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FSS 238 - Introduction to Sports Injury Management

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to principles and techniques of preventing, recognizing, treating, and rehabilitating sports related injuries. Includes overview of sports injury management, recognition of common sports injuries, taping/wrapping techniques, principles of rehabilitation, and event preparation and risk management.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the anatomical structures, etiology, and pathology associated with recognizing common sports related injuries/illness.
  2. Explain and demonstrate the sports injury assessment procedure and the components of an emergency action plan.
  3. Perform an initial sports concussion assessment using the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SAC).
  4. Perform wrapping/taping techniques utilized in sports injury management.
  5. Explain the three phases of soft tissue healing and the use of the appropriate therapeutic modalities and exercises during each phase.

  1. Overview of Sports Injury Management
    1. Athletic training/National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)/anatomical terminology
    2. Classification of sports injuries
    3. Therapeutic modalities
    4. Legal liability concepts
    5. Nutrition/ergogenic aids
    6. Emergency action planning/injury assessment procedures
    7. Mechanisms of sports injuries/variable factors influencing sports injuries
  2. Recognition of Common Sports Injuries
    1. Heat illness
    2. Lower/upper extremity injuries
    3. Abdominal/thorax/lower back injuries
    4. Head/cervical injuries

1.  Performing a concussion exam

2.  Legal requirements for coaches regarding concussion exams

3.  Basic immobilization techniques

  1. Orthopedic exam
  2. Taping/Wrapping Techniques
    1. Ankle wrap
    2. Ankle taping (prevent inversion sprain)
    3. Ankle pressure wrap
    4. Shin compression wrap
    5. Hip and shoulder spica wrap
    6. Wrist/finger taping
    7. Selecting taping/wrapping supplies



  1. Principles of Rehabilitation
    1. Functional rehabilitation exercises
    2. Sport specific rehabilitation exercises
  2. Event Preparation and Risk Management
    1. Gathering essential first aid supplies
    2. Organizing essential contact information
    3. Playing surface examination and reporting responsibilities