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Emergency Med Resp

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Fall 2021 

Face to Face

Brown Football Fieldhouse

Instructor:          Coach Mike Collins

Office:                 Fieldhouse

Office phone:     

Office email:      m[email protected]

Office hours:      See last page of the syllabus  





This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries.  The student will receive information and practice the necessary skills needed to care for common athletic injuries.




Knowledge of and skill in obtaining basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification


Knowledge of appropriate emergency procedures (i.e., telephone procedures, written emergency procedures, personnel responsibilities) in a health and fitness setting


Knowledge of basic first aid procedures for exercise related injuries. Such as bleeding, strains, sprains, fractures, and exercise intolerance (dizziness, heat or cold injuries)


Knowledge of basic precautions taken in an exercise setting to ensure participant safety


Knowledge of the following terms: shin splints, sprain, strain, tennis elbow, bursitis, stress fracture, tendonitis, patellar femoral pain syndrome, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tendonitis.


Knowledge of safety plans, emergency procedures, and first aid techniques needed during fitness evaluations, exercise testing, and exercise training.


Knowledge of the health/fitness instructor's responsibilities, limitations, and the legal implications of carrying out emergency procedures


Knowledge of potential musculoskeletal injuries (e.g., contusions, sprains, strains, fractures), cardiovascular/pulmonary complications (e.g., tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension/hypertension, tachypnea), and metabolic abnormalities (e.g., fainting/syncope, hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia, hypothermia/hyperthermia)


Knowledge of the initial management and first aid techniques associated with open wounds, musculoskeletal injuries, cardiovascular/pulmonary complications, and metabolic disorders.


Knowledge of the legal implications of documented safety procedures, the use of incident documents, and ongoing safety training



  1. Introduction to athletic training and medical terminology
  2. Prevention of athletic injuries
  3. Evaluation of athletic injuries
  4. Treatment of athletic injuries
  5. Rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  6. Wound care
  7. Environmental heat stress
  8. Foot and ankle injuries
  9. Lower leg injuries
  10. Knee injuries
  11. Upper leg injuries
  12. Shoulder injuries
  13. Elbow, wrist, and hand injuries
  14. Head and neck injuries
  15. Potential medical emergencies


TEXTBOOK (optional)


Fundamentals of Athletic Training, 3rd Edition, 2011; Emergency Medical Responder (First on the scene) First Aid and CPR AED




  1. Methods
    1. Written Assessments (300 points)
  1.      i.     Test #1 (100 pts)
  2.     ii.     Test #2 (100 pts)
  3.    iii.     Test #3 (100 pts) 


    1. Athletic Injuries Article Assignment (100 points)

Each student will turn in 10 article summaries on 10 different topics from outside sources that relate to the selected topics that relate to different aspects of the care and prevention of athletic injuries.  An overview or summary of the article must accompany each article where an injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation procedure, preseason conditioning, emergency management, risk management, environmental issues or protective equipment is presented.  The entire article project is to be uploaded to the class Moodle site prior to 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021.    


    1. Moodle Assignments (5 at 30 points each 150 points total)

Points will be awarded based on individual evaluation of the assignments turned in by the students via email.  Merely turning in an assignment does not guarantee the awarding of points.  Assignments turned in after the Sunday, 3:00 pm deadline will not be graded and will result in no points awarded for that assignment.


  1. Grading Descriptions and point breakdown scale


“A”        100-93%--The student demonstrated extra initiative, going beyond the basic assigned directions to produce a finished project that was of the highest caliber, answered exam questions with clear and critical understanding of the concepts and terms.


“B”        92-85%--The student demonstrated no special initiative, but required no follow-up in fulfilling the basic requirements of the assignment, answered exam questions with reasonable understanding of concepts and terminology.


“C”        84-75%--The student required follow-up by the instructor and fulfilled only the very minimal requirements of the assignment, answered exam questions with average understanding of concepts and terminology.


“D”        74-67%--The student required substantial follow-up by the instructor and fulfilled slightly less than the minimal requirements of the assignment, answered exam questions with a clear lack of understanding of concepts and terminology.


“F”        66% & below—The student failed to submit the assignment and or required unusually substantial follow-up by the instructor, failed to answer exam questions or did so with total lack of understanding of concepts and terminology.


