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Athletic Training

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals employed in a variety of professional settings who strive to deliver the most advanced, evidence-based, comprehensive, and personalized health care services for the continued optimal performance of each physically active patient. ATs utilize the professional opinions and experience of established medical professionals and athletic training research to create a personalized approach to the care each patient receives.

The Athletic Training Program at the University of South Carolina is administratively housed in the Department of Exercise Science within the Arnold School of Public Health.

The USC AT Program provides students with experiences with a variety of patient populations, care providers, and healthcare settings. You will find Gamecock Athletic Training Alumni all over the world, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, US Military, NASCAR, Cirque du Soleil, NCAA collegiate athletics, high schools in China and Europe, as well as more traditional settings in secondary schools, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, and industrial settings in the United States. 

Degrees Offered

We currently offer both a Professional Athletic Training Program and a Master of Science in Advanced AT. 

Professional Athletic Training Program (CAATE-Accredited)

The Professional AT Program at USC was established in 1996 and has a long history of producing outstanding athletic trainers that work in various healthcare settings all over South Carolina, United States, and the world. This program is for students interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer. If you are interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, please click on our MS in Athletic Training link below:

Post-Professional Program

This is an advanced degree for practicing athletic trainers. Students applying for this degree must already be a certified athletic trainer by the BOC. 


Athletic Training News

Alicia Flach

Faculty principals play crucial role in student development

USC takes a closer look at new faculty principals like exercise science clinical associate professor Alicia Flach (Galen Health Fellows Living and Learning Community) as they begin their terms.


Secondary school-aged students overseen by athletic trainers more likely to receive emergency medical services, according to new research

The authors interpret these findings as a sign of improved identification and triage of sport-related emergencies and evidence of the need for dedicated athletic trainers at all middle and high school sporting events.

Susan Yeargin

Susan Yeargin named Fellow by two national organizations

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) have both invited the exercise science associate professor to join their fellowship ranks.

Exercise Science Awards

Exercise science recognizes seven students with Outstanding Student Awards

The Department of Exercise Science has selected seven students to receive the 2023 Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards. This year’s winners were chosen for their academic achievements, community service and leadership roles.

Sujal Patel

Top graduate student award winners announced

The top master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Hooding Ceremony. Sujal Patel (M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training) received the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Award, and Gabriel Benavidez won the Doctoral Achievement Award. 

Toni Torres-McGehee

Toni Torres-McGehee wins national Athletic Trainer Service Award

The National Association of Athletic Trainers' Service Award recognizes recipients for their contributions to professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts.


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