Athletic Training Courses

Athletic Training

ATH 500: Introduction to Emergency Athletic Care (3)

This lecture/lab course will present the roles and responsibilities of the Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Team and the basic principles in the prevention, recognition, and care of acute, traumatic and exertional athletic injuries/illnesses. Topics will include: risk management, blood-borne pathogen training, life-threatening conditions, CPR/AED certification, head and spine injury management (stabilization and equipment removal), musculoskeletal injury, selected taping/wrapping techniques, environmental considerations, and sudden medical illnesses. Students will be expected to recognize unsafe environments and develop critical thinking strategies to act appropriately during athletic emergencies. Students will also demonstrate emergency care skill consistent with National Athletic Trainers' Association position statements. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

ATH 500L: Intro to Emergency Athletic Care Lab (0)

This lecture/lab course will present the roles and responsibilities of the Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Team and the basic principles in the prevention, recognition, and care of acute, traumatic and exertional athletic injuries/illnesses. Topics will include: risk management, blood-borne pathogen training, life-threatening conditions, CPR/AED certification, head and spine injury management (stabilization and equipment removal), musculoskeletal injury, selected taping/wrapping techniques, environmental considerations, and sudden medical illnesses. Students will be expected to recognize unsafe environments and develop critical thinking strategies to act appropriately during athletic emergencies. Students will also demonstrate emergency care skill consistent with National Athletic Trainers' Association position statements. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

ATH 501: Foundations of Athletic Training (3)

This lecture/lab course is designed to build upon the knowledge from the previous course work and experience of the athletic training students. Topics will include, injury documentation and management systems, protective equipment, taping, wrapping, splinting, bracing, orthoses, rehabilitation phases of injury and psychosocial and emotional response to injury. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 509: Gross Anatomy (6)

This lecture/lab course is designed to focus on the detailed structure and function of the human neuromusculoskeletal system. The relationships of normal and abnormal embryological and developmental processes to gross anatomical structure and to movement and function across the life span will be presented. Lecture and laboratory sessions will include human cadaver dissection and prosections, models, and clinically oriented peer presentations and problem solving experiences. Specific anatomical content will be presented on a regional basis, and will include the back, head, neck, shoulder girdle, upper extremity, and thorax. Laboratory sessions will allow students to acquire a three-dimensional macroscopic appreciation of anatomical structure through human cadaver dissection guided by iPad video demonstrations. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

ATH 509L: Gross Anatomy Lab (0)

This lecture/lab course is designed to focus on the detailed structure and function of the human neuromusculoskeletal system. The relationships of normal and abnormal embryological and developmental processes to gross anatomical structure and to movement and function across the life span will be presented. Lecture and laboratory sessions will include human cadaver dissection and prosections, models, and clinically oriented peer presentations and problem solving experiences. Specific anatomical content will be presented on a regional basis, and will include the back, head, neck, shoulder girdle, upper extremity, and thorax. Laboratory sessions will allow students to acquire a three-dimensional macroscopic appreciation of anatomical structure through human cadaver dissection guided by iPad video demonstrations. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Summer). (GR)

ATH 510: Pathology and Clinical Examination I (4)

This lecture/lab course is the first in the sequence of two courses designed to give the athletic training student the necessary information to identify specific injuries and illnesses associated with the low back, lower extremities, reproductive organs, and abdominal region. Topics include mechanism of injury/etiology, pathology, tests and measures, and referred pain patterns of the low back and lower extremities. Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills regarding palpation, range of motion, gait analysis, manual muscle testing, neurological and special tests. Students will develop clinical decision making skills through the integration of evidence-based medicine. Prerequisite:Professional Phase Athletic Training Student. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 511: Pathology and Clinical Examination II (4)

This lecture/lab course is the second in the sequence of two courses designed to give the athletic training student the necessary information to identify specific injuries and illnesses associated with the head, neck, upper back, and upper extremities. Topics include mechanism of injury/etiology, pathology, tests and measures, and referred pain patterns of the head, neck, upper back, and upper extremities. Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills regarding palpation, range of motion, posture analysis, manual muscle testing, neurological and special tests. Students will develop clinical decision making skills through the integration of evidence-based medicine. Prerequisite:Professional Phase Athletic Training Student. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 511L: Pathology and Clinical Examination II Lab (0)

