Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Master of Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Master of Athletic Training Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Athletic Training degree (MAT) is a 51 semester-hour program; an optional three semester-hour internship is also available. 

The required courses in the program are: 
Professional Education: 26 SH
ATTR 501
Foundations of Athletic Training Practice
3
ATTR 511/ESS 411
Topics in Athletic Training
1
ATTR 515 
Administration of Athletic Training Services
3
ATTR 530/ESS 330
Therapeutic Modalities
3
ATTR 535/ESS 335
Therapeutic Exercise
3
ATTR 541/ESS 240
Ethics and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport
3
ATTR 546/ESS 246
Medical Considerations for the Physically Active
3
ATTR 547/ESS 247 
Pharmacology in Athletic Training
1
ATTR 551/ESS 251 
Musculoskeletal Evaluation: Upper Extremity
3
ATTR 553/ESS 253
Musculoskeletal Evaluation: Lower Extremity
3
 
Clinical & Field Experience: 16 SH
ATTR 570
Field Experience
1
ATTR 571
Clinical Module I
3
ATTR 572
Clinical Module II
3
ATTR 573
Clinical Module III
3
ATTR 574
Clinical Module IV
3
ATTR 575
Clinical Module V
3
 
Research, Assessment & Teaching: 9 SH
ATTR 540
Research Methods in Human Performance
3
ATTR 543
Teaching and Research Practicum
3
STAT 520
Statistical Methods
3

The prescribed sequence of courses in the program is:

Summer 1AT

ATTR 501 – Foundations of Athletic Training Practice (3)
ATTR 570 – Field Experience (1)


Year I

Fall

January

Spring

ATTR 541 – Ethics and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport (3)

ATTR 530 – Therapeutic Modalities (3)

ATTR 551 – Musculoskeletal Assessment: Upper Extremity (3)

 

ATTR 553 – Musculoskeletal Assessment: Lower Extremity (3)

ATTR 535 – Therapeutic Exercise (3)

 

ATTR 572 – Clinical Module II (3)

ATTR 571 – Clinical Module I (3)
 
ATTR 546 –Medical Considerations for the Physically Active (3)
 
 
 ATTR 547 – Pharmacology for Allied Health (1)

Summer 2AT

ATTR 573 – Clinical Module III (3)
ATTR 515 – Administration of Athletic Training Services (3)


Year II
Fall
January
Spring
ATTR 540 – Research Methods in Human Performance (3)

 

ATTR 543 – Teaching and Research Practicum (3)

STAT 520 – Statistics (3)

 

ATTR 575 – Clinical Module V (3)
ATTR 574 – Clinical Module IV (3)
 

ATTR 579 – Internship in Athletic Training (3) – Optional

 ATTR 511 – Topics in Athletic Training (1)
 
 

*The Manchester University Master of Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Course Descriptions

 

ATTR 501  Foundations of Athletic Training Practice - 3 hours
Introductory course for MAT students. Topics include domains and standards of practice, history of the profession, concepts of injury and illness prevention, injury mechanisms and classifications, and immediate management of illnesses and injuries. Skills learned in this course are practiced and refined in a field experience component.

ATTR 511/ESAT 411  Topics in Athletic Training - 1 hour
Provides an integration of prior coursework and expertise in athletic training, preparation for the BOC Certification Exam, and forum for discussion of athletic training issues of current concern. Graduate students will lead forum discussions and present current research in athletic training.

ATTR 515  Administration of Athletic Training Services - 3 hours
Health care administration topics for the athletic trainer. Topics include liability and risk management issues, athletic training facility design and operation, budgeting, and personnel management. Prerequisite: ATTR 501.

ATTR 530/ESAT 330  Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training - 3 hours
Survey of the therapeutic modalities commonly employed in athletic training and other rehabilitation settings. Theory, indications and contraindications for use, and practical application of ultrasound, electrical stimulation, intermittent compression, and various heating and cooling modalities in the treatment of athletic injuries are addressed. Graduate students will be required to present case studies and to submit a research paper on a designated therapeutic modality.

ATTR 535/ESAT 335  Therapeutic Exercise - 3 hours
Theory and techniques of restoration of muscular flexibility, strength, endurance and functional ability following injury. Topics included are joint mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and other selected rehabilitation strategies and modalities. Graduate students will be required to present rehabilitation case studies and to submit a research paper on a designated rehabilitative technique.

ATTR 540  Research Methods in Human Performance - 3 hours
A survey of research methods appropriate for the human performance discipline. Topics include types of research, data collection methods, experimental design, and analysis. Course includes completion of introduction, review of literature, and methodology for an original research project.

