Therapeutic Modalities Lab

Course Details

Course Number: ATRN 2901  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 131

Days & Times:

R 11:00 am-11:50 am

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Benito J. Velasquez   
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Course Objectives

Selection, implementation, and evaluation of the effectiveness of therapeutic modalities in athletic training. Includes practical experience in both laboratory and clinical applications. (Co-requisite: ATRN 2903). 

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.


Practical Quizzes:Each major section will have a practical quiz to test your knowledge about the subject content.  The quizzes will be scenario based and will allow you to perform skills that you will need in the athletic training room.  These must be scheduled with your lab instructor during the dates listed.  Each section of the quiz will be timed.  You, a partner, and the instructor must be available for each practical.  Allow at least 30 minutes per Practical Quiz.  Each Practical Quiz is worth 50 points.


Comprehensive Practical:The Comprehensive Practical will test your knowledge about all of the modalities covered in class.  This test is scenario-based.  YOU MUST RECEIVE A 70% OR HIGHER ON THE FINAL TO PASS THIS CLASS!!!


Clinical Proficiencies:

Students must complete Clinical Proficiencies assigned to this class by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.  Much of the peer evaluation will be completed either in class or through laboratory assignments.  All of the proficiencies will be completed through Practical Quizzes.  Bring your proficiencies to the test with the peer reviewed section done so that it will count.  If you do not bring it, you will receive a 0 for the quiz and must make up the proficiency at another time.

***Please be aware that all Clinical Proficiencies must be completed by Friday, May 7, 2010.  Failure to complete Clinical Proficiencies will give you a failing grade for this course.


Clinical Experience Paper:Students will turn in 4-6 short papers addressing a clinical question submitted by the professor.  The purpose of this is to improve/promote critical thinking and reflection of athletic training skills and experiences in the context of your clinical experiences.  Papers must be submitted in class on Monday, Feb 1st and then the first Monday of each month after.  The submission may be in a free form style.  Midterm and end of semester submissions must address your clinical rotation goals and how well you are meeting these goals.  Clinical Experience Journals are worth 20 points every month if submitted by the deadline. Topics are listed below:

  • Feb 1 – Describe, in detail, the tissue healing process. Include the stages of healing.
  • Mar 1 – Describe 3 effective uses for electrical stimulation. Note the settings that you would use for each situation.
  • Apr 5 – Explain why you would or would not use ultrasound to expedite the healing process during the Inflammatory


  • May 3 – Explain your Therapeutic Modalities treatment philosophy. When will you use modalities? Do they have a place  

            in modern athletic training?



Therapeutic Modalities 28-hour Rotation:This course requires the completion of a 28-hour rotation in Therapeutic Modalities. Students will record his/her daily hours on the MSU Off-Campus Hours Form. This is due at the end of your rotation. You will also need to evaluate the ACI/CI and Site at which you observed. ACI/CI will also need to evaluate them.  

Grading Standards



Attendance & Participation


Practical Quiz (5)

250 points (50 pts each) 

Comprehensive Practical:

200 points   

Clinical Experience (4)

100 points (25 pts each) 

28-hour Rotation

50 points (Evals and hours)



Grading Scale:


A %


B %


C %


D %


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 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

.  Make up examinations will be provided within one (1) week of return to class, provided the absence is excused.


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.

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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

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