Seventy percent of sports medicine professionals possess graduate degrees. Through coursework, sports medicine assistantships, and other opportunities, Cornell students are provided opportunities to prepare for graduate programs in sports medicine.

Physical therapy

Cornell can help prepare you to be a competitive candidate and succeed in Physical Therapy school. The general coursework prerequisites for physical therapy programs are similar to other pre-health programs, with a greater emphasis in human anatomy and physiology. PT programs are highly competitive and have more prerequisites than medical programs. The average cumulative GPA for those accepted into PT programs is 3.5 or higher. In addition, a GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) composite score of 1000 or higher is needed to be competitive for graduate school.  

Clinical experience is required for acceptance into these program. Schools often require a specific number of clinical hours and may stipulate the type(s) of work settings required. Cornell students often meet these requirement through volunteer work, part-time work in a therapy setting, PT internships, job shadowing, or working as Sports Medicine Assistant for Cornell's Athletic Department.

Because not all physical therapy programs require the same pre-requisites, it is best to check specific school pre-requisites during your sophomore year. The Dimensions Associate Director can assist you in obtaining this information. Generally, courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology, statistics, and the social sciences are required. Many Cornell students interested in PT double major in either Biology and Psychology or Kinesiology and Psychology

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Athletic training

Although Cornell College 's sports medicine program is not an accredited athletic training program. the college's program is geared at offering the students experiences in the area of sports medicine. There are opportunities to go to an entry-level masters program to receive your certification after your education at Cornell College. In fact, over 70% of practicing athletic trainers in the collegiate setting have their masters degree.

Sports Medicine Assistant (SMA) is a Cornell College student who is interested in gaining experience in various areas of Sports Medicine. These students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in areas of athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical therapy and sports nutrition. This knowledge is then applied in a variety of areas - but not limited to -Cornell's new athletic training room, with Cornell's team physicians, and with local physical therapists. The sports medicine assistants work with the college's 17 intercollegiate athletic teams. (include a link to the Cornell athletic training/ SMA page here)

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Sports and exercise psychology

Sport and exercise psychology is the scientific study of psychological factors that influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport and exercise. Sport psychology specialists apply this knowledge to help athletes use psychological principles to enhance competitive performance. They may advise athletes and coaches on issues such as team building, motivation, performance anxiety, preparing for competition, over training prevention, and mental skills such as self-talk, imagery, concentration. Exercise psychology specialists work to gain a better understanding of how participation in exercise affects psychological development, health and well-being throughout the lifespan. They apply psychological principles in health and wellness settings for issues related to obesity management, motivation for diet and exercise adherence, stress management, injury rehabilitation, and using exercise as adjunct treatment for mood disorders.

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Students with an interest in nutrition often have a long-term goal of becoming a Registered Dietician. To do so, students must be accepted into a Dietetic Internship (DI) program and pass a national registration exam. Students may also wish to pursue a Master’s or Doctorate degree in a nutrition related field. Assistance in preparation and identification of prerequisite coursework for graduate programs can be found with help from your advisor or the Cornell Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare program.

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American College of Sports Medicine Certifications

The American College of Sports Medicine offers numerous certifications in health, fitness, clinical, and specialty areas. Some examples of ACSM certification programs include: personal training, health and fitness specialist, clinical exercise physiologist, cancer exercise trainer, and public health specialist. Upon earning your degree from Cornell in Kinesiology, you are positioned well to qualify to sit for an ACSM certification exam. Please see the links below for additional information regarding the wide array of ACSM related opportunities.