Athletic Training Course Descriptions

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ATR 5006 - Athletic Training Learning Community - 1 cr.
An integrated experience designed to orient students to the athletic training profession as well as graduate student life and progress them successfully into the Master’s program. The course will include an initial orientation; weekly meetings to discuss progress and pertinent professional issues; and one-on-one and group activities to acclimate students to successful completion of graduate studies.


ATR 5007 - Activity Injury Management and Terminology - 2 cr.
An introduction to injury terminology, prevention and treatment strategies. Injury prevention principles and methods will be addressed including preventative taping, wrapping, and bracing; equipment selection and fitting; use of cryotherapy and thermotherapy; flexibility and warm-up; and assessment of inclement weather.


ATR 5008 - Introduction to Research and Statistics - 1 cr.
An introduction to research and statistics in the athletic training profession to provide a foundation for evidence based practice. The student will learn to access electronic databases; differentiate between research methodologies, understand basic statistical procedures, and begin to critically analyze experimental research. Students will be introduced to epidemiologic principles and measures as well as common patient outcome measures.


ATR 5505 - Kinesiology & Biomechanics - 2 cr.
Provides students with the foundational knowledge for understanding normal human movement. Emphasis is placed on biomechanics, joint structure and function, and muscle activity throughout the human body in concert with topics covered in human anatomy. Students explore the interaction of various joints and movement through common activities of daily living.


ATR 5510 - Functional Anatomy - 4 cr.
An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships among musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three-dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.


ATR 6002 - Evaluation & Management: Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine - 3 cr.
An in-depth study of injuries to the lower extremity and lumbar spine including mechanism/etiology, signs, symptoms, treatment, and management will be undertaken. Evaluation procedures will be presented, practiced, and evaluated. History, inspection/observation, palpation, assessment of motion, special testing, gait analysis, posture analysis, and functional assessment will be included.


ATR 6003 - Foundations of Neuromuscular Function - 2 cr.
A study of neuroanatomical structures and functions, neuropathology underlying specific clinical conditions, and theories supporting clinical treatment. Central and peripheral nervous systems are addressed at macro and micro levels. Specific focus will be on proprioception, neuromuscular, sensory, and cranial nerve function.


ATR 6007 - Clinical Applications of Movement Analysis - 2 cr.
Will explore injury prevention and risk management among active populations, as well as the assessment of musculoskeletal injuries from a biomechanical perspective. Students will investigate how physics principles can be applied to quantitatively and qualitatively assess movement of the human body. Biomechanical analysis will then be used to identify, explain, and address pathomechanics that result in decreased athletic performance or injury.


ATR 6009 - Evaluation & Mgt: Emergent - 3 cr.
An in depth study of medical emergencies and acute conditions in physical activity settings. Students will become prepared to respond to situations necessitating cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, and other life saving techniques. Students will implement treatment algorithms, patient stabilization, and transport methods.


ATR 6010 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation I - 3 cr.
An introduction to the theory and science underlying strength training, conditioning, and rehabilitation for physically active individuals with a focus on training and conditioning. Elements including phase of training; strength, and conditioning; and activity requirements will be stressed. Systems (cardiovascular, musculoskeletal) and bodily regions (knee, ankle, etc.) will be integrated. Lab activities will focus on strength training, conditioning, and assessment of associated variables.


ATR 6011 - Career Development - 0 cr.
A seminar designed to assist students in preparing materials for career searches and being prepared to successfully navigate the career search process. Materials including a cover letter, resume, and mock interview analysis will be created.


ATR 6100 - Beginning Clinical in AT - 2 cr.
The first of two clinical experiences for first-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. Injury prevention will be the predominate focus of this experience.


ATR 6101 - Intermediate Clinical in ATR - 2 cr.
The second of two clinical experiences for first-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned preceptor. Lower extremity injury evaluation, athletic conditioning techniques, and emergency care will be the primary focus.


ATR 6200 - Athletic Training Seminar - 0 cr.
An overview of selected topics pertinent to athletic training and sports medicine. Guest presenters from the allied health and medical communities will be the primary delivery mode. Students will register for course all 4 semesters.


ATR 6203 - Professional Development I: Professional Communication - 1 cr.
First in a two course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include documentation and communication and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit beginning level behaviors in all areas for progression to the next level.


ATR 6204 - Professional Development in Athletic Training II: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment - 1 cr.
Second in a three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include miscellaneous issues and interventions related to sports medicine and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit beginning level behaviors in all areas and some intermediate behaviors for progression to the next level.

Prerequisite Course: ATR 6203


ATR 6501 - Evaluation/Mgt:Upper Extremit - 3 cr.
An in-depth study of injuries to the upper extremity, trunk, and head/c-spine including mechanism/etiology, signs, symptoms, treatment, and management will be undertaken. Evaluation procedures will be presented, reviewed, practiced, and evaluated. Students will be expected to successfully conduct a history, inspection/observation, palpation, assessment of motion, special testing, postural analysis, and functional assessment of the upper extremity, trunk, and head.


ATR 6502 - Therapeutic Modalities - 2 cr.
A review of the underlying chemistry and physics followed by in-depth study of physiological effects, indications, contraindications, and techniques of application necessary to select and utilize common therapeutic modalities in the allied health care setting. Appropriate patient position and modality set-up/application for optimal therapeutic effect will be stressed.


ATR 6509 - Research Concepts and Proposal Development - 2 cr.
The student will be required to conceive a topic appropriate for study, conduct a brief literature review, and devise appropriate methodology to answer the question(s) of interest. Students will also learn appropriate research concepts to collect data, interpret statistics, devise projects, and critique non-experimental research. At the conclusion of the course students will have developed a thesis prospectus sufficiently detailed for IRB consideration and beginning a project utilizing AMA (American Medical Association) guidelines.


