Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries


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Contact Information
Dave Agnes, Instructor
dagnes@tm.edu
(701) 477-7862

Overview
The purpose of this program is to prepare students to manage the well-being and health of student athletes. Students will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of common severe athletic injuries and differentiate them from less severe athletic injuries. This program includes dealing with the history of athletic training, basic anatomy of common injuries, evaluation techniques, preventive measures to reduce the incidences of injuries and a knowledge of basic treatment procedures to be used after injuries occur.

Skills and Knowledge

Athletic trainers typically do the following:

  • Apply protective or injury-preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces
  • Recognize and evaluate injuries
  • Provide first aid or emergency care
  • Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
  • Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. They work under the direction of a licensed physicians and with other healthcare providers, often discussing specific injuries and treatment options or evaluating and treating patients, as directed by a physician. Some athletic trainers meet with a team physician or consulting physician regularly.

Career Opportunities

The median annual wage for athletic trainers was $45,630 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $69,140.

Most athletic trainers work full time. Athletic trainers who work with teams during sporting events may work evenings or weekends and travel often.

Required Courses

BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function (4)
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
FITT 101H Fundamentals of Coaching (1)
FITT 106 Kinesiology (2nd – week session) (4)
FITT 230 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
HPER 136 Weight Training (1)
HPER 210 First Aid/CPR (2)

Total Required Credits – 18