Athletic Training 422

ATTR 422: Athletic Injury Assessment II - Head, Spine, Thorax

Prerequisites: ATTR 323 and cumulative GPA of 2.75; or permission of instructor
Corequisites: ATTR 325

Credit Hours: (3)

Laboratory and clinical experiences in the recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries occurring to the head, spine, thorax, and abdomen.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both ESHE 422 and ATTR 422.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is designed to provide students with experience in both the didactic and psychomotor aspects of injury evaluation. Special emphasis is given to the decision-making processes involved with injury assessment. For each joint studied in this class students will review the anatomy and kinematics of the body part, will learn the signs and symptoms of common injuries, special tests to rule out those injuries. In addition, students will learn how to measure joint motion using a goniometer, and assess neurological integrity.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Students will be taught in a variety of situations Including lecture, problem solving sessions and hands on experiences. Students work in groups to learn skills and will assess the skills of other class members.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Use appropriate terminology to communicate information about athletic injuries.
2. List several accepted practices used in the prevention of athletic injuries. This involves physiological, anatomical and psychological implications.
3. Competently assess injuries and suggest appropriate care for those injuries.
4. Determine and execute the proper method for transporting the injured athlete, including using a spine board.
5. Delineate the basic components of an emergency action plan.

6. Perform a complete physical examination on the head, face, cervical spine, lumbar spine, pelvis, cardiopulmonary and abdominal structures.
7. Identify basic treatments for common injuries to the above body areas.
8.Discuss the responsibilities of the athletic trainer in various emergency situations.
9. Accurately relate the role of other allied health professionals who work with athletic trainers to ensure the health of the athlete.
10. Define cerebral concussion.
11. Identify the signs and symptoms of cerebral concussion and appropriate management and return-to-participation criteria.
Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include one or more of the following:

1. Written examination.

2. Oral/practical examination.

3. Written projects


Additional Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2012

September 2002 Revised Jon Poole

March, 2010