PHED 2356
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Western Texas College
Department of Physical Education

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description - Areas of study for this course include: A composite overview to basic athletic training procedures with specific focus on the identification of injuries related to physical activity; therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventative techniques will be utilized as treatment options. Students will be introduced to the professional development and responsibilities that the licensed athletic trainer holds. Practical lab experience and lecture will be the format of this course.
    2. Prerequisites - none
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. The student will evaluate athletic injuries effectively, and be able to do so at a minimum of 80 percent accuracy.
    2. The student will analyze specific athletic injuries, and compose a research paper about these injuries with a minimum 70 percent mastery.
    3. The student will describe ways for athletes to properly train in order to avoid injuries.
  3. Major Course Requirements and Grading Standards
    1. Attendance is a key component to grading; unexcused absences in excess of two missed class sessions will result in a deduction of one class grade per absence beginning with the third unexcused absence
    2. Labs: There will be multiple labs spaced throughout the semester, including taping, evaluation, and rehabilitation of specific athletic injuries.
    3. Exams: Four major exams will be spaced throughout the semester. Exam questions may include any combination of the following: true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    4. Research Paper: A research paper will be completed over a group of specific injuries and will deal with the prevention, assessment, and treatment of those injuries.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Material
    1. Arnheim’s Principles of Athletic Training (Prentice). ISBN-10: 0-07-297108-8, McGraw Hill Publishers.
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  1. Course Organization and Tentative Schedule*
    *This schedule is subject to change.


Week 1 Course introduction/The Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Team
Legal Concerns and Insurance Issues
Week 2 Training and Conditioning Techniques
Environmental Considerations
Week 3 Protective Gear and Sports Equipment
LAB #1
Week 4 Taping and Bandaging
Mechanisms and Characteristics of Sports Trauma
Week 5 Tissue Response to Injury
Psychosocial Intervention
Week 6 On the Field Acute Care and Emergency Procedures
Off the Field Injury Evaluation
Week 7 Test #1
Using Therapuetic Modalities
Week 8 Using Therapuetic Exercise in Rehabilitation
LAB #2
Week 9 Pharmacology in Athletic Training
Test #2
Week 10 The Foot
The Ankle and Lower Leg
Week 11 The Knee
The Thigh, Hip, Groin, and Pelvis
Week 12 Test #3
The Shoulder Complex
Week 13 The Elbow
The Forearm, Wrist, Hand, and Fingers
Week 14 The Spine
Week 15 Review Anatomical Structures
  Final Exam



Last Modified: January 12, 2016