Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Course Details

Course Number: ATRN 1073  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: D.L. Ligon Coliseum

Classroom Number: 223

Days & Times:


MWF 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.


Course Attachments


Principles of Athletic Training, 18th ed
This market-leading text emphasizes the prevention and management of athletic injuries and remains the only text to cover all aspects of the profession of athletic training. A valuable resource in seeking professional certification, it also provides practical, career-oriented content for students in athletic training, sports medicine, physical education, physical therapy, and coaching.
  ISBN: 978-0-07-352373-6

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Benito J. Velasquez   
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Course Objectives

Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify requirements for obtaining and maintaining athletic training credentials, recognizing national/state governing and accrediting bodies as part of the process.
2. Describe basic administrative procedures necessary for athletic training.
3. Evaluate environmental factors that may place physically active individuals at risk for sports related injury or illness.
4. Apply principles of emergency response to acute injury and illness in individuals and aggregates.

Course Expectations



Textbook:              Prentice, W.E. (2010). Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training, 14th  Edition.

Boston: McGraw Hill.



Outline:           The following is a tentative schedule of class topics, exams, and assignments.  Every attempt will be made to follow the schedule.  However, some alterations may be made due to circumstances beyond control.  If a change is going to be made, the students will be made aware through e-mail and/or announcement.  The syllabus is subject to change at instructor’s discretion.


DATE                          TOPIC                                                            IMPORTANT

8/22                             Syllabus; Activity                                Shot records & Physical

8/24                             MSU Athletic Training

8/26                             History of Athletic Training                            

8/29                             Obtaining/Maintaining Certification and Legal Issues 

8/311                           Handbook, Policies, Procedures                      M= 1.2; P= 4                           

9/2                               Blood Borne Pathogens                                   M= 1.12; P= 7 

9/5                               Labor Day Holiday-No Class

9/7                               Record Keeping, Supplies, EquipmentM= 1.3 & 1.4; P= 5 & 6

9/9                               EXAM: Hx, MSU, Legal, Policies                               

9/12                             Emergency Action Plan                                   M= 1.5; P= 1

9/14                             Basic Life Support

9/16                             Basic Life Support                               M= 1.6; P= 1               

9/19                             Basic Life Support= SCENARIO

9/21                             Shock                                                  M= 1.7; P= 1

9/23                             EXAM: EAP, Basic Life, Shock         

9/26                             Closed Wounds          

9/28                             Open Wounds= SCENARIO                M= 1.11; P= 7 

9/30                             RICES                                                  M= 1.10; P= 1

10/3                             Splinting & Stabilization                      M= 1.8; P= 1                                       

10/5                             Splinting & Stabilization                                                                                 

10/7                             Crutch & Cane Use= SCENARIO        M= 1.9; P= 1   

10/10                           TAKE-HOME EXAM: Orthopedic

10/12                           Environmental: Heat                            M= 1.13; P= 1

10/14                           Environmental: Cold

10/17                           Environmental and Other Considerations-Lecture from

                                    Dr. Keith Williamson, University Physician, Vinson Health Center

10/19                           Anaphylaxis & Asthma                                   M= 1.14; P= 1

10/21                           Respiratory Conditions                                    M= 1.17; P= 3

10/24                           Introduction to Vital Signs

10/26                           Blood Pressure & Pulse

10/28                           Vital Signs

10/31                           Height & Weight

11/02                           EXAM: Environmental, Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Vitals

11/04                           Full Participation Screening=SCENARIO

11/07                           Full Participation Screening                 M= 1.15; P= 12

11/09                           Viral Infections  

11/11                           Sexually Transmitted Infections

11/14                           Muscular System Disorders

11/16                           Nervous System Disorders/Blood Disorders   

11/18                           Endocrine System & Seizures

11/21                           Eating Disorders

11/23                           No Class-Thanksgiving Holiday                                                                     

11/25                           No Class-Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28                           EXAM: Diseases & Conditions

11/30                           Sophomore Readiness  

12/02                           Course Review

12/07                           Comprehensive Exam 10:30am -12:30pm




Exam= An exam will be given after a few major topics have been discussed.  The purpose of each exam is to test your knowledge of the information for the topics covered.  There will be a mixture of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions for each exam.



