Therapeutic Modalities

Course Details

Course Number: ATRN 2903  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 219

Days & Times:

MWF 10:00 am-10:50 am

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Benito J. Velasquez   
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Course Objectives

Investigation of scientific principles underlying therapeutic modalities in athletic training. Includes discussion of selective modality’s therapeutic purposes, indications, contraindications, and adverse effects.  (Co-requisite: ATRN 2901).

Course Expectations



Every assignment that is not competed in class should be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins all sides. Your name and title of the assignment should be the only heading.


Game Day:

You will take the written Game Day exam during class on Friday, Jan 22. If you fail, you must re-schedule a time to take your comprehensive Game Day the next week. You may re-take the Game Day exam once a week for the duration of the semester. You MUST pass the Game Day Exam by Friday, May 14, 2010. If you fail to pass it or take it by the set date, you will fail the class and cease to remain in the program.


Distinguished Lecture Series:

There will be 3 mandatory DLS this semester. Each student is required to write a one page summary of the Lecture due on the following Monday(after the lecture).


Clinical Modules:

Students must be in class on the day that the modules are completed.  If the student is excused from a class during which modules are completed, they MUST make it up with the professor within the week following to obtain the points. However, if the student is not excused, they MUST make up the module and miss the points.


Article Reviews:

Students will be required to read and summarize research articles about therapeutic modalities throughout the semester. Articles will be chosen by the instructor and handed out during class.  



There will be 3 exams given throughout the semester. Each will be worth 100 points. The final exam will be comprehensive. It will be worth 200 points. 


Grading Standards



Attendance & Participation


Modules (12)

120 points (10 each)

Exams (3)

300 points (100) each

Comprehensive Final

200 points

Article Reviews (4)

100 points (25 each)


720 Points



Grading Scale:







647-576= B



575-504= C



503-432=D ***



431-0  = F ***





***Any grade lower than a “C” in ATRN courses require that you retake the class.


Submission Format Policy

Every assignment that is not competed in class (but given as out of class assignment) should be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins all sides. Your name and title of the assignment should be the only heading.  

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory.  Two absences will be allowed without penalty.  After the second absence, your semester grade will be dropped one letter grade.  For each additional absence, your grade will drop another letter grade.  Make up examinations will be provided within one (1) week of return to class, provided the absence is excused. 

Other Policies

Americans with Disabilities Act

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.  It is the policy of Midwestern State University that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any educational program or activity at the University.  MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment and requirements.  The Director of Counseling and Disability Services Office serves as coordinator of accommodations for students with disabilities and should be contacted concerning initial enrollment, scheduling, and other arrangements.  The Counseling and Disability Services Office may be contacted at (940) 397-4140 or in the Clark Student Center, Room 108.  It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.  Special Note:  Please have the Counseling and Disability Services Office contact me to inform me if you have a disability and need accommodations for this for this class. 



Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, student responsibilities, rights and activities.


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Academic integrity is expected of all students. Cheating in any form (including plagiarism) will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.  Remember the MSU Student Creed,


“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so” 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.