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George Mason University Offers New Programs in Sport Management, Athletic Training and Tourism

May. 2, 2001

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MANASSAS, Va.---Managing a professional sports arena, assessing injuries of the hometown football team or planning a conference for attendees from around the world are careers that can be explored through new academic programs at George Mason University.

Beginning in the fall, the department of health, fitness and recreation resources offers three new concentrations as part of its bachelor of science degree program. Students can specialize in sport management, athletic training, or tourism and events management, with classes offered at the Prince William and Fairfax campuses. Facilities such as the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas and the Patriot Center in Fairfax serve as sites for internships and clinical rotations.

Sport management, a popular and rapidly growing academic specialty, prepares students for entry-level careers in the sport industry. The curriculum, recommended by the North American Society for Sport Management, comprises several areas of sport competency, including ethics and legal aspects, marketing and finance, sociocultural dimensions, management and leadership, psychology and field experience. "Sport management as an academic discipline is being recognized worldwide for contributions to the growth and development of the sport industry," says Danielle Mincey, a professor in the program who also was involved in curriculum development. "As more and more jobs are becoming available in the industry, students need to be prepared for career opportunities with a solid academic background and hands-on training through internships and other opportunities."

The athletic training program, currently under review for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, prepares students to function as members of health care teams in high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other health care settings. Program director Janet Lozar says, "Academic courses in the care and prevention of athletic injuries and hands-on clinical experiences under the supervision of physicians and National Athletic Trainers' Association-certified athletic trainers are the hallmarks of George Mason's program."

The university's new program in tourism and events management offers a unique set of highly marketable skills to students interested in careers in an industry that ranks as the first or second economic indicator in 48 states. "Our program is qualitatively different from others in the region and will address industry and community issues that are not currently studied in the Virginia or Washington, D.C., area," says Russell Brayley, who joins George Mason from Indiana University to launch the program. "Students will develop business skills as well as an appreciation for the economic, social and physical impacts of tourism."

Registration for fall semester classes is now under way. Contact the admissions office at (703) 993-2400 for additional information, or visit online at http://admissions.gmu.edu.

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