Sports Medicine Curriculum

Textbooks

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS-Sports Medicine program will:

  1. Develop evidence informed treatment plans for athletes and active populations.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate care of injuries for athletes and active populations.
  3. Develop evidence informed performance enhancement plans for athletes and active populations.
  4. Utilize emergency, urgent, and first aid procedures for athletes and active populations.
  5. Apply supplemental strategies based upon clinical needs of athletes and active populations.
  6. Communicate knowledge of the evidence-based guidelines for working with special population in exercise and sport.
  7. Apply ethical and professional practices in sports care.

Curriculum

The sports medicine program is a seven-quarter graduate professional master’s degree program designed to provide students with advanced training in the prevention, evaluation and management of injuries and disorders affecting athletes and others participating in sports activities. As a professional master’s degree, it is targeted at students with prior training in the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. This audience includes chiropractic program students, chiropractic physicians, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other health care providers.

Curriculum Sequence

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Course Descriptions

The numbers in parentheses following each course description are the number of hours that each class meets per week during a typical 11-week quarter (lecture hours + lab hours). Because many of the practical lab experiences (practicums) include sports competitions and other sporting events, actual clock hours may be greater than listed.

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Core Courses

MSE6311 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. (3+2)

MSE6550 Sport Psychology (4 credits)

This course focuses on the necessary link between science and sport, encouraging each student to begin to build the bridge from concept to integrated application in real world settings. Students synthesize and apply evidence-based practices in sport psychology to enhance performance, health, and satisfaction. Best practices research in both sport psychology and clinical mental health counseling inform student’s course work. Motivational Interviewing theory and techniques are covered. (4+0)

MSE7131 Special Populations (1 credit)

This seminar program focuses on the evaluation and management of the needs of athletes with special considerations such as disabled and female athletes and those with chronic disorders like asthma and diabetes. Included in this course is the matching of physical activities with the physical abilities and corrective needs of these athletes. (1+0)

MSE7151 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. (2+2) 

MSE7211 Advanced Sports Medicine I (lower region) (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. (4+2)

MSE7311 Professional Practice Topics (1 credit)

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. (1+0)

MSE7321 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. (3+0)

MSE8111 Advanced Sports Medicine II (upper region) (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. (4+2)

MSE8211 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. (3+2)

MSE8312 Advanced Sports Medicine III (Rehabilitation/Active Care) (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. (2+2)

MSE7332 Practicum I

MSE8122 Practicum II

MSE8222 Practicum III

MSE8322 Practicum IV (1 credit each; 4 credits total)

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. (0+3)

MSE8332 Capstone/Project (1 credit)

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. (1+0)

Elective

BSH8155 Biostatistics – Elective (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. (3+0)