Sports Medicine Curriculum

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS-Sports Medicine program will:

  1. Identify, assess and differentiate anatomical structures and physiological concepts relevant to sports injuries and performance optimization situations.
  2. Identify and implement strategies for performance enhancement based on the needs of the athlete.
  3. Select, interpret and evaluate results from the history and examination procedures used to establish diagnoses and management plans for athletes.
  4. Select, sequence, analyze and demonstrate management protocols and treatment modalities that are evidence-informed.
  5. Define, describe and conduct nutritional assessments and/or produce and implement nutritional support strategies based upon clinical needs.
  6. Select and apply bracing and taping modalities according to the clinical needs of the athlete.
  7. Perform and interpret the results of emergency assessment and management procedures.
  8. Effectively evaluate and manage special patient populations acknowledging any necessary alterations needed for treatment purposes.
  9. Describe, debate, demonstrate, and examine ethics and professionalism in the sports injury practice.
  10. Understand and demonstrate the ability to communicate with necessary stakeholders (team management, public, media, family, athlete representative, other health care providers, etc.) regarding athlete status.

Quarter 1

MSE 6311 - Exercise Physiology 4 credits

This course focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise experienced by the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and thermoregulatory systems of the body. Data measurement and collection takes place in the laboratory component of this course regarding oxygen uptake, body composition, respiration, etc.

Hours: 3 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 6327 - Neuro-Orthopedic Assessment of the Spine 1 credits

This course introduces the diagnostic and therapeutic skills necessary for the management of lesions, defects, or disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. The skills of examination and management of mechanical, congenital, or traumatic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders affecting the spine and its adjacent soft tissue are emphasized.

Hours: 0 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 6332 - Extremity Biomechanics 2 credits

This course is devoted to the study of functional anatomy, kinematics and biomechanics of the upper and lower extremities. Topics include joint structure, principles of joint movement, gait, and a joint-by-joint evaluation.

Hours: 2 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 6333 - Extremity Muscle Testing 1 credits

This course is devoted to the study of functional anatomy and kinematics of the extremities. Laboratory sessions instruct the student in the examination of the extremities with special emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal evaluation and measurement.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic

MSE 7131 - Special Populations 1 credits

This course will introduce students to various special populations of athletes and the various competitions that are available to athletes within these special populations. We will cover some of the common conditions and challenges in managing patient care for athletes within these populations.

Hours: 1 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

Quarter 2

MSE 6550 - Sport Psychology 4 credits

This course involves the application and synthesis of the best evidence-based practices in sport psychology that have been shown to result in optimal performance, health, and satisfaction. Students will be introduced to the most effective science based theories, research, and best practices in sport psychology. The course experience will focus on the necessary link between science and sport, encouraging each student to build the bridge from concept to integrated application in real world settings.

Hours: 4 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 7128 - Lower Extremity Diagnosis and Management 3 credits

This course is devoted to the diagnosis and management of common upper extremity conditions, which may be mechanical, congenital, degenerative, or traumatic in nature.

Hours: 3 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 7129 - Lower Extremity Orthopedic Assessment 1 credits

This course is devoted to the development of the skills of examination, diagnosis, and management of upper extremity conditions, which may be mechanical, congenital, degenerative, or traumatic in nature.

Hours: 0 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSE 7151 - Emergency Management 3 credits

This course prepares the student to handle emergency situations that arise with athletes during exercise or sporting events, such as cessation of breathing or circulation, shock, concussion, and spinal injuries. Students will learn to assess critical injuries and illnesses, follow procedures for providing care, and implement guidelines that affect decisions for allowing athletes to continue with activity. Students will also be informed of practical information regarding the benefits of sport- specific protective gear and how to properly fit equipment to sports participants including age-appropriate gear and the ergonomic theory behind such equipment. In addition to selection and fit, students will focus on the emergency removal of general protective and sport-specific protective athletic equipment.

Hours: 2 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

Quarter 3

CHR 6341 - Spinal Rehabilitation 1.5 credits

This course is devoted to the evaluation and treatment of spinal soft tissue structures/injuries. Topics include lumbar stabilization protocols, pain centralization protocols (based on McKenzie), muscle energy techniques, joint mobilization, distraction/decompression protocols (based on Cox), key movement patterns and sensory motor training.

Hours: 0 lecture - 3 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSE 7211 - Advanced Sports Medicine I 5 credits

This course focuses on the evaluation and management, including acute care, rehabilitation, and prevention, of injuries and disorders of the pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot.

Hours: 4 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 7230 - Upper Extremity Diagnosis and Management 3 credits

This course is devoted to the diagnosis and management of common upper extremity conditions, which may be mechanical, congenital, degenerative, or traumatic in nature.