This lecture/lab course is the second in the sequence of two courses designed to give the athletic training student the necessary information to identify specific injuries and illnesses associated with the head, neck, upper back, and upper extremities. Topics include mechanism of injury/etiology, pathology, tests and measures, and referred pain patterns of the head, neck, upper back, and upper extremities. Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills regarding palpation, range of motion, posture analysis, manual muscle testing, neurological and special tests. Students will develop clinical decision making skills through the integration of evidence-based medicine. Prerequisite:Professional Phase Athletic Training Student. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 512: Neuroscience (3)

In this course, students will examine the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems through a combination of lecture, discussion of case studies and examination of cadaveric brain specimens. Students will use the neurologic examination as a systematic framework for organizing their understanding of the functional anatomy of the nervous system. We will consider the following topics: development of the central nervous system; voluntary movement and postural control; sensory pathways; motor pathways; neurodegenerative disease and trauma. Students will develop basic familiarity with electrodiagnostic tests (i.e., nerve conduction velocity, EMG). Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 515: Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment And Training (3)

This lecture/lab course is designed to prepare the future athletic trainer to critically evaluate patient/client physical fitness, nutritional habits, and body composition to appropriately design fitness prescription for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease. Students will develop skills in performing measurements of body composition, posture, flexibility, muscular strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance. These skills will be enhanced when learning how to develop and adjust fitness routines based on patient/client specificity. Students will also learn nutritional principles relative to strength training and in recognition of disordered eating. (GR)

ATH 515L: Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment Lab And Training (0)

Lab practice and co-requisite for ATH 515. (GR)

ATH 520: Therapeutic Agents (4)

This lecture/lab course is designed to prepare the future athletic trainer to critically select, provide rationale for, and skillfully apply therapeutic agents including massage, cold, superficial heat, infrared, hydrotherapy, short wave diathermy, ultrasound, iontophoresis, traction, and electrotherapy for inducing muscle contractions, reducing pain, enhancing wound healing, and curbing edema formation. Indications and contraindications relative to the selection and use of each modality are emphasized. Theory, principles, and methods of direct interventions will be discussed in lecture; associated psychomotor skills will be practiced and evaluated in lab. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 520L: Therapeutic Agents Lab (0)

This lecture/lab course is designed to prepare the future athletic trainer to critically select, provide rationale for, and skillfully apply therapeutic agents including massage, cold, superficial heat, infrared, hydrotherapy, short wave diathermy, ultrasound, iontophoresis, traction, and electrotherapy for inducing muscle contractions, reducing pain, enhancing wound healing, and curbing edema formation. Indications and contraindications relative to the selection and use of each modality are emphasized. Theory, principles, and methods of direct interventions will be discussed in lecture; associated psychomotor skills will be practiced and evaluated in lab. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 521: Pharmacology in Sports Medicine (2)

This course focuses on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs commonly encountered in the practice of athletic training. Topics include patient education, federal, state, and local regulations for proper storage and dispensing, and poison control protocols. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 522: General Medical Conditions (3)

This course is designed to prepare the future athletic trainer to recognize the signs and symptoms of diseases and illnesses of the body systems and to know when to refer to other medical professions. Topics include etiology, pathology, assessment, and risks associated with common diseases, impairments, and physical disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 523: Therapeutic Intervention (4)

This lecture/lab course is designed to enhance the student's assessment skills and to provide a foundation of appropriate exercise principles and rehabilitation techniques specific to athletic participation and the physically active. Topics will include planning, implementing, and evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation programs. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 523L: Therapeutic Intervention Laboratory (0)

This lecture/lab course is designed to enhance the student's assessment skills and to provide a foundation of appropriate exercise principles and rehabilitation techniques specific to athletic participation and the physically active. Topics will include planning, implementing, and evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation programs. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 524: Sports Nutrition (2)