ATR 6510 - Conditioning and Rehabilitation II - 3 cr.
An introduction to the theory and science underlying strength training, conditioning, and rehabilitation for physically active individuals. Elements including phase of training and/or tissue healing/repair; indications/contraindications of rehabilitation, strength, and conditioning; and activity requirements will be stressed. Systems (cardiovascular, musculoskeletal) and bodily regions (knee, ankle, etc.) will be integrated.


ATR 6511 - Biophychosocial Issues and Interventions - 2 cr.
An introduction to biopsychosocial issues impacting the physically active. The interaction between mind and body will be the primary focus. The student will identify the appropriate role of the athletic trainer and identify when circumstances warrant referral to other healthcare/mental health providers.


ATR 6512 - Healthcare Information Technology - 1 cr.
A study of health information technologies with potential utility in athletic training clinical settings. The student will be prepared to identify and utilize appropriate technology to facilitate patient care.


ATR 6777 - Special Topics - 1-4 cr.
Topics.


ATR 6998 - ATR & Sports Medicine Pract - 1-3 cr.
An additional experience intended to give students a concentrated exposure to a setting of choice. Students are responsible for securing their placement in conjunction with program faculty. The experience will be customized to the needs and professional goals of the student. One pre-season exposure consisting of a minimum of one credit must be attained.


ATR 7004 - Eval & Mgt: General Medicine - 3 cr.
A study of pathology and common disorders of the organ systems. Focus is on etiology, signs, symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of such disorders. Students will be exposed to the appropriate knowledge base and skills needed to perform basic assessments. The focus will be on differential diagnosis and making appropriate referral decisions to other healthcare providers as warranted. Screening and determination of a safe physical condition for activity will also be considered. .


ATR 7006 - Leadership & Admin in ATR - 3 cr.
An introduction to administrative and professional practices concerning operations and personnel as they apply specifically to the athletic training setting. Additional study of topics includes leadership, development of policies/procedures, employment issues, facility design and development, and legal concerns. The course will culminate in creation of an operations binder to be combined with the project produced in ATR 7505.


ATR 7008 - Diagnostic & Orthopedic Applic - 2 cr.
An overview of common diagnostic, office sports medical, and surgical preparation procedures. These procedures are typically found in clinical settings and are used to supplement traditional practices by athletic trainers. The knowledge base and skills addressed encompass those performed by orthopedic and surgical technicians.


ATR 7009 - Manual and Mechanical Interventions - 2 cr.
Theory, clinical and scientific rationale, and application of mechanical and manual therapy techniques to address dysfunction in the physically active population. Application of manual and mechanical therapy skills in clinical practice will be emphasized heavily with consideration for indications and contraindications.


ATR 7010 - Nutritional and Pharmacological Interventions - 2 cr.
An overview of nutritional and pharmacological approaches to enhanced performance, healing, and recovery in physically active populations. The overall focus will be on application to clinical practice. Students will performance basic nutritional assessment, interpret findings, and make suggestions for change


ATR 7100 - Intermediate Clinical ATR II - 2 cr.
The first clinical experience for second-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. Emergency care, upper extremity evaluation, modalities, and rehabilitation will be the primary focus.


ATR 7101 - Advanced Clinical in ATR - 2 cr.
The second of two clinical experiences for second-year athletic training students. Students will complete competencies, proficiencies, and clinical experiences commensurate with their level in the program under an assigned clinical instructor. General medical assessment and integration of all athletic training skills previously learned within curriculum will be the focus.


ATR 7202 - Professional Development III: Issues and Interventions - 1 cr.
Third in a three course series designed to facilitate professional growth. The course will include issues related to populations across the lifespan in sports medicine and a multi-faceted developmental assessment of progression in identified foundational development areas. Students will be expected to exhibit intermediate behaviors for progression to the next level. Prerequisite: ATR 6204

Prerequisite Course: ATR 6204


ATR 7504 - Advanced Tech in ATR - 1-4 cr.
An introduction to advanced studies and techniques. Students will review appropriate theories and practice skills and techniques related to one or more of the athletic training practice domains. Topic areas will be offered on a rotating basis and typically include an emphasis on either evaluation, rehabilitation, or therapeutic modalities.


ATR 7505 - Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 3 cr.
An introduction to the US healthcare system and principles of demonstrating value in healthcare. Students will learn foundational principles, financial operations, and strategies to innovate and create new applications in healthcare. The course will culminate in students devising a business plan for a mock organization or venture.


ATR 7508 - Conditioning & Rehab III - 2 cr.
Culminating course in Conditioning and Rehabilitation. Elements of common orthopedic surgical procedures and implications for rehabilitation will be addressed. Periodization of training encompassing conditioning, rehabilitation, and post surgical rehabilitation phases will be outlined. Students will develop a final comprehensive program encompassing all phases.


ATR 7555 - Internship - 1-8 cr.
Description coming soon.


ATR 7888 - Master's Thesis in ATR - 1-3 cr.
The student will prepare a complete thesis project. The student will collect data then analyze and formulate data supported conclusions. They will then produce a manuscript and meet college requirements for a thesis. Students have the option of selecting 7888 or 7980. This option is best suited for those electing to focus on doctoral studies and a career as a researcher. Prerequisites: ATR 7002 and a completed, approved IRB application.


ATR 7980 - Capstone Project in ATR - 2 cr.
The student will complete a culminating evidence based project related to the field of athletic training. Options will include, but are not limited to, case studies, literature review, group research project, etc. Students have the option of selecting 7888 or 7980. This option is best suited for those electing to focus on a career in clinical practice.


ATR 7999 - ATR Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Description coming soon.