Health Sciences

Program Features

The Master of Science in Sports Medicine - Strength and Conditioning emphasis curriculum is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as meeting the criteria for acceptance into the National Strength and Conditioning Recognition Program. Specifically the program at Armstrong meets curricular and experiential competencies for Recognition in Research. As part of the program, students are mentored through the completion of an applied capstone research project. During their residency, the majority of our students are involved with presenting research at national meetings, including the annual meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. Many of the research projects are also submitted for publication in professional journals such as the International Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Athletic  Training, and the International Journal of Exercise Science. Having the experience of not only conducting a research project but also the opportunity and encouragement of taking the research completely through the dissemination (presentation and publication) process provides graduates an enhanced ability to evaluate research as it relates to future developments in sports medicine.      

An additional unique feature of our program is the interdisciplinary faculty. Courses, practical experience and research projects involve full time and part-time faculty with specialties in strength and conditioning, athletic training, exercise physiology, sports/orthopedic/cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, engineering, medical technology, computer-based applications, respiratory physiology, and international education. Additionally, using an interdisciplinary faculty ensures that students are not only educated from a variety of perspectives but also have practical experiences in a variety of settings such as medical technology, physical and respiratory therapy, and cadaver laboratories.  

MSSM students have gained valuable experience in collegiate strength and conditioning centers, worksite health promotion programs, your sport facilities, hospital-based wellness centers, and sports training institutes.

Students in the program also have access to the Biodynamics Center during coursework and completion of their research projects. Opened in January 2008, the 2,800 square foot Biodynamics Center is dedicated to studying the prevention, evaluation and treatment of movement related disease and injury across the lifespan. Instrumentation contained within the Center include motion analysis, three forceplates, eight-channel electromyography unit, three muscle dynamometers, and several dedicated data acquisition and processing computers. In addition, a new metabolic cart, treadmill, and body composition measurement instruments were added to the Center this past summer.   

Finally, Armstrong Sports Medicine students take advantage of small class sizes, personalized programs of study, accessible faculty and instructional staff with years of experience. Many students find the location of Armstrong, close to many health service and sports medicine organizations in Savannah, of benefit during their course of study - particularly with reference to practicum and internship opportunities.