Point Breakdown:            600 -- 540            A

                                             539 – 479             B

                                             478 – 418             C

                                             417 – 357             D

                                             356 – 000             F













Attendance Policy: Class role will be taken every class period. Students who miss more than two (2) scheduled classes will have a letter indicating such sent to their academic dean the day following the last missed class period. Students are expected to attend at least 75% of all class meetings.  Excessive lateness will result in a grade reduction.  Any student who is not present for at least 75% of the scheduled class sessions in this course will receive a grade of F in the course.  Any University-related activity requiring an absence from class will count as an absence when determining if a student has attended the required 75% of class meeting.  Students are responsible for the effect absences have on all forms of evaluating course performance and all material discussed in class, as well as all outside reading assignments related to this class.  See the ULM web site for a complete explanation of excused absences.


Classroom Etiquette: Idle conversation (e.g., chit chat) during class is not acceptable, so please do not participate in it. The active use of cell phones in class is prohibited at all times unless approved by your instructor during emergency situationsLap top computers are not to be used in class for note taking purposes.  Please do ask questions or make comments about the topic at hand that will benefit the entire class. If there is a need to leave the classroom for health reasons, please do so discretely and with respect for your classmates. Food and beverages are not permitted in the classroom at any time. All students will be supplied with basic disease prevention supplies which they are to bring to every class.  Replacements, if available, may be requested by the student.  Be prepared to move freely in class by wearing comfortable clothing and shoes that allow you to bend, move, and assist with basic life saving techniques.  Be aware that the basic life saving skills portion requires moderately strenuous activity. Students with long hair should have some means of keeping the hair out of their face during skills sessions.  Students unable to sit on the floor to perform the skills will be accommodated and should request such accommodation of the instructor prior to the applicable skills session.  Please be aware that the wearing of facial makeup, while not prohibited, may damage some disease prevention masks.  Your assistance in maintaining the course supplies is greatly appreciated.


Safety Statement: In order to maintain a safe classroom environment and prevent injuries during emergencies, instructors and students have been advised to maintain a clean room and to not block the aisles. Students certified in first aid and/or CPR who are willing to volunteer in times of emergency should indicate so to the instructor as early as possible. However, students trained in advanced life saving techniques (e.g., EMTs, paramedics, etc.) should refrain from providing instruction not covered by the instructor as it can create potentially confusing or dangerous situations for students performing basic first aider duties after the class is completed.  In case of a fire emergency, remain calm and follow the evacuation route posted in the classroom. Evacuation should occur in the following order: blind but mobile, deaf, temporarily immobilized, and permanently immobilized. Students who are able should volunteer to assist those with temporary or permanent disabilities. Students should regroup at the location indicated by your professor or leave campus in a safe manner if so directed. In case of natural disaster find cover within the classroom and remain close to an interior wall. In all other cases of serious emergency, find the nearest office and dial 1911.


Examinations: Class-related assignments that are not handed in at the prescribed date/time and missed tests will not be allowed to be made up. Exceptions to this policy are limited to: serious family emergencies, personal health matters requiring advanced medical supervision, and university-related approved absences. Written excuses for these approved absences must be turned in two weeks prior to the expected absence or by the next class period in the case of an immediate emergency. All make-up tests and work will be conducted at a time designated by the instructor and students requesting such a make-up exam should submit a request form which is located on the class web site.


Dishonesty: All assignments and exams must be the work of the individual student unless otherwise indicated by the professor. Cheating, including: (a) copying or obtaining information from another student's test paper, (b) using materials not authorized by the instructor during a test, (c) collaborating, conspiring, or cooperating during a test or on any written assignment not otherwise authorized by the instructor, (d) stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an un-administered test, (e) selling or giving away all or part of an un-administered test or assignment, (f) substituting for another student on any class project or during a test, (g) submitting as one's own any theme, report, term paper, essay, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, musical composition, or other art work prepared totally or in part by another person, (h) any other devious means of securing an unearned grade in a non-credit course or in a course offered for credit. A student looking onto another student's paper is considered cheating, as is possession of a condensation of material constituting a "cheat sheet." All previously mentioned offenses will result in an "F" on the assignment and possibly for the course. See the appropriate section relating to Academic Misconduct in the university catalog for more information.