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Sport neurology
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Managing neurological injuries resulting from participation in sports and physical activity. Understanding basic science concepts regarding neurological mechanisms of pain, pathophysiology of neurologic injuries, neurodynamics, and the psychological contributions of pain.
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Orthopedic diagnostic evaluation
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Advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the pathology, examination, and diagnosis of orthopaedic and sport-related injuries to the upper and lower extremities, the back, and spine. Integrating evidence-based practice principles to enhance clinical decision-making skills in injury evaluation and diagnosis. Developing clinical reasoning skills to accurately and efficiently utilize physical examination and diagnostic tests to evaluate complex orthopaedic conditions, recognize atypical presentations, identify non-orthopaedic conditions that present as orthopaedic conditions, and recommend and interpret appropriate imaging and laboratory tests.
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Orthopedic imaging and labs
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Enhancing knowledge regarding common imaging and laboratory techniques used in the management of orthopaedic patients. Understanding various imaging modalities including radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scans, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
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Orthopedic surgical considerations
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Enhancing knowledge and awareness of special considerations for rehabilitation following common orthopaedic surgeries. Providing quality education and counseling to orthopaedic patients through the development of advanced knowledge and skills in post-surgical rehabilitation. Surgical techniques for common orthopaedic conditions of the upper and lower extremities. Tissue response to surgery, post-surgical rehabilitation guidelines and timelines, and surgical outcomes.
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Orthopedic management
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Effectively manage patients with increasingly complex orthopaedic conditions. Management of complex orthopaedic conditions with and without co-morbidities and includes the development prioritized care plans, strategies to maximize long-term health related quality of life, identifying criteria and plans for safe return to participation and to maximize sports performance, engaging in patient education.
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Tissue healing
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Planning and implementing a comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation program based on the sequential biological events of connective tissue healing. Orthopaedic basic science concepts involved in clinical assessment, establishment of therapeutic objectives, and selection of therapeutic agents. The histology, morphology, and biomechanics of soft connective tissues, muscle, articular cartilage, and peripheral nerves... as well as the basic science of tissue healing following injury. The relationships between tissue healing physiology and selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions. Current topics in soft tissue healing and rehabilitation, including viscosupplementation, graft ligamentization, and biologic treatment techniques.
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Movement dysfunction
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Foundational concepts of structure and function as they relate to fundamental patterns of human movement. Neuro-developmental progression, motor development, motor learning, and motor control concepts. Utilizing dynamic systems theory and tensegrity models, identifying factors contributing to movement dysfunction and techniques for movement assessment.
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Management of neurologic conditions in sports
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Enhancing knowledge and skills regarding the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients who present with neurologic conditions. Understanding red flags for various conditions, diagnostic testing, and appropriate care for various conditions.
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Quality improvement and patient safety
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Making changes in healthcare that will improve patient outcomes, system performance, and professional development. Understanding quality improvement, especially as it relates to patient outcomes (health), system performance (care), and professional development (learning). The history of quality improvement in healthcare and a global understanding of the value of quality improvement to the advancement of patient care. Creating and managing interprofessional teams, identifying quality improvement issues, process literacy, data collection for continuous improvement, and implementing system changes.
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Evidence-based practice
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Enabling the clinical decision-making process in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence. It is also intended to build on entry-level evidence-based practice courses with the use of informatics and technology to access the medical literature. Advanced topics related to the EBP process, framing clinical questions to enhance clinical decision-making, searching the literature, critical appraisal, integration and evaluation of the evidence, grading levels of evidence and strength of recommendations, patient values, and statistical terminology related to EBP.
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Networking with industry leaders
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Attending a four-day intensive institute focused on innovation to advance athletic health care to face-to-face network with industry leaders and build life-long connections that go way beyond a degree.
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Transition to the medical model
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Attending a four-day intensive institute focused on innovation to advance athletic health care and thought leadership on the transition to the medical model.
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Innovation
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Attending a four-day intensive institute focused on innovation to advance athletic health care with particular emphasis on innovation to advance higher education, innovation to advance patient care, and innovation to advance research. Participants will develop action plans for leading innovation in athletic health care education, patient care, and research.
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Professionalism in athletic training
