Course Information

Medical Sciences M.S. Degree, Concentration in Athletic Training

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Program of Study:

Fall 1 (first 10-week session)

ATR 5605

Youth Injury Epidemiology
This course is designed to familiarize students with the prevalence and statistics related to youth sport injuries. Key issues in epidemiology, injury etiology, risk factors related to both internal and external variables, and the efficacy and effectiveness of preventive measures in regard to youth sport injury will be analyzed and discussed.

3 credits

ATR 6236

Pediatric Sports Medicine
The unique orthopedic conditions specific to adolescents are addressed in this course. Issues such as anatomical and physiological considerations, genetics, circulatory disorders, neuromuscular disorders, mechanisms of injury, protective equipment, biomechanics, immature skeletal disruption, and others are covered.

3 credits

Total: 6 credits


Spring 1 (second 10-week session)

ATR 5508

Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
This class takes a unique look at the current issues facing the profession of athletic training. Historical perspectives, current implications, and futuristic opportunities and threats are discussed. Examples include the exploration of public health concerns such as MRSA, exertional heat illness, and sudden cardiac death.

3 credits

ATR 5515

Administration of Injury Prevention Programs
The development and implementation of injury prevention programs for youth sports are addressed in this course. Issues such as evidence based research, pharmacological interventions, budgeting, marketing, and measuring effectiveness are identified. An example of a program analysis would be the relationship of the chemical cascade associated with a concussion and its relevance to a practical injury prevention program.

3 credits

ATR 5319

Rehabilitation Considerations for Children
Principles of rehabilitation for children are addressed in this course. Physical, physiological, and psychological components are discussed. Examples include phases of inflammation and repair, bone healing, and other structural considerations.

3 credits

Total: 9 credits


Summer 1 (third 10-week session)

ATR 6615

Evidence Based Research & Writing
A thorough look at the process of utilizing evidence-based medicine and the importance for applying such outcomes to clinical practice is discussed. The process of preparing case studies, abstracts, and poster presentations are taught.

3 credits

ATR 6920

Athletic Training Professional Colloquium*
This week-long in residence course is conducted by leaders in the profession of athletic training. A variety of topics are covered, including national trends, association issues, and professional challenges.

3 credits

Total: 6 credits

*Includes one 5-day session on Tampa campus of USF.

Fall 2 (fourth 10-week session)

ATR 6446

Medical Conditions of Adolescents
This course focuses on non-orthopedic conditions in children. Examples of topics covered include diabetes, exercise induced asthma, and concussions. Particular detail will emphasize the physiology and chemistry of these conditions and their influence on recovery.

3 credits

ATR 6617

Capstone Project I
The capstone project is the final cumulative work that exemplifies a body of knowledge that significantly contributes a worthy product to the profession of athletic training and one’s own professional endeavors. The intent CP-1 is to incorporate all pertinent anatomical, physiological, biomechanical, and other factors related to a given problem associated with an adolescent injury/illness and provide a comprehensive overview. CP-1 focuses on identifying a problem, reviewing the literature, and developing a plan.

3 credits

Total: 6 credits

Spring 2 (fifth 10-week session)

ATR 6516

Ethical & Legal Issues in Healthcare
Current ethical and legal issues related to health care will be addressed with an emphasis on legal terminology and awareness. Controversial topics, case law, and anticipated issues related to future health care delivery will be covered. Examples will include cases involving right to die, informed consent, and other controversial medicolegal issues.

1 credit

GMS 6871

Health Sciences Ethics
Examines selected ethical considerations that have become significant components of the practice of the biomedical sciences and which often represent important considerations that must be addressed in both the “basic” and “clinical” sciences. Must be taken in conjunction with ATR 6516.

2 credits

ATR 6618

Capstone Project 2
CP-2 focuses on completing a SWOT analysis of the plan and formalizing a comprehensive written document. The intent of CP-2 is to consider the relevant pre-existing factors of an adolescent injury/illness (epidemiology, evidence-based emergency care and rehabilitation, and/or injury prevention strategies) and develop a plan or solution for practical implementation in an effort to promote participation in physical activity. The written document may consist of a systematic review or injury prevention program. The final project will be used for immediate implementation in a clinical setting, or submission for publication or presentation in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and/or symposia.

3 credits

Total: 6 credits