Orthopedic Assessment/Management II Lab

Course Details

Course Number: 3811  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 219

Days & Times:

Wednesday 8:00 am-8:50 am

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Benito J. Velasquez   
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Course Objectives

Evaluation and management of orthopedic injuries and conditions of the physically active patient,

focus on the upper extremity, cervical, and thoracic spine.  Includes practical experience in both laboratory and clinical applications. Prerequisites: ATRN 1073, Co-requisite: ATRN 3801 


  1.  To provide athletic training students with the knowledge and skill of upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine clinical examination and diagnosis techniques necessary for effective performance as an entry-level athletic trainer.  Specific clinical competencies are contained in the Athletic Training Educational Competencies (4th ed) and are posted on line.
  2. To provide understanding of the underlying principles and techniques of effective upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine evaluation and assessment techniques.
  3. To facilitate critical thinking that involves application of scientific knowledge and problem solving to upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine evaluation and assessment techniques.
  4. Utilize standard documentation procedures, terminology, and communication in the systemic evaluation and diagnosis of upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine injuries.
  5. To give the opportunity for athletic training students to interact and learn from other allied health care professions involved in the evaluation and diagnosis of upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine injuries.
  6. To assess knowledge and skills through assignments and practical examinations.



Course Expectations


Quiz= A quiz will be given for all major topics.  The date of the quiz is listed in the Day-by-Day Outline.  The purpose of each quiz is to test your knowledge of the information for each topic that has been presented thus far.  Every quiz will be given at the beginning of the class period.  Therefore, on 2/1/2011, you will be tested over Shoulder: Anatomy, Biomechanics, &, Manual Muscle Tests/ROM.  You will not be tested over Injuries/Surgeries as that information will be presented during that class period.

Quiz= 20 points


Exam= An exam will be given for all major topics.  The purpose of each exam is to test your knowledge of the information for each major topic.  There will be a mixture of multiple choice, muscle chart, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions for each exam.

Exam= 50 points


Mid-Term Exam= The mid-term exam will be given on March 10, 2011.  The purpose of this exam is to test your cumulative knowledge on the Shoulder, Elbow, & Thoracic Cavity.  It is important that you remain current on all information presented.  There will be a mixture of multiple choice, muscle chart, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions for this exam.

Mid-Term Exam= 100 points


Comprehensive Exam= The final exam will be given during the week of May 9-13, 2011.  This will be a comprehensive exam over all information presented.  The purpose of this exam is to test your cumulative knowledge about all topics of the Upper Extremity.  It is important that you retained all information in this course in order to be an effective Allied Health Care Professional.  There will be a mixture of multiple choice, muscle chart, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions for this exam.

Comprehensive Exam= 150 points

Evidence Based Practice= It is the goal of the National Athletic Trainerís Association (NATA) to have all athletic trainers practicing evidenced based assessment and treatment.  In order to stay current with practicing standards, you will need to write a 2-3 page paper on major topics (Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist & Forearm) throughout the semester.  These papers must be a summary of an article from a scholarly journal to be approved by the instructor.  Each paper will include a summary of the History, Methodology, Results, Authorsí Conclusions, Student Conclusions, and Appropriate Usage.  Your name, course number, date, and professor name must be listed at the top of the paper.  This section CANNOT be double-spaced.  However, the rest of the paper must be double-spaced.  You must also provide a hard copy of the article you chose to be turned-in with the paper.  No late submissions will be accepted of either the paper or the article. 

Paper= 30 points



SOAP Note= You will be required to write a SOAP note for each major topic on an injury or scenario presented by your ACI.  Each SOAP note is due immediately before the exam of the respective topic.  It would be best if you perform the evaluation and have your ACI sign-off that you completed the entire evaluation.  If your ACI does not agree with your assessment, write the SOAP note the way you completed the evaluation and then prepare a quick paragraph explaining why your ACI did not agree with your assessment.  Explain what you would have done differently.

SOAP Note= 30 points


Module= A module is due for each topic.  The instructor will give you a packet for the related subject area during the first instruction date for that topic.  Please do not lose these and be sure to have them signed at the end of EACH CLASS PERIOD!  (This is for Athletic Training majors only).  If you miss a class period, it is your responsibility to meet with the instructor to talk about the modules that were missed.  You will lose 2 points every day that you do not have your modules with you to be signed.


Distinguished Lecture Series= Attendance at all lectures of the Allied Health Dignified Lecture Series is mandatory.  Students who have conflicts with class schedules or clinical/field experience rotations may be excused from the presentation but must watch a recorded video of the presentation within the following week.  Students will submit a written summary of each lecture.  Students are expected to dress professionally.  Each DLS is worth 20 points.


"Each student must take and pass (75%) or better a written/practical Game Day exam.  This test gives each student the opportunity to recall knowledge from previous academic semesters.  The first opportunity to take the exam will be available during the first 2 weeks of the given semester.  If the student does not pass the exam associated with this course, the student may re-take it once a week until the end of the semester.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the Clinical Education Coordinator to schedule further testing.  Failure to pass either exam will result in a failing grade for this course.  Any questions about this process should be referred to the Student Handbook 2010-2011."










Grading Standards


Grading Scale:



A  %


B  %

80 – 89

C  %

70 – 79

D  %

60 – 69

F  %

50 – 59

Final Exam5/4/2011  TBA

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

Late Submission Policy: Assignments are DUE on the posted or announced date at the beginning of class.  If an assignment is turned in late (this includes the end of class), points will be deducted from the assignment.  If an assignment is not completed prior to the next class date you will receive a zero grade for that assignment.


Missed exams and assignments can only be made up if the absence was excused.  All must be completed within one week of the original due date. 

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.

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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 Policy: 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.

            -Do not let tardiness become a habit.  Three tardies will be equal to an absence. 

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