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Examination and application of theories of professionalism and leadership as they related to various aspects of the practice of athletic training. Topics such as: Medical professionalism, Organizational communication, Personal effectiveness and productivity, Communities of practice, Leading change, and Conflict management.
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Leadership in athletic training
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Examination and application of theories of leadership as they related to various aspects of the practice of athletic training. Topics such as: Contemporary leadership theories, Organizational communication, Personal effectiveness and productivity, Communities of practice, Leading change, and Conflict management. ​
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Diagnosis of neurologic conditions in sports
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Enhancing knowledge and skills regarding the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients who present with neurologic conditions. Understanding red flags for various conditions, diagnostic testing, and appropriate care for various conditions.
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Health policy
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Exploration of current policy issues and trends in healthcare in general, and in athletic training more specifically. Examining the U.S. health care system from a health policy and health politics perspective. Looking more specifically at emerging policy issues to better understand legal and risk management concepts as they pertain to daily clinical practice and the administration thereof.
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Systems of delivery
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This course examines the evolution of the U.S. health care system from a health policy and health politics perspective. Topics include financing, organization, and delivery of health care, including: access, coverage, cost, and quality of health services; the influence of medical and nonmedical determinants of health; the design of health insurance, including public and private health coverage models; the evolution of consumer-directed and other price- sensitive cost containment mechanisms; impacts of the changing care delivery systems on providers and their patients; public safety net programs; overview of the status of the 2010 health care legislation; and an analysis of the respective roles of government and the private sector in regulating health care. Special emphasis will be given to the history and evolution of educational, regulatory, and credentialing components of major allied health care disciplines, including athletic training, and their role in the contemporary U.S. healthcare system.​
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Contemporary issues in AT education
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Exploring contemporary issues in athletic training education, with special emphasis on the continuum of education from professional programs through residency and fellowship training to post-professional degree programs, such as the Doctor of Athletic Training and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as continuing education and maintenance of competence. A global perspective of the structure of health professions education, accreditation, and current issues in higher education will be explored.
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Movement dysfunction corrective techniques
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Advanced knowledge in the rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries, by utilizing corrective techniques to restore movement patterns and function. Integrating tensegrity and dynamic systems models to develop a sequential and progressive rehabilitation program, centered on restoration of movement patterns in fundamental, transitional, and functional postures. Concepts of mobility, sensorimotor control, movement patterning, and neurodevelopmental progression.
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Rehabilitation for sport performance
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Bridging the gap from rehabilitation to sport performance. Neuromuscular considerations such as psychomotor and somatosensory control. Considerations for strength training, time under tension, power development and athletic movement prescription.
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Traumatic head injury in sports
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Understanding the spectrum of head injury from catastrophic head injury with internal hemorrhage to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, as well as the specifics regarding assessment, treatment, and management.
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Research methods and design
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Developing and applying graduate level knowledge and skills related to research methods in health sciences. Skills regarding the development of a research proposal, including the identification of a problem, conducting a literature review, developing a hypothesis, designing a study and submitting an Institutional Review Board application. ​
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Methods of data analysis
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Developing and applying graduate level knowledge and skills related to the use of statistical methodology in health sciences research.​​
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Practice-based research
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Understanding and conducting practice-based research – the last step of the transnational research continuum and is vital to the translation of evidence into routine clinical practice. Fundamental concepts related to practice-based research including but not limited to the clinician-scientist model, researcher-clinician partnerships, common study designs and statistical approaches, implementation and dissemination of evidence, and practice-based research networks.
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Qualitative research
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Understanding the methods of qualitative research. As athletic training continues to identify ways to enhance the care provided to various populations, it is essential to integrate patients' perspectives and preferences during the decision-making process. To effectively do so, it is important to have an understanding of the various strategies to gather this information.
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Complex patients with concussion
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Examining the treatment of patients with complex medical concerns who suffer a concussion. Understanding a patient's past medical history and co-morbid factors and how these may influence the assessment, treatment, and management of head injuries.
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We’ve matched our curriculum to your previously selected interests and arranged them by your level of interest (i.e., 4 of 5 selected). Elective tracks are taken in conjunction with one another, in addition to the foundations required to obtain an athletic training doctorate.

