Clinical Education Experience

Students gain valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout the duration of the program. Clinical education experiences are designed to provide exposure to universities, secondary schools and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, as well as industrial and performing arts settings. Care is taken to ensure all students gain experience with upper- and lower-extremity sports, equipment-intensive sports, high- and low-risk sports, male and female sports, and non-orthopaedic conditions.

The diversity of our clinical education settings enables students to gain experience in almost all areas in which athletic trainers can be employed.

WHY UCF?

UCF offers a wide variety of clinical education experiences with organizations such as UCF Athletics, Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks, local and area high schools, professional sports teams, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and more.

  • University of Central Florida Athletics Association (UCFAA)
  • Rollins College
  • Orange County Public Schools

Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in university and collegiate athletics, including collegiate cheerleading and dance. Students gain experience traveling with teams and communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.

  • University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC)

The Recreation and Wellness Center is open to all UCF students and provides athletic training services to students and staff and faculty members with membership at the center. Students are exposed to the orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur during intramural sports, sport clubs, adaptive and inclusive recreation, outdoor adventure, fitness, and aquatics.

  • Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)
  • Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS)
  • Bishop Moore Catholic School
  • Trinity Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)
  • Lake Highland Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)
  • Windermere Preparatory School (Grades 7-12)

Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in middle school and high school athletics. Students gain experience traveling with teams and communicating with parents, physicians, coaches, and administrative personnel.

  • Sports Specific Training & Rehabilitation (SST)

Sports Specific Training is an outpatient rehabilitation facility that focuses on injury prevention and sports medicine services. Students are exposed to athletic trainers and physical therapists who lead their clients through rehabilitation and performance goals.

  • Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks

At Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks, students gain experience in an industrial setting where overuse injuries and accidents require outpatient rehabilitation. This facility focuses on injury prevention and risk management to keep the “industrial athletes” at the space center healthy.  Students learn about the unique needs of industrial patients in this unique and innovative setting.

  • Orlando Sports Medicine Group (OSMG)

Orlando Sports Medicine Group offers outpatient rehabilitation, post-surgical care, and concussion management for both sport and non-sport populations. Students are exposed athletic trainers and physical therapists who lead their clients through rehabilitation and performance goals.

  • Orlando Solar Bears – NHL
  • Orlando City Soccer Club Lions – MLS
  • Orlando City Soccer Club Pride – NWSL

Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in professional team athletics. Students gain experience communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.

  • WWE Performance Center

Students are exposed to a variety of orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic conditions that occur in amateur and professional wrestling ― a sport and performing art. Students gain experience communicating with physicians, coaches and administrative personnel.

Athletic Training Students

This UCF Sports Medicine video highlights the importance of athletic training students to the program. Students (at the time) Caitlin “Katie” Michaels (image below, left) and Michelle Galvin (right) are featured in the video.

The athletic training students do an absolutely great job. They’re a huge asset to what we do.”
― UCF Assistant Athletic Trainer Jud Fann, a 2003 graduate of the Athletic Training Program

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