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Play a critical role in the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries

One side of you thrives on the adrenaline rush of sports and physical activity. The other side is fascinated by the mechanics of human movement, the pathokinesiology of joint injury and the pathways to human performance optimization.

Enroll in the Sports Medicine program at Pitt and focus on all of these areas of interest. And more.

This extensive program has a strong reputation for its multidisciplinary curriculum and highly personalized approach. As a student you will build your knowledge of the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and illness. Our curriculum is rigorous yet flexible, so your educational experience can be personalized to achieve your individualized goals, including opportunities to participate in clinical or teaching internships or other elective experiences. 

Opportunities for meaningful research in this program are unparalleled. In the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/ Warrior Human Performance Research Center, renowned faculty researchers will be your mentors as you gain hands-on experience working with elite athletes, military personnel and other physically active individuals. If you select the thesis track of this program, you can develop your own research agenda using these state-of-the-science facilities.

As a graduate, you will be well prepared to work in clinical or educational settings such as colleges and universities, high schools and private sports medicine clinics, or pursue additional study in the fields of physical therapy, bioengineering and exercise physiology.

Bold Moves SHRS: “This research is important to the Marine Corps to help ensure women are provided full and equal opportunities in pursuit of successful military careers, free of bias and unfounded barriers.” The U.S. Marine Corps recently awarded a $2 million contract to Pitt SHRS researchers and other universities to study the sociological and physical training effects of increased gender integration in training. Read how Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL) researcher and doctoral student Patrick Peterson is spearheading these efforts here.