Offered Courses

Course Name
Code
Credits

Basic Athletic Training

AHS1070
3

An investigation into the prevention, subsequent treatment and management of common orthopedic injuries. The course includes basic anatomy, use of therapeutic modalities, and principles of athletic conditioning. A practical study of applying athletic tape and wraps is included.


Offered: Every Semester

Foundations of Athletic Training

AHS1310
3

This introductory athletic training course investigates the educational and professional requirements necessary to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Topics of discussion include: evidence based practice in athletic training, the roles and responsibilities of athletic trainers in different work settings, the history and structure of the National Athletic Trainers Association, requirements to sit for the Board of Certification examination, and the Castleton University Athletic Training Program Requirements. Observation of Castleton University athletic trainers is a required component of this course. The course also includes a practical study of the application of athletic taping and wrapping techniques.


Offered: Spring

Current Health Issues

HED2010
3

Exploration of the aspects of life that have a great impact on your health, in order to develop the decision making skills needed to make intelligent, informed health care choices throughout life. Examines the concept of health and the role and responsibility of individuals for their health. Emphasizes wellness and health promotion and their relationship to the quality of life.


Offered: Every semester

Wellness for Life

AHS2120
3

This course examines the multiple dimensions of health and wellness. Students will learn about the various factors affecting each dimension (including physical, nutritional, emotional, social, occupational /financial) and understand how dimensions are interrelated. An emphasis is placed on the individual behaviors that influence health, physical fitness, and wellness. Students will participate in completing research and self-assessments that provide information about their health and wellness behavior. In addition, students will learn goal-setting and decision strategies that improve lifetime health and wellness. Student participation in classroom-based experiences using light to moderate levels of physical activity are required.


Offered: Every semester

Designs for Fitness

AHS2150
3

This course investigates the basic components of fitness. Topics include: fitness assessment testing, individualized exercise prescriptions, team conditioning programs, risk factor analysis and chronic disease prevention, behavior modification, nutrition and weight control, body composition analysis, hydration and heat illness prevention, physiological effects of training and overtraining.


Offered: Every semester

Anatomical Aspects of Sports Medicine

AHS2160
3

This course will investigate the structure and function of the gross anatomy involved in athletic injuries and sports medicine. Topics include: joint structure and biomechanics, tissues, articulations, supportive and connective tissue arrangement, skeletal and neurological systems.


Offered: Spring

Introduction to Myofascial Release

AHS2161
3

This course is an introduction to the body's complex and fascinating fascia system, and the massage techniques that bring about the release of fascial restrictions. The student will learn to provide massages with advanced methods of relieving chronic tension and pain, and restoring full motion in the body.


Offered: Every semester

Strength Training Principles

AHS2170
2

Strength Training Principles is a course designed to develop the student’s knowledge in the techniques and theories of strength training. Focus will be on proper lifting technique and safety. Secondary attention will be devoted to designing strength-training programs. This is an activity class and participation is mandatory.


Offered: Every semester

Drug and Alcohol Curriculum

HED2330
2

This course will examine the issues of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, specifically the physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of substance use and abuse on the individual, family, and society. The course will also consider legal issues, and curriculum and teaching strategies for effective substance abuse prevention.


Offered: Spring, odd years

Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise

AHS2340
2

This course investigates the planning and implementation of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for injuries/illnesses sustained by the competitive athlete. Topics include determination of therapeutic goals and objectives, methods of recording rehabilitation progress and the theory and principles associated with the use of specific therapeutic exercise techniques. Strategies for injury prevention and corrective movement will also be explored. This course follows a lecture/lab format combining the theoretical with hands on experience.


Offered: Spring

Sexual Health Curriculum

HED2350
2

This course will examine the issues of family health and comprehensive sexuality education in public schools, specifically the issues of human growth and development, families, relationships, reproductive health, abstinence, premature sexual activity, contraceptives, adolescent pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, abortion, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. This course will also consider legal issues, and curriculum and teaching strategies for effective comprehensive sexuality education.


Offered: Spring, odd years.

Foundations of Orthopedic Assessment

AHS2420
3

This introductory orthopedic assessment course investigates the anatomy, injury mechanism, evaluation and management of common orthopedic injuries to the lower and upper extremities. The student will learn the cognitive and psychomotor process involved in both on field and clinical evaluations of sport related injuries.


Offered: Every semester

Internship in Health Science

AHS2810
1-3

See Internships. Signed contract is required at time of registration.