ATTR 541/ESAT 240  Ethics and Psychosocial Aspects of Sport - 3 hours
This course will investigate the impact of psychological and socio-cultural factors on sports structure and participation. Topics such as performance enhancement techniques for both competing and injured athletes, team dynamics and leadership, and socialization in sports will be examined. Ethical implications relating to the fields of sport psychology and sport sociology will be discussed. Graduate students will submit literature review papers on a specific performance enhancement issue and a specific ethical question involving sport as a requirement of the course.

ATTR 543  Teaching and Research Practicum - 3 hours
Directed teaching experience in the university setting, and supervised quantitative or qualitative research in human performance. The course involves designing, preparing, and delivering of educational content in the university classroom or laboratory; and completion of the research project started in ATTR 540. Culminating experiences are teaching a unit to undergraduate athletic training students, and public presentation of research. Prerequisite: ATTR 540.

ATTR 546/ESAT 246  Medical Considerations for the Physically Active - 3 hours
A survey of non-orthopedic conditions and other factors which affect participation in physical activity. Topics included are diabetes, seizure disorders, the effects of various pharmacological agents, and the evaluation of systemic illness by athletic trainers. A case presentation and research paper on a non-orthopedic condition are required of graduate students enrolled in the course.

ATTR 547/ESAT 247  Pharmacology for Allied Health - 1 hour
This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of pharmacology emphasizing drug law, routes of administration, basic pharmacokinetics, and the specific pharmacology of drugs commonly used in physical medicine. A class presentation and research paper are required of graduate students enrolled in this course.

ATTR 551/ESAT 251  Musculoskeletal Assessment: Upper Extremity - 3 hours
Advanced physical assessment of injury and pathology of the upper extremity, cervical spine, thorax, and abdomen. Proper documentation of clinical findings is also addressed and practiced. This course will be focused on research and writing for graduate students on both exams and assignments. Case presentations are a required component of the course for graduate students.

ATTR 553/ESAT 253  Musculoskeletal Assessment: Lower Extremity - 3 hours
This course focuses on the principles of orthopedic examination and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on the components of the comprehensive orthopedic clinical evaluation and diagnosis including: history, inspection, palpation, functional testing, and special evaluation techniques of the lumbar spine and lower extremity. Case presentations are a required component of the course for graduate students.

ATTR 570  Field Experience - 1 hour
Initial field experience for MAT students. Involves practice and evaluation of skills introduced in ATTR 501 in an athletic setting. Students are directly supervised by an Approved Clinical Instructor in Athletic Training. Prerequisite: ATTR 501.

ATTR 571  Clinical Module I - 3 hours
In this level of clinical experience in athletic training, students have the opportunity to practice and apply designated clinical techniques. Students are under supervision of an approved athletic training clinical instructor (ACI) who will evaluate the students' clinical proficiencies in an athletic training setting. Prerequisite: ATTR 570.

ATTR 572  Clinical Module II - 3 hours
In this level of clinical experience in athletic training, students have the opportunity to practice and apply designated clinical techniques. Students are under supervision of an approved athletic training clinical instructor (ACI) who will evaluate the students' clinical proficiencies in an athletic training setting.Prerequisite: ATTR 571.

ATTR 573  Clinical Module III - 3 hours
In this level of clinical experience in athletic training, students have the opportunity to practice and apply designated clinical techniques. Students are under supervision of an approved athletic training clinical instructor (ACI) who will evaluate the students' clinical proficiencies in an athletic training setting.Prerequisite: ATTR 572.

ATTR 574  Clinical Module IV - 3 hours
In this level of clinical experience in athletic training, students have the opportunity to practice and apply designated clinical techniques. Students are under supervision of an approved athletic training clinical instructor (ACI) who will evaluate the students' clinical proficiencies in an athletic training setting. Prerequisite: ATTR 573.

ATTR 575  Clinical Module V - 3 hours
In this level of clinical experience in athletic training, students have the opportunity to practice and apply designated clinical techniques. Students are under supervision of an approved athletic training clinical instructor (ACI) who will evaluate the students' clinical proficiencies in an athletic training setting. Prerequisites: ATTR 574.

ATTR 579  Internship in Athletic Training - 3 hours
Off-campus, elective internship for graduate athletic training students in the final semester of the program. The internship is an opportunity to gain experience in an athletic training setting of interest to the student, such as industry, professional sports teams, private clinics, or high schools. Prerequisites: Approval of Program Director.

STAT 520  Statistical Methods - 3 hours
Topics include measures of central tendency and variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis; simple and multiple regression; ANOVA (including repeated measures and factorial analysis); and non-parametric techniques. Students will apply statistical techniques appropriate to their discipline. Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis.