Athletic Therapy Mini-Stream

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies have collaborated to provide KIN students an enriched learning experience in the field of Athletic Therapy. 

As Athletic Therapy Trainers, students work with a varsity team to acquire hands-on experience.  They help assess and treat various injuries, work at varsity games, practice taping, and more.  Qualified students compete for a limited number of positions and need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, and eager to learn.  The mini-stream requires a strong commitment from students, as they are valued members of the Inter-University Sport Program.

In addition to a required theory course in second year, students will work with varsity athletes and teams acquiring valuable skills, applied knowledge, and invaluable experience over a three-year period for a total of 12.0 course units (see details below).  Students receive a certificate from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies (it will not appear on the student transcript).

Application Requirements

Students apply at the end of first year to Level One of the mini-stream. To apply, students should:

1. Review the slides from the 2024 Mini-Stream Information Session (Tuesday, February 6th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM in KINE 101).

2. Apply for a position by email to the SKHS Student Experience Coordinator (at by Monday, March 4th, 2024 @ 11:59 pm.  Late applications are not accepted.

  • Applications must include a current resume and cover letter outlining relevant experience and a brief explanation of interest in athletic therapy. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one file (preferably as a PDF) and ensure the document file name includes your full name and the mini-stream you are applying to.
  • If selected, students will be expected to have current Standard First Aid & CPR and a valid CPIC (Police check) with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • For more tips, watch this workshop on resumes & cover letters or register for the Resume & Cover Letter Workshop on Tuesday, February 27th at 10AM – 11AM (register here).

Mini-Stream Requirements

Level One (taken in second or third year).

  • Students complete 24 practicum hours in the Athletic Therapy program at Q Sports Medicine in the Athletic and Recreation Centre in the winter term.
  • Students complete “Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries” in the Winter Term (KNPE 331/3.0). This course focuses on the care and prevention of common athletic injuries with emphasis placed on the practical portion of taping and wrapping of athletic trauma, which provides students with a solid educational and practical background to move on to the second year of the stream.

Level Two (taken in third or fourth year).

  • Students register into “Field Placement in Athletic Therapy” (KNPE 330/4.5) and complete at least 165 practicum hours.
  • Working with a varsity team, students will be responsible (under supervision) for the field coverage and taping for the team to which they are assigned, and are strongly encouraged to help with assessments and rehabilitation of team members.

Level Three (taken in fourth or a fifth year).

  • Students register into “Internship in Athletic Therapy” (KNPE 430/4.5) and complete at least 165 practicum hours.
  • During this internship, students will split their time equally between:
    • working with a varsity team and mentoring other student trainers, and:
    • working in the Athletic Therapy clinic, helping with assessments, treatments, bracing, and administrative work.

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