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Leadership and Education
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Improve your understanding of and, ability to conduct, practice-based research – a vital element needed to translate evidence into routine clinical practice.
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Rehabilitation
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Enhance your ability to plan and implement a comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation program based on the sequential biological events of connective tissue healing.
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Sport Neurology and Concussion
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Learn how to diagnosis and mange neurologic conditions in sports, such as traumatic brain injury and concussions, as well as rehabilitation.
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Orthopaedics
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Learn about the orthopaedic basic science concepts involved in clinical assessment, establishment of therapeutic objectives, and selection of therapeutic agents.
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Required Foundations

Clinical Decision-Making
Selected

ATRN 7110

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

3 credits

ATRN 7120

Evidence-Based Practice

3 credits

ATRN 7130

Patient-Oriented Outcomes

3 credits

ATRN 7140

Health Information Technology

3 credits

Innovation | Winter Institute
Selected

ATRN 8150

Winter Institute: Innovation to Advance Athletic Health Care

5 credits

Applied Research
Selected

ATRN 8010

Research Methods and Design

3 credits

ATRN 8020

Methods of Data Analysis

3 credits

ATRN 8100

Practice-Based Research

3 credits

ATRN 8120

OR

ATRN 8210

Athletic Injury Epidemiology

OR (student chooses one of these courses)

Qualitative Research Methodology

 

3 credits

ATRN 9001

Analyzing the Problem

4 credits

ATRN 9002

Proposing a Solution

4 credits

ATRN 9003

Implementing and Evaluating the Solution

4 credits

ATRN 9004

Completing and Disseminating the Project

4 credits

 

 

Elective Tracks
Orthopaedics Track
ATRN 7410
Orthopaedic Diagnostic Evaluation
3 credits
ATRN 7430
Orthopaedic Imaging and Labs
3 credits
ATRN 7440
Orthopaedic Surgical Considerations
3 credits
ATRN 7420
Orthopaedic Management
3 credits
Rehabilitation Track
ATRN 7210
Foundations of Tissue Healing
3 credits
ATRN 7230
Assessment of Movement Dysfunction
3 credits
ATRN 7240
Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction
3 credits
ATRN 7250
Rehabilitation Considerations for Sport Performance
3 credits
Leadership and Education Track
ATRN 8140
Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training
3 credits
ATRN 8130
Health Policy and Systems of Delivery
3 credits
ATRN 8160
Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training Education
3 credits
ATRN 8170
Applied Clinical Education and Mentoring
3 credits
Sport Neurology and Concussion
ATRN 7310
Foundations of Sport Neurology
3 credits
ATRN 7320
Diagnosis and Management of Neurologic Conditions in Sport
3 credits
ATRN 7330
Classification and Management of Traumatic Head Injury
3 credits
ATRN 7340
Assessment and Management of Complex Patients with Concussion
3 credits
 
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Course Details

Clinical Decision Making REQUIRED FOUNDATION

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Quality improvement is the consistent, combined effort of many to make changes in healthcare that will improve patient outcomes, system performance, and professional development. This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer's understanding of quality improvement, especially as it relates to patient outcomes (health), system performance (care), and professional development (learning). An overview of the history of quality improvement in healthcare will be provided to provide a global understanding of the value of quality improvement to the advancement of patient care.

Additionally, the Model of Improvement will serves as the theoretical foundation for the course. Topics will include creating and managing interprofessional teams, identifying quality improvement issues, process literacy, data collection for continuous improvement, and implementing system changes. During the course, students will also be introduced to common tools used in quality improvement projects, such as process diagrams, cause-and-effect diagrams, run charts, and plan-do-study-act cycles. Achievement of course learning objectives will occur through readings, multi-media presentations, discussions, presentations, and individual and/or group assignments.

Evidence-Based Practice
This course is designed to enable the athletic trainer's clinical decision-making process in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence. It is also intended to build on entry-level evidence-based practice courses with the use of informatics and technology to access the medical literature. The course will cover advanced topics related to the EBP process, framing clinical questions to enhance clinical decision-making, searching the literature, critical appraisal, integration and evaluation of the evidence, grading levels of evidence and strength of recommendations, patient values, and statistical terminology related to EBP. ​

Patient-Oriented Outcomes
​Advanced Patient-Oriented Outcomes is designed to enhance the athletic trainer's ability to employ clinician-based and patient-based clinical outcome measures for the determination of effective clinical decision-making through the practice of providing patient-centered whole person healthcare. Discussion of disablement models and outcomes research as the foundations to evidence-based practice will be provided. The use of disablement models as a framework for whole person healthcare and the evaluation of health-related quality of life will be presented.

