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PEC 127 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Course Department: Business
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2023

2 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course will provide a knowledge and understanding of the prevention and care of athletic injuries and medical safety problems relating to physical activity. This is one of four courses that meets the requirements for the coaching authorization issued by the Iowa Department of Education.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face and online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. List the key members of a sports medicine team.
  2. Identify the basic human anatomy.
  3. Describe the components of an emergency action plan.
  4. List the types of injuries involved in sports.
  5. Identify the types of athletic taping and equipment. 

Topic/Unit Objectives:

  Topic 1: The Health Care System 

  • Define the term Sports Medicine, according to the American Academy of Sports Medicine.
  • Describe a well-designed athletic training facility.
  • Explain the importance of the pre-participation physical exam and identify its component parts.
  • Understand the concepts of liability, negligence, assumption of risk, and torts, including nonfeasance, malfeasance, and misfeasance.
  • Explain the importance of proper warm-up and cool-down.
  • Understand the difference between ballistic, static, and PNF stretching techniques.
  • Understand the three major roles of nutrients.
  • Describe the different types of protective equipment. 

  Topic 2: Emergency Situations 

  • Establish an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Explain Price and its importance during initial injury management.
  • Develop an Emergency Action Plan for severe weather conditions.
  • Understand what blood borne pathogens are and how they can infect coaches and athletes.
  • Describe signs and symptoms of a wound infections.
  • Identify universal precautions as mandated by OSHA.
  • Understand the function of different taping techniques per body part.

  Topic 3: Injury Rehabilitation and Injury Psychology

  • Describe the basic components of a rehabilitation program.
  • Identify the individual short-term and long-term goals of a rehabilitation program.
  • Explain how the coach can assist with the management of the psychological issues specific to the injured athlete.
  • Differentiate between acute and chronic injury.
  • Understanding care and prevention for the foot, ankle and lower leg.

  Topic 4: The Knee, Thigh and Hip 

  • Understanding care and prevention for the knee, thigh, groin, and hip region.
  • Understanding care and prevention for the shoulder.
  • Understanding care and prevention for the elbow, hand and wrist.

  Topic 5: The Spine, Thorax and Abdomen 

  • Understanding care and prevention for the spine, thorax and abdomen.
  • Understanding care and prevention for the head.
  • Understand the prevalence of injury with youth and develop a plan to help youth avoid injury.

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