Scenario= A scenario exam will be given for the following topics: Basic Life Support, Open Wounds, Crutch & Cane Use, and Participation Screenings.  The purpose of the scenario exams is to introduce you to real-life situations and prepare you for future courses and the BOC.  You must schedule these exams outside of class time.  You must bring a partner and the proficiency with the Peer Evaluation already signed.  If you pass the scenario exam with a 70% or better, the ACI will sign the proficiency.  If you do not pass the exam, you will need to attempt the proficiency again.



Emergency Action Plan Assignment= The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to start thinking about possible emergencies at particular sporting events.  This assignment will also assist you in getting better acquainted with both your ACI and older peers.  Once you have started the Observation process in the Athletic Training Room, ask your professor for the EAP Assignment.  The assignment will require you to observe the particular sporting event, think of several possible hazards/injuries that could occur at that sport, discuss with your ACI the responsibilities of each student and staff during an emergency, discuss how to speak with an emergency dispatcher including an address & directions to the particular sporting event, potential issues in the EAP, and other details.  This assignment may take several Observation periods to complete due to the thoroughness of the assignment.  Please prepare your ACI in advance that you would like to complete this assignment with them while at practice.



Interview= The purpose of this assignment is to begin the process of understanding the profession of athletic training.  You must interview 2 staff members and 1 student currently enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program at MSU.  The following questions must be asked, but you can ask additional questions as you feel necessary:


Where did you get your undergraduate degree?

Where did you get your Master’s degree?

Why did you choose to become an Athletic Trainer?

Why did you decide to become Certified and not just Licensed?

What is your definition of professionalism?

What do you enjoy about being an athletic trainer on a daily basis?

How do you relieve stress?

Who do you look to for answers to any questions that you may have?



Why did you choose to get your degree at Midwestern?

Are you getting a Minor in anything?  If so, what is that Minor?

What do you plan to do when you graduate from MSU?

What are options for me once I graduate from MSU?

What is your definition of professionalism?

What rotation will require me to think of my feet?  Either on-campus or off-campus.

How do you relieve stress?

What is some advice you can give me on how to be successful in this program?


Once you conduct all of your interviews, you must write the responses to each question and then write your own summary about how to be successful in the MSU Athletic Training Education Program.  You also need to include 1 paragraph about what professionalism means to you.  This assignment will help you with your Portfolio.  Each interview is worth 25 points and your summary is worth 25 points.



Proficiencies= Due to CAATE standards, we must show that all students are proficient in each category before graduating from MSU with an Athletic Training degree.  It is imperative that you complete all proficiencies to the best of your ability.  All proficiencies test your knowledge on skills that athletic trainers use every day.  You must practice a proficiency with a peer prior to an ACI assessing your skill.  You cannot have your peer evaluate you on the same day that your ACI assesses you!  You will receive 5 points for every proficiency that is turned in on-time.  In order to pass the class, ALL proficiencies must be completed.  Failure to complete ALL modules and proficiences will result in a failing grade.  If you wish to continue as an Athletic Training Major, you must retake ATRN 1073 to continue with the application process.  If you do not complete a proficiency you will receive a failing grade.

Proficiency and Module evaluations are mandatory assignments for all students enrolled in this course.  Late evaluations will receive no credit, but MUST be completed to pass the course.



Comprehensive Exam= The purpose of the cumulative exam is to test your knowledge over all subject areas discussed over the entire semester.  You will need this information as long as you are an Allied Health Care Professional; therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you are confident in all subject areas presented in Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries.  This exam will be given during the time scheduled by Midwestern State University (December 8, 2010 at 10:30am-12:30pm).