This course builds upon the basic components of clinical outcomes assessment by providing advanced content related to clinician- and patient-oriented outcomes. Instruction on the selection, implementation, and use of single- and multi-item, general and specific patient-rated outcomes instruments will be given. Details regarding the concepts of measurement properties, including assessment of measurement change, will be provided. Opportunity to develop an outcomes study through creation of a clinical question in PICO format will be provided and discussion of using practice-based research networks as means to conducting outcomes investigations will occur.

Health Information Technology
The purpose of this course is to provide the athletic trainer with a survey of relevant concepts, tools, and systems of healthcare informatics and technology that may be useful throughout the clinical decision-making process. An understanding of informatics concepts and skills related to the use of technology has been identified as critical for all modern healthcare professionals. Moreover, informatics and technology provide several distinct advantages to the modern healthcare system, including, but limited to: cost savings; error detection; quality improvement, and; improved patient outcomes.

Winter Institute REQUIRED FOUNDATION

Winter Institute – Innovation to Advance Athletic Health Care
The four-day intensive Winter Institute is focused on Innovation to Advance Athletic Health Care. The thread of innovation is woven throughout the course with particular emphasis on innovation to advance higher education, innovation to advance patient care, and innovation to advance research.

This course is designed to promote in-depth interaction between students and faculty to facilitate the development of action plans for leading innovation in athletic health care education, patient care, and research. Students will prepare a project proposal specific to their work environment to help them develop the knowledge and skills for leading innovations within their own health care facilities and institutions.

The Institute faculty consists of leading innovators in athletic health care from across the country that students will have the opportunity to learn with and from. Each faculty member will lead educational sessions in their respective area(s) of expertise and will serve as small group facilitators. Students will be mixed throughout the week into three distinct small groups that meet daily, each facilitated by an internal (ATSU) and external faculty member, to maximize opportunities for extensive interactions with peers and faculty.

Study sections will be used at the beginning of each day to stimulate critical thinking and promote dialogue around the theme of the day. Project groups will meet daily to help students develop their innovative projects for leading and managing environmental change. Reflection groups will meet at the end of each day to discuss the days key points, where students experienced their greatest knowledge gains, how the information can be translated into their work setting, and what new questions may have emerged.

An extensive course-reading list will be provided in advance of the face-to-face meeting and students will be required to read all course material prior to the educational sessions. In addition to the project proposal, readings, and attending the face-to-face sessions, students will be expected to complete a post-Institute assessment.

Applied ResearchREQUIRED FOUNDATION

Research Methods & Design
This course will focus on the development and application of graduate level knowledge and skills related to research methods in health sciences. Skills regarding the development of a research proposal, including the identification of a problem, conducting a literature review, developing a hypothesis, designing a study and submitting an Institutional Review Board application are integral components of this course. ​

Methods of Data Analysis
This course will focus on development and application of graduate level knowledge and skills related to the use of statistical methodology in health sciences research.​

Qualitative Research Methodology
​This course is designed to introduce the athletic trainer to the methods of qualitative research. As athletic training continues to identify ways to enhance the care provided to various populations, it is essential to integrate patients' perspectives and preferences during the decision-making process. To effectively do so, it is important to have an understanding of the various strategies to gather this information. This course will cover the basics of qualitative research, methods to collect and analyze qualitative data, and strategies to incorporate qualitative data.

Analyzing the Problem
This course is the first in a series of four courses designed to assist you with the development of an applied research project (ARP) through the stages of reviewing the literature to project dissemination. Understanding the past and current literature around your desired research topic area is crucial to the development of a sound research project. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to successfully review the literature around your chosen ARP topic and write a focused review of literature, which will serve as a foundational paper for your ARP. ​

Proposing a Solution
This course is the second in a series of four courses designed to assist you with the development of an applied research project (ARP) through the stages of reviewing the literature to project dissemination. The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop and present the proposal for your required ARP. The proposal is crucial for the success of your ARP, as it describes in detail the research questions, hypotheses, and methodological details of your study.

During this course you will work closely with your ARP advisor to ensure your ARP proposal is methodologically sound and feasible. By the end of this course, you will have completed your ARP proposal and will present your project to your ARP advisor and submit your application to the IRB.