This course discusses the physiological processes of digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food, fluids, nutritional supplements, herbs, and ergogenic aids specific to the energy needs for sports participation and the physically active. Topics include weight loss/gain, body composition, performance, illness, injury, and eating disorders. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 525: Organization and Administration in Athletic Training (3)

This course focuses on management, administration, leadership, and professional responsibilities associated with providing health care in an athletic training room, health care facility, and related venues that provide health care to athletes and others involved in physical activities. Topics include athletic training room design, budget, organization and administration of pre-participation physical exams, components of a medical record, regulations, insurance, personnel management, athletic training practice acts and registration, professional responsibility, continuing education, governing bodies, scope of practice, community awareness, and preparation for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 530: Psychosocial Aspects in Athletic Training (3)

Psychosocial Aspects in Athletic Training (3) This course addresses a variety of integrated psychosocial topics involving the patient, the health care professional, and response to injury. Topics include motivation, self confidence, personality traits, emotional response to injury, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. This course is designed for professional phase Athletic Training students. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 580: Research Methods (3)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy; Writing Intensive. Meets Research and Presentation requirements. This course will explore the variety in research design and statistics commonly used in clinical research, further developing student analytical skills needed to support professional evidence-based practice in athletic training. Students will evaluate the merit and relevance of published research to the practice of athletic training from the perspective of experimental methodology and design. Students will select a topic of interest related to athletic training, conduct a review of the literature, define a research question, and prepare and present a report to their peers. Students will complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI training). Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 581: Research Seminar I (1)

This course is a continuation of ATH 580 and the first of a sequence of two research seminar courses. Students will refine their literature review to develop and write the introduction and methods sections of their athletic training research project. Students will present their proposals to their peers. This is directed study under the supervision of faculty in the Department of Athletic Training. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 582: Research Seminar II (2)

This is the second in the sequence of two research seminar courses. Students will collect data, perform data analysis, and write the results and discussion sections for their athletic training research projects. Students will revise and refine their final research project, develop a presentation, and present their findings. This is directed study under the supervision of faculty Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 590: Athletic Training: Practical Application I (3)

This course is the first of four clinical experience courses. Athletic training students will be evaluated on clinical integration proficiencies of skills taught the previous semesters including--professional communication, recognition of injury, emergency/first aid care, selected taping and wrapping, and protective equipment. Additionally students will be expected to build upon their acquired knowledge and practice those skills and techniques previously covered in the curriculum. Students will be assigned to clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students will explore evidence-based practice and reflect upon their clinical experiences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making skills development. Students must complete 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 592: Athletic Training: Practical Application II (3)

This course is the second of four athletic training clinical experience courses. Students will be evaluated on clinical integration proficiencies of psychomotor skills taught the previous semester including taping, bracing, protective equipment fitting, assessment of the lower extremity and spine, therapeutic agents, and evaluation fundamentals. Additionally students will be expected to build upon their acquired knowledge and practice those skills and techniques previously covered in the curriculum. Students will be assigned to clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students will explore evidence-based practice and reflect upon their clinical experiences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making skills development. Students must complete 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

ATH 593: Athletic Training: Practical Application III (3)

This course is the third of four athletic training clinical experience courses. Athletic training students will be evaluated on clinical integration proficiencies of skills taught the previous semester including assessment of the upper extremity, head, and neck. Additionally students will be expected to build upon their acquired knowledge and practice those skills and techniques previously covered in the curriculum. Students will be assigned to clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students will explore evidence-based practice and reflect upon their clinical experiences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making skills development. Students must complete 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

ATH 594: Athletic Training: Practical Application IV (3)

This course is the fourth of four athletic training clinical experience courses. Athletic training students will be evaluated on clinical integration proficiencies taught the previous semester including therapeutic exercise, nutrition, and general medical conditions. Additionally students will be expected to build upon their acquired knowledge and practice those skills and techniques previously covered in the curriculum. Students will be assigned to clinical education experiences under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students will explore evidence-based practice and reflect upon their clinical experiences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making skills development. Students must complete 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)