Role and Mission Fit
The University of Utah’s mission is to serve the state’s and world’s citizens through application and dissemination of knowledge to advance interdisciplinary inquiry, international involvement, and social responsibility. The current Sports Medicine track in the Master of Science degree is one of only 3 graduate training programs in Utah and one of only 2 at public universities. Athletic Trainers trained at the UU play an important role in meeting the health care needs of Utah athletes, regardless of their ages. Athletic Trainers provide front-line injury prevention, acute/emergent injury management, as well as final return to participation determinations within the health care system. This reflects the significant responsibility that University of Utah graduates from this new degree will have in facilitating the recovery of injured athletes. The creation of the MSSM in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is critical to continuing meeting these needs. In addition, positioning the MSSM within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training will align the program with other traditional health care professions and will advance interdisciplinary inquiry and progress the academic preparation of this vital health care profession.