Cheyney University

What is Athletic Training?

“Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.

Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.”


Cheyney University is a NCAA Division II institution with 12 intercollegiate sports competing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic System (PSAC). The athletic training staff is responsible for the health and safety of all student athletes. The athletic trainers work in conjunction with team physicians and are aided by a number of volunteer student athletic trainers. The athletic training staff is credentialed by the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as competent to prevent, assess, manage, treat, and rehabilitate injuries to all student athletes.

Cheyney University has two athletic training facilities located in Cope Hall and Cope Annex (stadium). Each facility is equipped with the necessary equipment to aid in the treatment and rehab of student athletes. The athletic training facilities are open in the afternoon and evening during practice hours. Morning availability varies.

In accordance with Commonwealth law, injuries to students who are not Cheyney University athletic team members may receive first aid from the athletic training staff, but must be referred to the University Health Center for all subsequent treatment.