Athletic Injury Assessment and Management

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
SPSC 3276
Athletic Injury Assessment and Management
Sport Science
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours lecture/classroom 2 hours lab/practical
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities


Discussion groups

Practical application

Self-study via print or online materials

Reading assignments

Online discussion groups

Instructor tutoring

Course Description
This course will cover advanced principles and concepts associated with the prevention, recognition and management of common athletic injuries. Students will be asked to demonstrate basic prophylactic and support taping, basic injury assessment techniques including soft tissue stress testing, and make recommendations for appropriate referral and sport re-entry.
Course Content

The student will learn to:


  1. Role / Profession of Athletic Injury Management

1.1.     Describe the role of the athletic trainer and allied health professionals involved in the care and prevention of sports injuries

1.2.     Describe the components of athletic training programs


  1. Physiology of Trauma

2.1.     Describe the physiology of Shock and Inflammation and recognize signs and symptoms

2.1.1.  Discuss Tissue Repair

2.1.2.  Discuss Tissue Remodeling


  1. Injury Prevention

3.1.     Describe the principles of prevention of athletic injuries

3.2.     Describe and demonstrate emergency sports first aid preparation and procedures:

3.2.1.  Recognize Life Threatening and Emergency Situations

3.2.2.  Identify Common Acute and Chronic Injuries including:  structural locations  mechanisms  functional implications  classification  recognition

3.2.3.  Perform facility and equipment checks

3.2.4.  Create an Emergency Action Plan

3.3.     Describe the application of principles of fitness and training to sport injury prevention

3.3.1.  muscular strength and endurance

3.3.2.  flexibility

3.3.3.  cardiovascular fitness

3.3.4.  warm up and cool down

3.3.5.  overtraining

3.4.     Recognize Injury Patterns


  1. Etiology of Injury

4.1.     Describe etiology and pathology of common sports injuries

4.2.     Recognize role of biomechanics

4.2.1.  assessment

4.2.2.  recommendations

4.3.     Understand basic physiological forces and loads and apply basic physical principles


  1. Management of injury where applicable for: ankle, foot and lower leg, knee, hip and thigh, lower back and spine, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist, hand, head trauma, skin disorders, environmental injury:

5.1.     Describe and demonstrate initial management principles

5.1.1.  Describe and conduct methodical injury evaluation

5.1.2.  Locate functional anatomy

5.1.3.  Perform an assessment of joint stability and Range of Motion

5.2.     Describe and demonstrate the application of standard sports aid including:

5.2.1.  RICES principle

5.2.2.  Care of Overuse and Chronic Injury

5.2.3.  Recommend appropriate mode of referral


5.3.     Describe the role of therapeutic modalities

5.3.1.  Cryotherapy

5.3.2.  Thermotherapy

5.3.3.  Manual therapy

5.4.     Describe appropriate criteria for re-entry to sport

5.4.1.  Plan for re-conditioning exercises

5.4.2.  Describe and demonstrate the use of basic sports aid supplies including padding, tensoring, wrapping and adhesive protection

5.4.3.  Describe and demonstrate the use of Prophylactic Taping  Recognize biomechanical factors  Understand and demonstrate procedures  Understand and demonstrate techniques

5.5.     Describe the application of sport performance principles to the management of sports injuries

5.5.1.  Describe technical training techniques

5.5.2.  Describe mental training techniques

5.5.3.  Describe the role of nutrition and drug ingestion within sports injuries




Core Competencies:

a.  Oral, written and interpersonal communication

  • Prepare emergency response plans
  • Prepare written injury plans

b.  Computational and Information Technology

  • Use appropriate anatomical software
  • Communicate with instructor and classmates using course website

c.  Critical  and Creative Thinking

  • Synthesize literature with respect to assigned topics

d.  Teamwork

  • Work on project research with others
  • Role play for injury scenarios and practical applications


Academic Signature:

a.  Applied Skills (field, laboratory practicum)

  • Demonstrate practical body assessment skills
  • Design and demonstrate prophylactic care

b.  Ethical behaviour and social responsibility

  • Demonstrate appropriate patient care

c.  Intercultural, International and Global Perspective

  • Plan for cultural diversity with the practical sessions
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge with respect to the field of athletic injury management.
  2. Demonstrate the principles associated with the prevention of athletic injuries.
  3. Describe and show structural and functional factors associated with common sports injuries.
  4. Demonstrate assessment and management of athletic injuries.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of athletic re-entry principles to allow participant back into the sport following injury, including prophylactic taping and appropriate re-conditioning design.
Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:


1.    Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.

2.    A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.

3.    Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.

4.    Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation.


The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course


Practical Application Projects (3)                     30%

Midterm Exam                                             20%

Final Exam                                                  25%

Practical Exam                                             15%

Preparation & participation                            10%

Total                                                         100%

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:


Anderson, M.K., et al. (2004) Foundations of Athletic Training 3rd Edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, USA


Certifications/Conference requirements:


As part of the course, instructors and students may engage in extra-curricular certification processes that overlap with the curriculum of the class. Fees for professional certification, where applicable, will be borne by the student. Potential certifications relating to this course include:


    1. Sport Medicine Council of B.C. Sports First Aid Certification $25
    2. First Aid / CPR training - $50

Completion of  BIOL 1109 and BIOL 1209 (or permission of the instructor).