Athletic Training

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries and medical conditions.

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About the Athletic Training Minor

Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes, and can work in a variety of job settings. At Southern Virginia University, students in the Athletic Training minor combine classroom learning with clinical experiences and develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to evaluate and treat athletic injuries.

Students in the program are required to complete a clinical assignment per semester with one of the University’s sports teams for hands-on experiences working with athletes. The athletic training minor will also prepare students for admission into a master’s program in athletic training or employment in the healthcare field.

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Athletic Training minor:

  1. Certification in CPR and AED

  2. Familiarity with working in an athletic environment and personnel

  3. Develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, and clinical experience

  4. Proficiency in first aid knowledge and usage

Career Opportunities

There is a wide array of potential careers with an athletic training minor, including jobs in professional and college sports, hospitals, theatre and dance groups, fitness centers, and more depending on your personal and professional goals.

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Sports Coach
  • Physician Assistant

Get Started in the Athletic Training Minor

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Athletic Training Minor today.


Begin by taking Introduction to Athletic Training (PER 275R) in your first year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with Chad Mahaffey to discuss your interests and goals


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Minor Form to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at emailregistrar@svu.edu.

“The classes are smaller here, so students in Athletic Training are able to have an incredibly immersive experience and more one-on-one training and guidance during their learning. They get a really solid foundation in first aid knowledge and communication skills and they are able to take what they’ve learned here and use it to help others in their career.”

—Chad Mahaffey, Head Athletic Trainer