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Course Descriptions

AT130 INTRODUCTION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING (4). This is a basic introduction course into the many disciplines of Athletic Training. Prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, as well as the diverse role of Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) and the concept of the Sports Medicine team will be the focus of the course. Philosophical questions, historical information and foundation topics within the profession will be addressed. Prerequisite: Athletic Training or Sports Management/Wellness major.

AT135 EMERGENCY CARE (2). Instruction and practice in advanced first aid, CPR techniques, AED instruction, and oxygen administration for the paramedical professional. Students must meet professional rescuer standards as established by national certification agencies such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Fee: $50.00. Prerequisite: Athletic Training majors only.

AT140 ATHLETIC TRAINING SKILLS (2). A clinical course dealing with skill development in the areas of prevention, treatment and management of athletic injuries. Students will become competent in the the following clinical skills: upper and lower extremity supportive taping and wraping, fitting of protective equipment and braces, application and construction of protective pads, splinting and immobilization devices and the use of body assesment tools. Fee: $50.00. Prerequisite: Athletic Training majors only.

AT230 THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES (2). A study of the function and role of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of athletic injuries. Students will learn about the phases of healing and the physiological effects of therapeutic modalities on the body. They will also learn how to evaluate the status of an injury and select the appropriate modality for treatment. Application of course material is reinforced through laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: Athletic Training majors only and AT130.

AT235 PRINCIPLES OF THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE AND REHABILITATION (2). A study of the knowledge and skills required to design and implement exercise, reconditioning and rehabilitation programs for athletes and athletic injuries. Students will learn about the basic principles of rehabilitation of common athletic injuries. They will learn specific rehabilitation techniques that will increase range of motion, increase strength and return functional ability. Students will be able to evaluate the status of an injury and develop the appropriate rehabilitation. Prerequisites: Athletic Training majors only and AT130.

AT285 CLINICAL PRACTICUM I (2). Students develop and refine introductory clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of classroom and clinical settings. Introductory skills such as taping, wraping, emergency care, basic evaluation skills, and nutritions will be taught. Fee: $50.00. Prerequisites: AT130 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT286 CLINICAL PRACTICUM II (2). Students develop and refine introductory clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of formal classroom and clinical experience settings. Introductory skills of rehabilitation, modalities, equipment fitting, splinting and body assessment are taught. Fee: $50.00. Prerequisites: AT130 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT340 KINESIOLOGY (4). A study of location and action of major muscles. Emphasis is on learning to describe the organic skeletal and neuromuscular structure of the human body; identifying how these systems adapt to skillful movement, physical activity and fitness and anaylizing their contributions to motor performance using and anaylzing data gathered from various sources. Students will learn specific anatomical structures related to the musculoskeletal system as well as the origin, insertion action and inervation of the muscles of the body. Students learn to properly grade and test the major muscles manually and anaylze the range of motion. They will also learn about the biomechanics of body motion, planes of movement and about the different levers associated with body movement. Prerequisite: HS344.

AT345 EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION OF LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES (4). A study of knowledge and skills required to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate ankle, knee, and hip injuries. Students will learn specific evaluation and rehabilitation techniques as well as common athletic injuries and conditions that occur to the lower extremity. They will be able to treat and rehabilitate injuries from acute to return to play status. [Skill: O] Prerequisites: AT130, HS344 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT347 EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION OF UPPER EXTREMITY INJURIES (4). A study of knowledge and skills required to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist injuries. Students will learn specific evaluation and rehabilitation techniques as well as common athletic injuries and conditions that occur to the upper extremity. They will be able to treat and rehabilitate injuries from acute to return to play status. [Skill: O] Prerequisites: AT130, HS344 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT349 EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION OF HEAD, NECK, AND SPINE INJURIES (4). A study of the knowledge and skills required to evaluate treat and rehabilitate head, neck, and lumbar spine injuries. Students will learn specific evaluation and rehabilitation techniques as well as common athleitc injuries and conditions that occur to the head, neck and lumbar spine. They will be able to treat and rehabilitate injuries from acute to return to play status. [Skill: I] Prerequisites: AT130, HS344 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT355 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (4). A study of how the bodies' structures and functions are altered when exposed to acute and chronic bouts of exercise. How human performance is affected by environmental factors, nutrition, and dietary supplements is emphasized. The measurement of physiological parameters, the effects of various kinds of training, application of nutritional principles for athletes, the effects of learning on performance, positive health behaviors, and the effect of age and sex on physiological response and adaptation are included. Prerequisite: HS344.

