This will be the first in a series of evaluation-based courses for the Master of Athletic Training degree program, and will cover key concepts of the evaluative process. Material covered in this course will be reinforced in more detail throughout the curricular progression. Content will focus on the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) as a basis for delivery, and communication of patient care. This will be the framework for integrating evaluation findings, and developing a plan of care including referral to the appropriate provider when indicated. This course will establish ethical standards of the profession that are congruent with clinical practice, which will be consistent throughout the curriculum. While the course will center on developing foundational musculoskeletal evaluation techniques, emphasis will also be placed on the management of patients with acute conditions that are life threatening or otherwise emergent. Students will learn to perform an evaluation that formulates a diagnosis, and plan of care for patients with health conditions commonly seen in athletic training practice. This evaluation includes the following: obtaining a medical history from the patient or other individual; identifying comorbidities and patients with complex medical conditions; selecting an appropriate outcomes measurement tool; observing function (including gait, posture and tissue appearance); performing strength and range of motion testing for the upper and lower quarters and the spine, and being able to select appropriate tests for individual scenarios; determining end-feel, and somatic responses associated with special tests that selectively examine the integrity of capsuloligamentous, and musculotendinous structures; performing a neurologic screening exam including dermatomes, myotomes, deep tendon reflexes and cranial nerve testing; understanding contemporary pain theory and how to assess pain in a patient scenario; analyzing functional tasks specific to the individual, sport/activity and body part or injury. This course will also include an overview of the tissue healing cascade following injury as well as inflammatory response, swelling and dysfunction in the context of the ICF model. The HSS and the business of healthcare elective is a two-week elective course designed to provide students an experience in analyzing health systems. It is particularly aimed at those interested in the administrative side of medicine. Students will be exposed to topics such as hospital functionality, operational efficiency, health system expansion and the vulnerabilities of health systems as shown by the COVID 19 pandemic. Part of the elective will be spent engaging in activities that immerse the student in day-to-day financial and business decisions, and performing written assignments evaluating how health care systems are adapting and evolving their financial and policy infrastructures. Course material will be presented in the form of didactic and active learning sessions.
This course provides the theoretical underpinnings that drive clinical applications of therapeutic interventions in health care and human performance restoration practice settings. Bridging the gap between concepts and applications will be a cornerstone of this course as a means to promote knowledge translation that lends to efficacious use in the care of patient/client populations. An evidence-based practice approach is emphasized to account for and effectively balance the influence of scientific data, clinician expertise, and patient/client values in the critical decision-making process, which adheres to ethical standards, and recognizes financial implications. In this structure, students will be presented with problem-based learning activities aimed at developing critical thinking abilities when operating in diverse practice settings. The basis of such activities will serve to nurture the efficient identification of viable solutions, and their prioritization given available resources, and constraints associated with various simulated clinical scenarios. Students will be exposed to a wide array of contemporary interventions with a focus on implementation in the management of acute, persistent, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal pathology as well as human performance restoration for the physically active. Acquisition of knowledge will be complemented with activities that build clinical skills that foster practitioner awareness for proper use, which promotes sound habits in operational procedures.