Implementing and Evaluating the Solution
This course is the fourth in a series of four courses designed to assist you with the development of an applied research project (ARP) through the stages of reviewing the literature to project dissemination. The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to continue to finalize your data collection forms and sampling methodology and to successfully complete your data collection as well as properly manage your data.

Additionally, this course will help you to develop and implement an analysis plan for your ARP, based on previous methodological and statistical courses, and write the bulk of your results section so that you will be ready to complete your manuscript and prepare it for dissemination in the next course.​

Completing and Disseminating the Project
​This course is the fourth and final course in a series of four courses designed to assist you with the development of an Applied Research Project (ARP) through the stages of reviewing the literature to project dissemination. The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete your ARP manuscript, and to identify possible strategies for the dissemination your research findings through means, such as poster and oral presentations or manuscript submission.

Rehabilitation
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Foundations of Tissue Healing (current course)
This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainers' ability to plan and implement a comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation program based on the sequential biological events of connective tissue healing. Orthopaedic basic science concepts involved in clinical assessment, establishment of therapeutic objectives, and selection of therapeutic agents will be addressed. The histology, morphology, and biomechanics of soft connective tissues, muscle, articular cartilage, and peripheral nerves will be presented. Subsequently, the basic science of tissue healing following injury will be covered. Special focus is placed on the relationships between tissue healing physiology and selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions. Current topics in soft tissue healing and rehabilitation, including viscosupplementation, graft ligamentization, and biologic treatment techniques will be discussed. This course provides the orthopaedic basic science foundation for discussion of therapeutic techniques in future rehabilitation courses.

Assessment of Movement Dysfunction (current course)
This course introduces and explores the foundational concepts of structure and function as they relate to fundamental patterns of human movement. Neuro-developmental progression, motor development, motor learning, and motor control concepts will be presented. Utilizing dynamic systems theory and tensegrity models, factors contributing to movement dysfunction will be identified and techniques for movement assessment will be outlined and discussed. Following the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of movement dysfunction

Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction (current course)
This course provides the athletic trainer with advanced knowledge in the rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries, by utilizing corrective techniques to restore movement patterns and function. Emphasis is placed on integration of tensegrity and dynamic systems models to develop a sequential and progressive rehabilitation program, centered on restoration of movement patterns in fundamental, transitional, and functional postures. Concepts of mobility, sensorimotor control, movement patterning, and neurodevelopmental progression will be studied. Assisted, active, and reactive techniques for improving mobility, stability, and movement will be taught.

Rehabilitation Considerations for Sport Performance
This course provides the athletic trainer with the advanced knowledge on how to bridge the gap from rehabilitation to sport performance. Neuromuscular considerations such as psychomotor and somatosensory control will be explored. Considerations for strength training, time under tension, power development and athletic movement prescription will be examined. Following this course, the athletic trainer will be able to develop a comprehensive program for the athlete who is returning to sport post-injury.

Orthopaedics
ELECTIVE

Orthopaedic Diagnostic Evaluation
This course is designed to provide the athletic trainer with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the pathology, examination, and diagnosis of orthopaedic and sport-related injuries to the upper and lower extremities, the back, and spine. Content is presented with an emphasis on integrating evidence-based practice principles to enhance the student's clinical decision-making skills in injury evaluation and diagnosis. Focus will be placed on developing clinical reasoning skills to enhance the student's ability to accurately and efficiently utilize the physical examination and diagnostic tests to evaluate complex orthopaedic conditions, recognize atypical presentations, identify non-orthopaedic conditions that present as orthopaedic conditions, and recommend and interpret appropriate imaging and laboratory tests. Students will engage in weekly collaborative learning activities and independent assignments to enhance their clinical skills in Orthopaedic Diagnostic Evaluation.

Orthopaedic Imaging and Labs
This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer's knowledge regarding common imaging and laboratory techniques used in the management of orthopaedic patients. Students will be exposed to various imaging modalities including radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scans, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. The use of laboratory tests for injury and illness will also be examined. Students will engage in weekly collaborative learning activities and independent assignments to evaluate the sensitivity and utility of imaging and laboratory tests used in athletic health care.