Hours: 3 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

CHR 7231 - Upper Extremity Orthopedic Assessment 1 credits

This course is devoted to the development of the skills of examination, diagnosis, and management of upper extremity conditions, which may be mechanical, congenital, degenerative, or traumatic in nature.

Hours: 0 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

Quarter 4

MSE 7332 - Practicum I 1 credits

This is a series of four field-based practicums in which students participate in the evaluation and management of athletes. The required practicum hours are achieved through a variety of clinical experiences in physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, and sports performance laboratories as well as through participation in sporting events.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 3 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSE 8111 - Advanced Sports Medicine II 5 credits

This course focuses on the evaluation and management, including acute care, rehabilitation, and prevention, of injuries and disorders of the cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.

Hours: 4 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

Quarter 5

MSE 7311 - Professional Practice Topics 1 credits

In this course students explore issues regarding ethics and jurisprudence associated with working with athletes, as well as how to communicate with other members of the athlete’s “team” of stakeholders. Students learn how to establish a sports injuries and rehabilitation practice.

Hours: 1 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSE 8122 - Practicum II 1 credits

This is a series of four field-based practicums in which students participate in the evaluation and management of athletes. The required practicum hours are achieved through a variety of clinical experiences in physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, and sports performance laboratories as well as through participation in sporting events.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 3 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSE 8312 - Advanced Sports Medicine III 3 credits

This course provides the knowledge of evidence-based chiropractic care and rehabilitation. This class will focus on the role of rehabilitation and exercise on patient care and management. It will include a brief overview of muscle functions during movements, faulty/normal patterns of movements, functional exams, patient presentations, learning the clinical audit process, rehabilitation protocols, and reading research articles. Students will gain a detailed understanding of practical applications of various rehabilitation techniques and exercises used in daily practice.

Hours: 2 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

Quarter 6

CHR 6326 - Spinal Disorders: Diagnosis and Management 6 credits

This course introduces the diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge necessary for the management of lesions, defects, or disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Discussion of mechanical, congenital, or traumatic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders affecting the spine and its adjacent soft tissue are emphasized.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic

BSH 8155 - Biostatistics 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of epidemiology and their application to sports science. This course addresses the role of epidemiology in investigating sports injuries and other factors in sports performance. The course also stresses clinical research design methods utilized in sports science research as well as general clinical research designs such as clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and other pragmatic designs. This course will also have an emphasis on the analysis and application of the current scientific literature as it relates to sports medicine and sports performance.

Hours: 3 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSE 8211 - Sports Performance Enhancement 4 credits

This course focuses on assessing the needs of the athletes who want to improve performance in strength, flexibility, speed, agility, etc., and the creation, implementation and monitoring of plans for achieving those goals.

Hours: 3 lecture - 2 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSE 8222 - Practicum III 1 credits

This is a series of four field-based practicums in which students participate in the evaluation and management of athletes. The required practicum hours are achieved through a variety of clinical experiences in physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, and sports performance laboratories as well as through participation in sporting events.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 3 clinic
Grading: P/F

Quarter 7

MSE 7321 - Sports Nutrition 3 credits

This course focuses on the dietary needs for physical activity and peak performance with a focus on nutritional assessment, metabolism, and use of supplements and botanicals in the management of sports injuries. In addition, intentional and non- intentional abuses of supplements and related compounds, and food/supplement interaction with regard to drug tests commonly mandated in the athletic competitions are discussed.

Hours: 3 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSE 8322 - Practicum IV 1 credits

This is a series of four field-based practicums in which students participate in the evaluation and management of athletes. The required practicum hours are achieved through a variety of clinical experiences in physician offices, rehabilitation clinics, and sports performance laboratories as well as through participation in sporting events.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 3 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSE 8332 - Capstone Project 1 credits

This course requires the student to collaborate with up to two other students in their cohort to produce an original research design suitable for submission to a Human Subjects Review Board (IRB) that demonstrates their mastery of a specified subject that they might endeavor to explore in a scholarly way. Students are not required to submit or complete the research protocol they design, rather this exercise prepare all the necessary information and documentation that would be necessary if they actually intended to do the project. In that context, the project requires the student to select an area of study, review and critique the available literature on the subject and to design, on paper, a scientific investigation that would elucidate some previously unknown facet of the topic area. Optimally, the chosen subject will call upon the student to analyze and reflect on their experiences in the program in a scholarly way, including the student’s academic achievement, practical experiences, and personal growth throughout the master’s program.

Hours: 1 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F