School of Kinesiology - George Mason University

Kinesiology Graduate Certificate: Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention

The Kinesiology Graduate Certificate with a concentration in Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. Interested students should contact Dr. Joel Martin.

The term Tactical Athlete (TA) can refer to firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, and soldiers in all branches of the military. The unique physical requirements of the TA require high levels of fitness and the ability to perform strenuous tasks with little to no warning. For all TA fields, fitness testing, fitness, and injury prevention are inherently part of the culture. The United States Bureau of Labor reports average to above average growth of firefighters, police, and military occupations over the next decade. According to data from 2015 there are 1.1 million (345,000 career, 815,000 volunteer) firefighters, over 800,000 police officers, and more than 1.2 million active duty military in the US.

The Kinesiology Graduate Certificate: Tactical Athlete Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention features an 8 course, 24 credit, 100% online curriculum. The mission of the program is to provide graduates with foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to become leaders in tactical strength, conditioning and injury prevention. Throughout the curriculum, students will be provided a science-based approach toward the fields of exercise science, sports medicine, athletic training, exercise physiology, human performance and strength and conditioning. Upon graduation students will be prepared to enter the work force and immediately apply knowledge to improve the health and fitness of a tactical populations.

Required Courses

Total Credits: 24