Portfolio= The purpose of the portfolio is to create a process by which the faculty at MSU can assess your learning over time.  It is important that we document that each student continues to learn and progress through each semester.  This portfolio is due at the end of the semester and will be evaluated by your professor.  If you do not include EVERY item that is required, you will receive a failing grade.  You then have 1 week to make the necessary corrections.  If the student again makes a failing grade, the student will receive an “F” in the course and must retake the entire course.  Components of the portfolio for Care & Prevention are:

  1. Current First-Aid, CPR/AED certifications
  2. Injury Treatment Philosophy #1
  3. Definition of Professionalism
  4. In-Service/Conference Attended
  5. Goals for semester and reflection at conclusion of semester
  6. Summary of observation experience



DLS Attendance=Attendance at one lecture of the Allied Health Dignified Lecture Series is mandatory.  Students who have conflicts with class schedules may be excused from the presentation but must watch a recorded video of the presentation within the following week.  Students are expected to dress professionally.  (Dr. Keith Williamson will present a heat illness lecture in October, other Dates andtopics TBA)



Observation Hours/Journal=Students will complete guided observation hours on two assigned afternoons throughout the semester, rotating through different sports.  During these observations, students will wear an MSU athletic training t-shirt (provided) and appropriate shorts or pants (denim is NOT allowed).  Students are responsible for tracking observation hours on the appropriate hour logs. 



Dates:              Exams: On the date listed above

                        Scenario: Must schedule and complete within 1 week of the topic covered.

                        EAP: 2 weeks after starting Observation Hours.

                        Interview: November 16, 2010

                        Proficiencies and due dates:

                                    Policies & Procedures                        = 9/9/2011

Blood Borne Pathogens          = 9/12/2011

                                    Record Keeping                      = 9/16/2011

                                    Supplies & Equipment                        = 9/19/2011

                                    Emergency Action Plan          = 9/21/2011

                                    Basic Life Support                  = 9/28/2011

                                    Shock                                      = 10/12/2011

                                    Open Wounds                         = 10/14/2011

                                    RICES                                     = 10/17/2011

                                    Splinting & Stabilization        = 10/19/2011

                                    Crutch & Cane Use                = 10/21/2011

                                    Environmental: Heat              = 10/24/2011 (Dr. Keith Williamson DLS)

                                    Environmental: Cold              = 10/24/2011

                                    Environmental: Other                        = 10/24/2011

                                    Anaphylaxis & Asthma          = 10/26/2011

                                    Participation Screening          = 11/2/2011

                                    Common Syndromes              = 11/7/2011

                                    Common Syndromes              = 11/9/2011

                                    Common Syndromes              = 11/11/2011

                                    Athletic Training Observation= 12/02/2011

                        DLS: In 1 week of attending session

                        Portfolio: TBA in the spring 2012 semester

                        Observation Hours: Every week completed in the ATR

Grading Standards

Evaluation: Exam: 5 X 50= 250 points
Scenario: 4 X 30= 120 points
Interview: 1 X 100= 100 points
EAP: 1 X 100= 100 points
Proficiencies: 20 X 5= 100 points
DLS: 1 X 5= 5 points
Comprehensive: 1 X 125= 125 points
Total: 800 points

A 90-100 % 800-720 points
B 80 – 89 % 719-640 points
C 70 – 79 % 639-560 points
D 60 – 69 % 559-480 points
F 50 – 59 % 479-0

Submission Format 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.

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

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.

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 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.***

Other Policies





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Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Disability Support Services office to discuss your specific needs. Please contact Disability Support Services at 940-397-4140 in room 168 Clark Student Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.



Course Policies:


Class Preparation—Students should come to class prepared.  This includes wearing the appropriate clothing. 


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.


                “Midwestern State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and complies with all federal and Texas laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action Requirements in all programs and policies.  Midwestern State University does not discriminate against any individual because of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability”


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”


Plagiarism:  By enrolling in this course, the student expressively grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.




Cell phones are not to be out or used during class. If your cell phone is visible, expect to be dismissed from class.

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.