Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I

Course Details

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Fall 2011
D.L. Ligon Coliseum
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Days & Times

T-Th 8-9:20 AM

Gary Diehm (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Expectations



Description:          Integration of understanding of the mechanism of injury into assessment techniques used to distinguish injuries common to the physically active individual with a specific focus on the lower extremity, lumbar, and sacral spine.  (Prerequisites:  ATRN 1073.  Co-requisite:  ATRN 3801)




  1. To provide athletic training students with the knowledge and skills of lower extremity and lumbar spine clinical examination and diagnosis techniques necessary for effective performance as an entry-level certified athletic trainer (ATC). Specific clinical competencies are contained in the Athletic Training Education Competencies (4th ed) and are posted at the end of the syllabus. 
  2. To provide understanding of the underlying principles and techniques of effectivelower extremity and lumbar spine evaluation and assessment techniques.
  3. To facilitate critical thinking that involves application of scientific knowledge and problem solving to lower extremity and lumbar spine evaluation and assessment procedures.
  4. Utilize standard documentation procedures, terminology, and communication in the systemic evaluation and diagnosis of lower extremity and lumbar spine injuries.
  5. To facilitate the implementation of peer-reviewed research and case studies in the development of lower extremity and lumbar spine evaluation and assessment techniques.

Grading Standards


Course Evaluation:

Attendance & Participation: EXPECTED

Evidence Based Practice: 5 papers  x  30 points= 150 points

SOAP Notes:                    3 papers  x  20 points= 60 points

Assignments:                                                           = 40 points

Quizzes:                              4 quizzes x  15 points= 60 points

Exams:                                 4 exams   x  75 points= 300 points

Comprehensive Exam:     1 exam    x  150 point= 150 points

DLS:                                    2 DLS     x   20 points=  40 points

Total:                                                                             800 points


Grading Scale:



A  %


B  %

80 – 89

C  %

70 – 79

D  %

60 – 69

F  %

50 – 59

Final Exam

12/08/2011 8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy


Late Submission Policy: Assignments are DUE on the posted or announced date at the beginning of class.  If an assignment is turned in late (this includes the end of class), points will be deducted from the assignment.  If an assignment is not completed prior to the next class date you will receive a zero grade for that assignment.


Missed exams and assignments can only be made up if the absence was excused.  All must be completed within one week of the original due date.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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