Exercise & Sport Sciences


The Athletic Training Education Program is a part of the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences.  This department along with the Department of Kinesiology and Harding Athletics share facilities in the Ganus Activities Complex.  This facility includes modern classrooms, a computer lab, the Human Performance Lab, a work-out center with weight rooms, a swimming pool, racquet ball courts, free play gym, golf center, aerobics room, and sports locker rooms/meeting rooms.


Jim Citty and Athletic Training Complex
The "Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Complex" was completed in the fall of 2011.  This 16,000 square foot facility is attached to the Ganus Activities Complex. The athletic training center is used for all Harding's NCAA division II sports programs and also houses the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) program.
The educational clinic consists of 3,500 square feet and is used for both men's and women's athletic programs. It includes a classroom, evaluation/treatment areas, taping stations, rehab and stretching areas, offices, a hydrotherapy room with cold and hot plunge pools, wet room for ice and water prep, and a storeroom/laundry room. Modalities and rehab tools are available for teaching and use with athletic teams.

The Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is a 1500 square foot testing facility located on the south side of the Ganus Activities Complex. Used for both teaching and research purposes, the central testing area has treadmills, electronically and mechanically braked ergometers, a metabolic cart, and 12-lead ECGs, as well as heart rate and both beat-by-beat and standard blood pressure monitors and various other equipment. The body composition room has a computerized hydrostatic weighing system as well as bioelectrical impedance devices and skinfold calipers. The hematology room is equipped to measure blood lipids as well as blood lactate levels. Additionally the lab has an environmental chamber as well as a data entry/analysis room.

FacilitiesAdditional athletic training facilities are located in The Rhodes Memorial Field House, The Stevens Soccer Complex, The Baseball Complex, and at Harding Academy (a Pre K-12th grade program located on campus that serves as a clinical site for the program). These facilities have modalities and tools for treatment and rehabilitation of the teams that work in those complexes. (Evaluation tables, taping stations, muscle stim/ultrasound machines, a hydrocollator, whirlpools, ice machine, rehab equipment...)

Harding University Health Services/Nursing Center, area High Schools, the local medical center, emergency care centers, local physical therapy clinics, and chiropractic centers are used by Clinical Instructors/Preceptors as they work with students.