|Updated April 10, 2014|
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The University of Southern Mississippi's Sports Medicine department is dedicated to providing effective, efficient, high quality medical care to our student-athletes. Our goal is to provide each student-athlete with the tools and education needed to thrive at the Division I level. The Southern Miss Sports Medicine Staff strives to provide the student-athletes with the opportunity to not only treat and rehabilitate injuries, but provide an atmosphere conducive for treating physical, emotional and psychological medical needs. Primary services consist of injury education and prevention, evaluation of injuries/illnesses, management of injuries/illnesses, rehabilitation of injuries, along with general medical treatment/referral. All Sports Medicine Staff members adhere to the guidelines and standards set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as the National Athletic Trainers Association.
At Southern Miss, it is our vision to continue providing the highest quality medical care possible to our student-athletes. The medical field is ever changing and evolving. As medical technology and research continues to grow, the ways in which injuries and illnesses are treated continue to evolve and shift. Staying up-to-date with the latest research and technology is paramount in order to continue giving the highest standard of care to our student-athletes. We vow to research and employ new methods proven to increase the standard of care to our student-athletes. We will continue to implement the newest cost efficient technological advances in the field, ensuring that the care of our student-athletes is consistent with the ever-evolving standards of care. It is our desire to continue to partner ourselves with the most qualified physicians and medical facilities in the Hattiesburg area. As the university and Athletic Department continue to grow, it is our desire to see the Sports Medicine Department continue to flourish through excellence in medical care ensuring that all of our student-athletes receive exceptional care during their tenure here at Southern Miss.
"Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATCs comprise of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from a CAATE accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree." (NATA.org)
Information on The University of Southern Mississippi's CAATE-accredited undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program can be located HERE.