Treatment and Prevention
MCLA adds athletic training major
This fall, MCLA proudly presents a new major in its Biology Department. Students now may earn a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. Since 1977, MCLA offered a biology degree with a concentration in sports medicine. This program grew out of a strong interest that grew over the years.
According to the coordinator of the program, Peter Hoyt, MCLA's sports medicine program director, as they move through their course work, MCLA students learn the specific duties of an athletic trainer.
For example, "Students in Introduction to Athletic Training learn preventative wrapping and taping techniques, while those taking our Lower Body Assessment course learn specific clinical tests to diagnose injuries to the lower extremities. Those in our Therapeutic Exercise course learn specific exercises for rehabilitation," he explains.
In addition to working with MCLA's student athletes, Hoyt's students work in the field. They are placed at Mount Anthony High School, North Adams Physical Therapy, Williamstown Physical Therapy, and the Adams Turners gymnastics program.
"Our students are able to work with a different population of patients through their work outside of the College," he says. "Some of these patients are physically active individuals and others are not."
In addition, the students have the opportunity to work with people who have injuries that are different than those they'd typically see. "Total hip or knee replacements are not usually seen when working with college-aged athletes," Hoyt points out.
This on-the-job experience also exposes the students to different philosophies of patient care in rehabilitation and therapeutic modality usage. Graduates of the sports medicine program will have at least 1,000 hours of patient care prior to graduation, which prepares them for graduate school.
"Graduates will also be prepared to enter graduate school in many fields, specifically areas of Allied Health, Exercise Science, and Kinesiology," Joslin says. "This program will also prepare students to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The program also prepares students to be eligible for a Health Fitness Instructor certification and an Exercise Specialist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as many other personal trainer/fitness professional certifications through several professional associations."