The “health science” brand is alive and well in UD’s College of Health Sciences positioned strategically on the STAR Health campus, among the contemporary and state of the art health education facilities. Sports Health at the University of Delaware provides unique didactic and clinical experiences that prepare students for exciting graduate school opportunities in Athletic Training and other allied health careers. Clinical observational experiences working with UD’s high-level NCAA Division I student-athletes and clinical staff is a strength of UD’s educational program. Students wishing to pursue an exciting allied health career in Athletic Training can take part in the only 3+2 program at the University of Delaware.
The Sports Health curriculum is designed to allow students the ability to take all required prerequisite courses for admission into the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training. Foundational coursework in anatomy, physiology, biology, first aid/CPR, and introduction to sports health care, as well as additional breadth requirements in English, social sciences, and multi-cultural experiences round out the curriculum. The Sports Health curriculum provides a unique pathway for entry into the MS-AT program that is only available to students who matriculate at UD. The transition into the MS-AT program would occur following successful completion of the junior year (3 years) in the “Sports Health” major, with additional 2 consecutive calendar years of coursework required to receive the master’s degree.
Students who do not meet minimum standards for admission into the entry-level Athletic Training Program or who otherwise do not wish to pursue becoming a certified Athletic Trainer may opt to complete the senior year and finish with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Health and be positioned to pursue careers in a variety of other health disciplines.