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AASU’s Sports Medicine Program Recognized Nationally


AASU's master's program in sports medicine is one of only nine in the United States, one of two in the Southeast and the sole program in the state of Georgia to receive special recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

(October 22, 2009) The Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) graduate sports medicine program has received special recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the world's largest organization providing education and training for optimal sports performance and conditioning. For successfully meeting established criteria, the NSCA officially recognized AASU's Educational Program in strength and conditioning.

AASU's Master of Science in Sports Medicine, which specializes in strength and conditioning, exercise science and the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, is now nationally recognized as having a high-quality curriculum in the sports medicine field.

AASU's program is one of only nine in the United States, one of two in the Southeast and the sole program in the state of Georgia that has received such recognition.

"This is a tremendous honor for the university," said Bryan Riemann, AASU associate professor of sports medicine and program director. "This shows that we have a cutting-edge program with faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research and who are providing the best possible education to our graduate students."

Since 2008, AASU students have had at their disposal the Biodynamics Center on campus. The 3,050-square-foot facility is dedicated to the study and research of human biomechanics and combines research and teaching opportunities for faculty and students in the areas of health sciences and physical therapy, including sports medicine and exercise science.

"This latest recognition is a deserving accolade for AASU's College of Health Professions and speaks to the quality and reputation that we have achieved as the leading health professions education provider in our region," said Shelley Conroy, AASU dean of health professions.

AASU's Master of Science in Sports Medicine is one of three graduate programs offered by the Department of Health Sciences in AASU's College of Health Professions. The program also provides local professionals with the opportunity to take the nationally recognized Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam on campus.

"Our graduate sports medicine program retains its commitment to the community by offering an annual educational symposium open to the public, which enables local fitness and conditioning professionals to earn continuing education credits," said Bob LeFavi, professor and graduate coordinator of the Master of Science in Sports Medicine program.

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