Orthopaedic Surgical Considerations (current course)
This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer's knowledge and awareness of special considerations for rehabilitation following common orthopaedic surgeries. The course focuses on improving the athletic trainer's ability to provide quality education and counseling to their orthopaedic patients through the development of advanced knowledge and skills in post-surgical rehabilitation. Surgical techniques for common orthopaedic conditions of the upper and lower extremities will be presented. Tissue response to surgery, post-surgical rehabilitation guidelines and timelines, and surgical outcomes will be discussed. Students will engage in weekly collaborative learning activities to critically appraise the current evidence for post-surgical rehabilitation approaches. The course culminates with the development of a comprehensive, evidence-based post-surgical rehabilitation protocol for an orthopaedic surgery of the student's choice.

Orthopaedic Management
Effectively manage patients with increasingly complex orthopaedic conditions. Management of complex orthopaedic conditions with and without co-morbidities and includes the development prioritized care plans, strategies to maximize long-term health related quality of life, identifying criteria and plans for safe return to participation and to maximize sports performance, engaging in patient education.

Leadership and Education
ELECTIVE

Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training (current course)
This course offers an examination and application of theories of professionalism and leadership as they related to various aspects of the practice of athletic training. Topics include, but are not limited to: Contemporary leadership theories, Medical professionalism, Organizational communication, Personal effectiveness and productivity, Communities of practice, Leading change, and Conflict management.

The course requires students to be active participants in the learning process. We will rely on a series of readings (eg book chapters, classic and contemporary articles, research studies), presentations, discussions, and both reflective and authentic applied assignments to provide a deeper understanding of leadership and professionalism and their impact the athletic training profession. By the end of this course you should have the foundational knowledge and a framework for action that will allow you to make informed decisions about your own leadership roles and pursue meaningful change in both your work setting and your profession.

Health Policy and Systems of Delivery (current course)
This course provides a forum for exploration and discussion of current policy issues and trends in healthcare in general, and in athletic training more specifically. The course attempts to do three things: The first half of the course takes a broader approach to examine the U.S. health care system from a health policy and health politics perspective. Topics include general civics, the role of state and federal government in law and policy making, as well as organizing, financing, and delivering health care.

The second half of the course will look more specifically at emerging policy issues. The second half of the course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer's understanding of legal and risk management concepts as they pertain to daily clinical practice and the administration thereof. Concepts will include: accreditation, cardiac, heat and hydration, injury prevention and sport specialization, and concussion policy analysis.

Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training Education
This course that will explore contemporary issues in athletic training education, with special emphasis on the continuum of education from professional programs through residency and fellowship training to post-professional degree programs, such as the Doctor of Athletic Training and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as continuing education and maintenance of competence. A global perspective of the structure of health professions education, accreditation, and current issues in higher education will be explored. Students will develop insights and discuss implications for the ever-changing nature of health professions education, with a focus on contemporary issues in athletic training education.

Applied Clinical Education and Mentoring
This course is intended to improve the student's understanding and application of best practices in clinical education and mentoring in athletic training professional education and residency/fellowship training programs. Focus will be on best practices regarding bridging the gap between didactic and clinical education, clinical education techniques and models, preceptor mentoring, and student/resident/fellow mentorship models. Focused discussion regarding developing assessment activities at the point-of-care to facilitate practice-based research is included. Contemporary issues in clinical education, facilitating transition to practice, and mentoring within the health professions will also be presented.

Sport Neurology and Concussion
ELECTIVE

Foundations of Sport Neurology
This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainers' ability to manage neurological injuries resulting from participation in sports and physical activity. Basic science concepts regarding neurological mechanisms of pain, pathophysiology of neurologic injuries, neurodynamics, and the psychological contributions of pain will be discussed. This course will serve as a foundation to the other courses in the Sports Neurology and Concussion track or graduate certificate program.

Diagnosis and Management of Neurologic Conditions in Sport
This course is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and skills regarding the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients who present with neurologic conditions. Specific attention will be placed on understanding red flags for various conditions, diagnostic testing, and appropriate care for various conditions. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

Classification and Management of Traumatic Head Injury
This course is designed to expand the student's understanding of traumatic head injury. The course will span the spectrum of head injury from catastrophic head injury with internal hemorrhage to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. Specifics regarding assessment, treatment, and management will be presented. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

Assessment and Management of Complex Patients with Concussion
This course will provide a thorough examination of the treatment of patients with complex medical concerns who suffer a concussion. Specific attention will be focused on the patient's past medical history and co-morbid factors and how these may influence the assessment, treatment, and management of head injuries. The course will use a mix of online readings, videos, and discussion forums to foster collaboration among students.

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