Athletic Training 355

ATTR 355: Practicum IV-Athletic Training

Prerequisite: ATTR 325 and cumulative GPA of 2.75

Credit Hours: (4)

Laboratory and clinical experiences designed to provide students with formal instruction and evaluation in the Entry Level Athletic Training Clinical Proficiencies. This course requires the completion of 240 hours of a program approved preceptor. A portion of these clinical hours must be done at an off campus rotation with pre-season football at a program approved clinical site.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both ESHE 355 and ATTR 355.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is designed to allow the future certified athletic trainer an opportunity to develop their cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills while interacting in an athletic environment. The course offers a concentration in the psychomotor domain areas of head and spine assessment, rehabilitation and exercise and equipment issues associated with sport.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Students will meet at the beginning of the semester to be briefed on the conduct required of them while in the athletic training room and to be advised of the clinical competencies that must be mastered in the course. Students will be required to work with a certified athletic trainer to participate in coverage of athletic events, and the assessment, rehabilitation and treatment of athletic injuries. At the same time, students will develop their psychomotor domain skills in upper extremity assessment, rehabilitation and exercise. Students will only be allowed to perform tasks for which competency has been established in oral examinations with the clinical instructor staff or the ATEP program director.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Demonstrate the ability to set up a pre-participation physical examination.
2. Describe principles of effective heat loss and heat illness preventive programs, in relation to the administration of an athletic training room.

3.  Complete a physical examination, and appropriately document that examination, for the head, neck, face, spine, thorax and abdomen.
4.  Identify the indications, contraindications, precautions and adverse reactions for common prescription and nonprescription medications using current pharmacy resources.
5. Identify medications that might cause possible poisoning and identify how to activate poison control protocols.
6. Explain the known usage patterns, general effects and adverse effects of performance-enhancing substances.
7. Identify which therapeutic drugs and nontherapeutic substances are banned by sport in order to advise patients about potential disqualification.
8. Obtain and communicate patient education materials regarding physician-prescribed medications.
9. Select and fit a football helmet, lacrosse helmet, shoulder pads, and thoracic brace.
10. Implement the emergency action plan (EAP) at an activity or event.
11. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with an administrator and a parent.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include one or more of the following:

•    Written examinations

•    Oral examinations.

•    Preceptor Assessment

•    Supervised clinical hours


Additional Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2012

November 2005

March, 2010