On The Road to Athletic Training

Kelsey Dubia, Plymouth State University IDS Major

Over the years, I have been to various colleges and have accumulated quite a few credits. Majoring in General Studies for my Associate’s Degree at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, I took classes related to the social science field as well as other basic classes in mathematics and English. After I completed my first degree, I was unsure what I wanted to do next. So I kept on working at my many jobs, not taking my education any further for the time being. Then I stopped dancing which was something I had been doing since the age of four. I started going to the gym and getting into physical fitness to supplement that aspect of my life that I had lost. Changing my lifestyle from dance to going to the gym was where my connection to health sciences stemmed.

I transferred to Plymouth State with eighty-two credits. I wanted to start in the undergraduate program for Athletic Training but there was a catch. I had so many credits coming in that to start the undergraduate program would be more time consuming and costly. I learned that I could finish my degree with Interdisciplinary Studies and apply for the graduate program for Athletic Training. This is why this major works best for me. I was able to use my transfer credits as well as combine the following courses to act as a stepping stone towards a graduate program. For transfer students, Interdisciplinary Studies can be the best route.

The first two classes that I wanted to include are a major part of health sciences. BI 2110 Anatomy and Physiology I and BI 2120 Anatomy and Physiology II. These classes are the basic learning blocks to any human science discipline, but especially that of an Athletic Training degree. I received a lot of information from these two courses. While overwhelming, I found myself being able to utilize it all throughout my educational career thus far. Another standard building block is BI 1110 Biology II. This focuses on the human body on a smaller scale and the reactions that are taking place within the body.

I am currently taking PE 3570 Kinesiology and PE 4780 Exercise Prescription. Kinesiology is critical to understanding the forces exerted on the body and its mechanical movements. Exercise prescription is all about learning how to train and prescribe exercise to those who are looking for personal training or even just rehabilitation with an athlete. It mainly focuses on finding the right prescription for the client while keeping in mind their physical limitations. To understand both kinesiology and exercise prescription, PE 3580 Physiology of Exercise is a key foundation. This is where I was able to learn how the body responds to physical activity in various environments and how we utilize energy to carry out those activities.  In PE 2850 Wellness Choices, we explored various health epidemics and conditions in today’s societies. We also looked at various remedies for making healthier choices in our day to day lives.

I included MA 2300 Statistics into my contract. Even right now in Kinesiology, I am finding that we are using basic math equations for various calculations so math will always be something I can utilize.

I have taken a series of health, psychology, and sociology courses to gain insight into other disciplines to cover other spectrums of health science. HE 3220 Personal Nutrition taught me the basics of how my body is affected by various nutrients and how that can hinder performance and results. HE 2500 First Aid & CPR/AED gave me the tools for basic emergency care that I may need to use as an Athletic Trainer. PS 2010 Introduction to Psychology is an important aspect of health sciences that I believe will help me deal with emotions of my patients who may be going through physical trauma. PS 2050 Life-Span Developmental Psychology taught me how to understand human development throughout a lifespan. It also discusses various conditions that develop throughout life that may effect mental and physical well being.

Currently, I am taking SO 3500 Illness, Wellness, & Healing. It is based around the birth of medicine and disease and how that functions and interacts with our society as a whole. HE 3200 Stress Management was a useful course that I think should be a requirement. This course focused on various coping techniques for dealing with stress and also helped us recognize how we individually deal with our own stress. And lastly, CJ 3150 Society, Ethics, & Law was a course on ethical values and situations within our society as whole. We looked at various topics and had debates about whether we viewed something as ethical or unethical. It also gave us a look into law enforcement and the various subcultures within it.

This program is a stepping stone for my future endeavors. Combining courses that are needed for the Athletic Training graduate program and mixing in transfer credits that are based around social sciences brings my major full circle. Understanding mental health is just as important as understanding physical health. This program of Health Science is designed around both of those aspects and will help me learn how to administer the best care I can.


One Reply to “On The Road to Athletic Training”

  1. Yes, indeed, I know my own mood is directly connected to my physical wellbeing. I see now how, as a former dancer, your interest in the building of muscle around the developing body has come to find its place in your research on the impacts of extensive physical training on young athletes. Succinct and organized post, Kelsey!

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