Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

William Woods University, an independent voice in higher education, prepares its undergraduate students for careers in the allied heath profession of athletic training. William Woods University has assembled the resources necessary to provide a comprehensive curriculum and clinical education through the point of view of a liberal arts education. William Woods strives to challenge its students to think critically and to apply information learned in the context of the classroom to real life situations. William Woods instills in its students the power of knowledge and value of life long education.

Objectives for the Major

  • Demonstrate entry-level proficiency in the assessment of athletic related injury and illness
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the body’s response to exercise
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement an emergency action plan, triage injury and demonstrate the ability to perform skills associated with the administration of first aid and emergency care.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge in the area of general medical conditions, illness, disease and disabilities associated with the management and care of the athlete.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge in the areas of record keeping and health care administration
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the anatomy and structure of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the function of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems of the human body and the interrelated function of the organ systems.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental working knowledge of the science of motion of the human body and the internal and external forces that create or hinder motion.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical ethics and legal issues that influence the practice of athletic training.
  • Possess the ability to analyze the daily dietary intake of an athlete and make recommendations as to hydration, pre-event and post-event meals and the use of dietary supplements.
  • Possess a fundamental knowledge of the pathology of common illnesses and injuries associated with the athlete.
  • Possess a basic understanding of pharmacological principles.
  • Possess an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional and maintaining a current knowledge base.
  • Possess an understanding of psychosocial problems and having the knowledge to make a decision for intervention or referral.
  • Possess the ability to analyze a situation or event and take the appropriate action to limit liability and in so doing prevent injury and illness.
  • Apply the basic concepts of biomechanics, to strength training and reconditioning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze statistical data and understand the methods to design research experiments.
  • Possess the knowledge of the scientific principles and techniques to design and implement therapeutic exercise programs.
  • Possess the knowledge of the scientific principles and techniques in the administration of therapeutic modalities.
  • Possess a fundamental knowledge of specific weight training and aerobic exercise activities and their effects on weight management and body composition.
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