About AT Grad Program

Graduate (M.A.) Program

The graduate athletic training education program at San Jose State University, sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, offers the opportunity to combine 12 semester hours of graduate courses in athletic training while pursuing a Master of Arts degree. Academic preparation which focuses on critical thinking skills in athletic training is supplemented with practical experience to prepare students to assume major responsibilities and leadership roles within the athletic training profession.

Opportunities to gain experience with university and community college intercollegiate athletic programs, secondary school interscholastic settings, and/or sports medicine physical therapy clinics exits for students matriculating in the San Jose State University GATEP. In addition GATEP students may participate in the education of students in the CAATE accredited UATEP. Area physicians and allied health professionals complement the graduate faculty as they contribute to the educational process by presenting guest lectures, providing clinical instruction, and facilitating opportunities for observation of orthopedic surgery for the students.

The mission of the Graduate Athletic Training Program is to enhance the mastery of athletic training discipline through a sound theoretical and reasearch base, as well as diversity of thought and experiences. The Graduate Athletic Training Education Program seeks to:

  • Develop critical and independent thinkers
  • Facilitate and promote community interaction/aid in sports medicine
  • Foster scholarly and research activities
  • Develop exemplary athletic training professionals
  • Enhance and augment athletic training skills through evidence based exploration

A unique strength to the GATEP is the ability to work with exceptional faculty in various emphasis areas including sports management, sport psychology, and sport sociology. Below are titles of recent projects and theses, show casing the various research possibilities.

Recent Project Titles for 2014-2016:

  • Evan Drabik. Athletic Injury Education: An Informational Guide for Youth Sports
  • Nicholas Martinez. An Analysis of Athletic Training Injury-Tracking Software Programs Leading to the Development of a New, Superior Program
  • Debra Austin. Marin Athletics CrossFit- Athletic Training Facility/CrossFit Gym Business Plan
  • Evan Krening. Post Activation Potentiation Effect of Miniband Activation Exercises on Gluteus Medius Activation in Collegiate Volleyball Players
  • †Yukiko Nakamura. EMG Activities of Scapular Muscle Control in Free Motion Exercise(2014 Outstanding Plan B Project of the Semester*)
  • Ryan Nokes. Muscle EMG Activity in Vibram’s FiveFinger Shoe
  • Shelby Baldini. Male Student-Athletes’ Experiences Working With Female Athletic Trainers
  • Courtney Beverine. Concussion Management tools: The ImPACT test
  • Deirdre Chatlos. The Validity of the Session Rate of Perceived Exertion Method to
  • Quantify Internal Training Load in Collegiate Male Soccer Players
  • Anne Erndl. A Comparison of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Dynamic Stretching on Hamstrings Tissue Extensibility in High School Athletes
  • Jessica Fortner. The “Golden Rule”: Athletic Trainers’ Perception of Concussions
  • Sica Glauser. Presentation and Treatment of Bilateral Elbow Dislocations in a Gymnast: A Case Study
  • Matthew Greenwald. Torque Created Between Different Athletic Cleats and Artificial Turf
  • Jessica Reinhart. Effects of Inversion on Concussed Athletes
  • Julie Ann Soller. Coping with Post-Concussion Syndrome in Collegiate Women Soccer Athletes: A Qualitative Study (2015 Outstanding Plan B Project of the Semester*)
  • Kiah Sundermeir. The Effects of Female Hormones on the Sustention of Athletic Injuries
  • Shelby Baldini. Male Student-Athletes’ Experiences Working With Female Athletic Trainers
  • Courtney Beverine. Concussion Management tools: The ImPACT test
  • Deirdre Chatlos. The Validity of the Session Rate of Perceived Exertion Method to
  • Quantify Internal Training Load in Collegiate Male Soccer Players
  • Anne Erndl. A Comparison of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Dynamic Stretching on Hamstrings Tissue Extensibility in High School Athletes
  • Jessica Fortner. The “Golden Rule”: Athletic Trainers’ Perception of Concussions
  • Sica Glauser. Presentation and Treatment of Bilateral Elbow Dislocations in a Gymnast: A Case Study
  • Matthew Greenwald. Torque Created Between Different Athletic Cleats and Artificial Turf
  • Jessica Reinhart. Effects of Inversion on Concussed Athletes
  • Julie Ann Soller. Coping with Post-Concussion Syndrome in Collegiate Women Soccer Athletes: A Qualitative Study (2015 Outstanding Plan B Project of the Semester*)
  • Kiah Sundermeir. The Effects of Female Hormones on the Sustention of Athletic Injuries
  • Elizabeth Antosz. Diagnosis, Arthroscopic Intervention, and Recovery of Two Volleyball Athletes with Suprascapular Nerve Entrapment at the Spinoglenoid Notch
  • Gagandeep Cheema. Asian American Parents’ Perceptions of Seeking Care From an Athletic Trainer in the Secondary School Setting
  • Kelly Estrella. A Case Study: Ulnar Collateral Ligament Avulsion in a Collegiate Rugby Player
  • Randen Morisako. Sources of Social Support in Graduate Assistant Athletic Training Students
  • Max Munson. The Effect of Lower Extremity Rhythmical Exercises on Core Stability Muscle Activities (2016 Outstanding Plan B Project of the Semester*)
  • Henry Pai. Periacetabular Osteotomy for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Case Study
  • Elizabeth Pena. Presentation and Treatment of a Posterolateral Corner Knee Injury in a Male Soccer Player: A Case Study
  • Patrick Reyes. Nordic Hamstring Exercise: The Effects of a Six Week Exercise Progression
  • Hally Tappan. Comparison of Static Tibio-femoral Rotational Alignment between an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructed Knee and the Contralateral Knee in Female Collegiate Athletes.
  • Kevin Williams. The Effect of Elastic Therapeutic Tape on Dynamic Balance Following Exercise in Collegiate Athletes

*Three projects were awared "Outstanding Plan B Projects of Semester" by the faculty committee each semester.

† Nakamura Y, Tsuruike M, EllenbeckerTS. Electromyographic Activity of Scapular Muscle Control in Free-Motion Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training. 51(3):195-204, 2016.




Athletic Training Education Programs
Department of Kinesiology
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0054
408.924.3040
contact us: massaki.tsuruike@sjsu.edu
Masaaki Tsuruike, PhD, ATC
Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program