Course Information


MS in Advanced Athletic Training: Course Sequence & Course Descriptions:

Fall 1

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
ATR 6235

Motor Development & Skill Acquisition

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theories and approaches of skill acquisition in young athletes. Key issues in principles of motor control, including focus, feedback, and constraints will be analyzed and discussed.

3 credits
Total: 6 credits

Spring 1

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 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 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.

Total: 9 credits

Summer 1

ATR 6116

Preventing Sudden Death in Youth Sports Settings 

This course is designed to familiarize students with the common causes of fatalities in young athletes and methods of prevention, management, and return to play. Key issues in principles of airway management, cardiac events, and other emergency management skills will be analyzed and discussed.

3 credits
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. This course includes a 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

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
ATR 6626

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

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 6627

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