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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Apr 15, 2021
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sports Medicine and Nutrition - Sports Medicine Concentration, MS

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The Sports Medicine (SM) program focuses on enhancing the knowledge base in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illness. Athletic Trainers, other health care professionals and individuals interested in sports medicine will find the curriculum well-suited to meet their post-professional goals and objectives. Several graduate assistantships are available for applicants who are Certified Athletic Trainers.


The Sports Medicine (SM) concentration leading to a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition.

Program Summary
36 credits (full-time-only)
4 terms
Program starts fall term only

Sports medicine is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on health care issues for athletes and physically active individuals. The SM program has a research focus and provides a core curriculum that is central to the pathokinesiology of joint injury and the principles by which restoration of joint function is accomplished. Graduates of the program seek appointments in both clinical and educational settings at colleges and universities, high schools and private sports medicine clinics. Individuals who have successfully completed our program include physical therapists, bioengineers and exercise physiologists.    

Graduate assistantships are available to applicants who are athletic trainers and include appointments at the University of Pittsburgh. The yearly assistantships include tuition remission and stipend.


Students are provided with a research experience within the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center that focuses on issues central to clinical research in orthopedics and sports medicine. Research includes the use ofelectromyography, motion analysis, isokinetic dynamometry, physiological, proprioceptive, and balance assessment modalities for the purpose of definingand restoring function as well as optimizing performance in military personnel, injured athletes, and in physically active individuals. Monthly seminars provide students with access to the most current research and clinical developments related to patient care.

The NMRL boasts:

  • 30 years of comprehensive, relevant sports medicine research as part of the University of Pittsburgh
  • A 10-year history of Department of Defense (DoD) Human Performance Operation and Injury Prevention Research
  • Lab leadership with over 75 years of sports medicine experience and 55 years of military experience
  • Unique understanding of DoD Human Performance Operation and Injury Prevention needs
  • Multi-disciplinary, team-centric approaches to research
  • Cutting-edge and innovative research capabilities

Program Requirements

The concentration in sports medicine requires a student to successfully complete a minimum of 36 credits and is available with a thesis and non-thesis option. Master’s degree candidates must successfully defend a thesis research project or scholarly paper (non-thesis track) in the second year for completion of the program.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

In addition to the course work, students who are certified athletic trainers and are awarded graduate student assistantships are provided with clinical experiences in athletic training and sports medicine settings. All students are provided the opportunity for research experience within the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory.

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