Athletic Training

School of Sport Sciences

The Human Performance Lab has the latest machines and computer simulation software for athletic training, physical education and physiology majors. It's equipped with a Medgraphics cardio machine, a body fat analyzer, motion analysis for biomechanics as well as instruments that provide biofeedback and electronic stimulation for physical therapy and pain reduction. The lab also has dynamic, animated software to enhance the understanding of the body's response to injury and exercise.

Athletic Training Overview
The future looks bright for careers in athletic training with employment projected to grow 24 percent by 2016. Athletic training students at Wingate University gain a quality educational experience through enriching clinical work at hospitals and clinics, high schools and professional sports teams. By interacting with patients and clinicians early on, you can apply the information and skills learned in class in a 'real-world' setting. While at Wingate University, enjoy the opportunity to work with eight Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC's) and 15 NCAA Division II varsity teams on campus, including football, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, tennis and swimming. We also have close ties to several facilities in the community where students can observe other allied health professionals and obtain valuable experience. Our most recent community clinical sites include:

  • Charlotte's NBA team, formerly Charlotte Bobcats now Charlotte Hornets
  • Charlotte Checkers Minor League Ice Hockey
  • OrthoCarolina Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Union Family Practice (General Practitioner)
  • Carolinas Physical Therapy Network
  • Ardrey Kell and Porter Ridge High Schools
  • CMC-Union (Hospital)
Our program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE).

Graduate Opportunities
Physical therapy
Physician's assistant 
Sports psychology
Dr. Traci Gearhart, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor
Program Director for Athletic Training Education





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Classes of Interest
ΦΕΚ - Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Fraternity
SSMC - Sport Sciences Majors Club
SMED - Sports Medicine Education Club 
Charlotte NBA team
Charlotte Checkers (minor league hockey)
OrthoCarolina Orthopaedic clinic
Research Projects
"The Prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad among College Students"
"The Effect of Passive Static Stretching on the Duration of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness in the Hamstring Muscle After Weight Training."
"Why Is There A Limited Number of Female Athletic Trainers in Male- Dominated Sports?"
"Do Life Events Affect the Rate of Injury in Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Basketball?"
"Which Method(s) of Treatment do Baseball Pitchers Prefer Post-Performance?"
"The Effects of Bracing and Taping on Ankle Range of Motion Before, During, and After Exercise"
"The Effects of Short Term Aerobic Exercise on Intelligence"
"Effects of Pilates and Swiss Ball Exercises on Core Musculature Endurance"
Career Opportunities
Traditional Sites
High schools
Sports teams

Non-Traditional Sites
Sports performance centers
Our Graduates
Dinika Johnson – Georgia State University – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Katherine Mann – Charlotte Country Day – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Erica Carpenter – Porter Ridge High School – Head Athletic Trainer/Teacher
Randy Lazicki – Physical Therapist – Duke Sports Medicine
Tim Singleton – Wingate University - Athletic Trainer
Regina Gunn - Owner/Instructor, Gunn's Fitness