AT360 GENERAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS (4). A study of the knowledge and skills required to recognize, refer, and treat, as appropriate, internal injuries, general medical conditions, and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity. Students will learn about common medical conditions and disabilities that they may encounter with with athletes of all ages. They will also learn about internal injuries to organs that may occur during physical activity. Prerequisite: AT130, HS344 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT365 PHARMACOLOGY FOR ATHLETIC TRAINING (2). The study of prescription and over the counter drugs, including their composition, uses, methods of administration and effects on the body. Students will Identify the effects on health and sport performance of various medications and ergogenic substances. They will also gain an understanding of rules and regulations governing the use and of each. The course focuses on both legal and illegal substances. Prerequisites: AT130 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT370 PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL (2). This course will teach students the skills and knowledge that an entry level athletic trainer must possess to recognize, intervene, and refer athletes under their care who may be experiencing a variety of psychosocial problems. Specific problems addressed will include, but are not limited to: eating disorders, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and response to injury. Students will be able to describe the roles and function of various community-based health care providers (to include, but not limited, to: psychologists, counselors, social workers, human resources personnel) and the accepted protocols that govern the referral of patients to these professionals. Prerequisites: AT130 and accepted into the professional phase of Athletic Training program.

AT385 CLINICAL PRACTICUM III (2). Students develop and refine intermediate clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of formal classroom and clinical experience settings. Students will learn prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation techniques for the lower extremity. Fee $50.00. [Skill: T] Prerequisites: AT130, AT285, AT286, and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.

AT386 CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV (2). Students develop and refine intermediate clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of formal classroom and clinical experience settings. Students will learn prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation techniques for the upper extremity. [Skill: T] Fee $50.00. Prerequisites: AT130, AT285, AT286, and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.

AT430 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAMS (4). A study of the knowledge and skills required to organize and administrate an athletic training program. Student will learn about various administrative topics such as development of policies and procedures, budgeting, insurance, third party reimbursement, drug testing and personnel management. Students will also learn about common purchasing and bid procedures for supplies. Prerequisites: AT130 and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.

AT481 RESEARCH IN ATHLETIC TRAINING I (4). This course is the capstone course for athletic training majors. Each student will design and implement an independent research project. Students will use survey research as part of their investigations. As a writing intensive course, students will produce two major documents – a research proposal and a final thesis paper as well as completing weekly writing assignments. Other areas explored are areas and types of research in athletic training, reviewing literature and critiquing research articles, research design, common measures in athletic training, statistical decision making, ethical considerations in research and writing for publication and presentation. The construction and analysis of measurement instruments and corresponding techniques utilized within the athletic training profession will also be discussed. [Skills: I,W] Prerequisites: AT130 and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.

AT482 RESEARCH IN ATHLETIC TRAINING II (4). This course will survey disseminating athletic training research findings and its importance. It will focus on manuscript structure and preparation and how to present an abstract in slide, poster and thematic settings. Students will disseminate the findings of their senior athletic training thesis at state, regional and national athletic training conferences. [Skills: O,W] Prerequisite: AT481.

AT485 CLINICAL PRACTICUM V (2). Students develop and refine advanced clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of formal classroom and clinical experience settings. Students will learn how to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate head, neck and spine injuries. Fee $50.00. [Skill: T] Prerequisites: AT130, AT285, AT286, AT385, AT386 and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.

AT486 CLINICAL PRACTICUM VI (2). Students develop and refine advanced clinical skill competencies and proficiencies in a variety of formal classroom and clinical experience settings. Students will learn about the recognition and management of general medical conditions. The application of principles of pharmacologywill also be taught. Fee $50.00. [Skill: T] Prerequisites: AT385, AT386 and admission to Athletic Training Professional Program.