Sports Science and Rehabilitation Program Overview
The Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive graduate program designed to provide a unique advanced degree option for sports injury management and the experience, training, and confidence demanded of athletic rehabilitation health care specialists.
It is offered as an independent graduate degree or in combination with the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program in a dual-degree format. The recipient of the Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation will possess those skills essential for the assessment, treatment, conditioning, and injury management of athletes. Both on-campus and blended online formats are available. It is also offered with an emphasis in Nutrition and Human Performance.
Logan offers an exceptional opportunity for students to work with current athletes in the St. Louis metropolitan area and outlying regions. Throughout the program, students will be afforded numerous opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary clinical settings with professional, semiprofessional, collegiate and high school sports teams. The BIOFREEZE® Sports and Rehabilitation Centers, both on the Logan campus and within the Southfield clinic, are especially designed to treat athletic injuries while providing valuable experience to student clinicians under the direct supervision of highly qualified faculty.
Earning the master’s degree is accomplished through completion of a curriculum of at least 50 credit hours focused both on theory and on the practical application of skills essential to the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Emphasis is placed on the development of a practical knowledge base gained from the study of anatomy, physiology, orthopedics and biomechanics for the development of an integrated approach to recovery and wellness.
Students are prepared to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal pathology as well as chronic pain. This program offers a unique health care and conditioning opportunity to work with athletes of varied skill levels.
Whether one’s professional goals include teaching, coaching, personal training, sports administration, recreational therapy, corporate wellness programs, ergonomics and exercise counseling, or related health and wellness fields, this degree offers the professional qualifications and identity sought in an increasingly competitive market place.
Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in sports sciences, currently pursuing the Doctor of Chirorpactic Degree or graduates of a Doctor of Chiropracitc Degree Program have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Those qualified matriculating students will have unique and relevant experiences in the prevention and rehabilitation of sports and recreational injuries.
In a comprehensive curriculum that is both academically challenging and practical, all students will be exposed to multiple aspects of sports science and rehabilitation. Enrollment is limited to those individuals who present a level of commitment consistent with the standards of performance expected in graduate science degree study. A dedication to academic achievement, maturity and an attitude of professionalism are qualities which the successful candidate is expected to possess.
A full description of prerequisites for acceptance to the Master of Science Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, including coursework, is provided in the “Admission Requirements” section of the Catalog.
A currently enrolled Doctor of Chiropractic practicing physician may transfer no more than 24 hours of equivalent coursework from the curriculum of the degree granting institution.
Educational Goals and Objectives:
Goal 1. Students will learn body mechanics as it relates to athletic performance.
- Outline and explain the components of human performance testing and evaluation.
- Appraise, organize and develop rehabilitation programs for the upper and lower extremity.
- Design, organize and justify rehabilitation programs for the head and spine.
Goal 2. Students will recognize how injury, environmental load and psychological stress will impact human mechanics and performance.
- Breakdown and interpret the metabolic demands of exercise and movement science.
- Compile and summarize the components of integrated performance training.
- Explain and integrate psychology concepts for mental training to enhance athletic performance.
- Evaluate and defend the environmental physiology impact when creating a sport, exercise or rehabilitation program.
- Design and produce a plan for an emergency situation that may develop during a sporting, exercise or rehabilitation event.
Goal 3. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and application of rehabilitation procedures and exercise design.
- Appraise and differentiate between injury prevention, management and reconditioning.
- Design and plan exercise and rehabilitation programs for all classes and age group athletes. Integrate sports nutrition and performance aids to support exercise and injury management of the groups.