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Introduction to Athletic Training

LWT 231W

Introduction to Athletic Training

LWT 231W

Course Description

Introduces students to the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of a Certified Athletic Trainer (A.T.C.). Provides an overview of the basic knowledge and skills possessed by an A.T.C. including their role in the sports medicine team, nutrition, injury prevention, assessment, and treatment, as well as learning to identify emergency situations and provide direction for their management. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

The student will be able to define the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the sports medicine discipline.
  • Understand and define the terms sports medicine and athletic trainer, and identify potential job opportunities in the career field.
  • Identify the academic and clinical requirements necessary to obtain the ATC certification from the NATABOC.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the athletic trainer as a member of the sports medicine team.
  • Define the terms liability and negligence and explain their relevance to the athletic trainer.
  • Understand the psychology of the injured athlete and explain the relationship between the athlete and trainer.
  • Recognize and accept the importance of good public relations with the media, the general public, other medical and allied health care personnel, and legislators.

The student will be able to explain the principles used in developing a thorough comprehensive athletic injury/illness prevention program including the roles of both coaches and athletes.

Objectives:

  • Explain the underlying need for a pre-participation physical evaluation, and describe the technique involved in their measure.
  • Identify conditions that could exclude an athlete from participating in physical activity or sport.
  • Identify areas that athletic personnel or supervisors must be familiar with in order to avoid or reduce the possibility of injury or illness occurring to athletes or others engaged in physical activity.
  • Describe the principles of effective heat loss and heat illness prevention programs.
  • Evaluate the accepted guidelines, recommendations, and policy position statements relating to practice during extreme weather conditions.

The student will be able to recognize emergency situations and determine appropriate actions for their management.

Objectives:

  • Understand proper protocol in dealing with emergency situations including roles of the team members, the emergency medical plan, and transportation of the injured athlete.
  • Describes the signs and symptoms of deep and superficial vein thromboses, pulmonary embolism and other emboli, and myocardial infarction.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms associated with shock.
  • Explain the initial treatment of shock while arranging for transportation to an emergency facility.
  • Describe the process of the evaluation for face and neck injuries and identifies with proper treatment and care of those injured areas.
  • Identify anatomy, injury assessment, and rehabilitation specific to the spine.
  • Recognize various spinal injuries and determines if emergency care is appropriate.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of traumatic injuries to the throat, thorax, and visceral areas.
  • Identifies with the signs and symptoms associated with internal injuries to the abdomen and explain how to care for these injuries.

The student will be able to identify common signs, symptoms, and treatment protocols of common athletic injuries.

Objectives:

  • Explain how force plays a role in the biomechanical basis of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Identifies common tissues that are frequently injured in sports related trauma and explains the process by which they heal.
  • Identify common conditions affecting the skin, bones, joints, and muscles, e.g., staph infections, epiphysitis, and myositis.
  • Understand the process involved in the evaluation of the injured athlete including on-site and secondary assessment.
  • Identify basic anatomy for major regions of the body including the shoulder, the arm/elbow/wrist/hand, the pelvis, the hip and thigh, the knee, the leg, the ankle, the foot, and the skin.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common musculoskeletal injuries specific to the shoulder, the arm/elbow/wrist/hand, the pelvis, the hip and thigh, the knee, the leg, the ankle, the foot, and the skin.
  • Understand the application of basic modalities and therapeutic exercise to common athletic injuries.

The student will be able to record information using standard nomenclature of athletic injuries and communcation using commonly accepted medical terminology.

Objectives:

  • List and define directional terms and cardinal planes used to describe the body and the relationship of its parts.
  • List and define the terms associated with body movement, joint biomechanics, and range of motion.
  • Understand the importance of record keeping in athletic training.
  • Describe how to record HOPS and SOAP notes appropriately as they pertain to musculoskeletal injuries.

The student will be able to explain the principles of nutrition and dietary supplementation including ergogenic aids.

Objectives:

  • Understand how proper nutrition plays a role in appropriate weight gain and loss.
  • Understand the importance of proper nutrition on pre- and post-event meals.
  • Recognizes prevailing misconceptions regarding the proper use of food, fluids, and nutritional supplements.
  • Describes the principles, advantages, and disadvantages of the ergogenic aid and dietary supplements used by athletes and others involved in physical activity, in an effort to improve performance.
  • Identify the consequences of improper fluid replacement.
  • Describe signs, symptoms, and physical consequences of disordered eating and explain the referral system for those individuals.

The student will be able to apply basic athletic training skills and utilize appropriate equipment pertaining to athletic injuries.

Objectives:

  • Determine what emergency care supplies and equipment are necessary for event coverage.
  • Understand the role of taping and bracing in injury prevention and management.
  • Understand the role of protective equipment in sports.
  • Identify the proper selection, fit, and use of crutches.