Offered: Every semester

Athletic Training Clinical I

AHS2821
2

This course enables the student to work one-on-one with a preceptor in order to demonstrate proficiency in various athletic training skills. These skills have been learned and practiced in prior coursework. When demonstrating a clinical proficiency, the student must analyze a problem, consider the facts at hand, and make decisions about the appropriate course of action. In this clinical course the student will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency in lower extremity evaluations and emergency care of the injured athlete. In addition, the student will complete a field experience assignment and participate in an on-line journal forum to meet the requirements of this course.


Offered: Spring

Introduction to Alternative/Complementary Medicine

AHS3090
3

The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to the theory and practice of the most widely used complementary and alternative therapies. Such as, but not limited to: “alternative” medical systems, mind/body treatment approaches, bodywork, and dietary supplements. This course will focus on informing the participants and future practitioners [which may include all appropriate majors] about these systems, treatment approaches/therapies, and supplementation methods, thus empowering participants to include these options, where appropriate, into the decision making process related to attaining and maintaining high level wellness for themselves and their future clients.


Offered: Periodically

Kinesiology

AHS3120
3

This course is designed to present information concerning the study of human movement. The primary emphasis is on the investigation of the mechanics of movement in order to provide the student with an ability to analyze and correct physical skills and movement patterns. In addition, laboratory sessions are designed to enhance the understanding of the topics covered in lecture.


Offered: Every semester

Administration of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Programs

AHS3140
3

This course investigates the planning, coordination and supervision of all administrative components of an athletic training and sports medicine program. Topics to be considered include basic legal concepts in sports medicine, medical/allied health care personnel and referral procedures, safety standards and policies, basic record and forms pertaining to the management of athletic injuries, computer application in sports medicine, drug testing and screening, budget preparation and financial management, athletic training room management, personnel management, ethical and public relations.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Physiology of Exercise

AHS3150
4

An examination of the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise. Muscle, renal, endocrine and environmental physiology, energy metabolism, and cardiovascular function in response to exercise training will be emphasized and applied to laboratory activities.


Offered: Every semester

Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions

AHS3210
3

This introductory therapeutic interventions course investigates thermal modalities (ice and heat) and comprehensive rehabilitation techniques as it relates to common orthopedic injuries. This course follows a lecture/lab format combining the theoretical with hands-on experience. A study of inflammation and tissue healing is included.


Offered: Every semester

Therapeutic Interventions II

AHS3510
3

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence that studies therapeutic interventions as it relates to orthopedic injuries. This course follows a lecture/lab format combining the theoretical with hands on experience. This course continues the discussion of therapeutic interventions (modalities and rehabilitation) and includes specific scenario based comprehensive applications. Also included is a study of surgical techniques and the therapeutic interventions used following surgery.


Offered: Fall

Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Head, Neck, and Trunk

AHS3811
2

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the evaluation and management of injuries to the head, neck, and trunk. The student will demonstrate proficiency in various cognitive and psychomotor skills that an entry-level athletic trainer must possess in order to evaluate injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity and to determine proper care, referring the client to other health care providers when appropriate.


Offered: Spring

Pharmacology and General Medical Conditions

AHS3813
2

This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level athletic trainer must possess in pharmacologic applications relevant to the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity. In addition, the student will learn to recognize, treat, and refer, when appropriate, the general medical conditions and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity.


Offered: Fall

Practicum in Exercise Leadership

AHS3820
3

This service-learning course will allow students to apply acquired knowledge and skills in exercise testing and prescription to lead adults from the community in tailored exercise programs. Clients who have chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes may be referred by local health practitioners. Students will work in the gym directly with clients performing physical fitness tests, implementing exercise plans, and monitoring progress. This course is for future exercise science, allied health professionals, and nurses who would like to gain practical experience working with a population older than university students.

Athletic Training Clinical II

AHS3822
2

This course enables the student to work one-on-one with a Preceptor in order to demonstrate proficiency in various athletic training skills. These skills have been learned and practiced in prior coursework. In this clinical course the student will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency in the comprehensive clinical examination and management of patients with upper extremity injuries. The student will create and implement therapeutic interventions for upper and lower extremity injuries. In addition, the student will attend the annual athletic training preseason camp, complete a field experience assignment, participate in an on-line journal forum, and pass the Level II Program Competency Exam.


Offered: Fall

Athletic Training Clinical III

AHS3823
2

This course enables the student to work one-on-one with a preceptor in order to demonstrate proficiency in various athletic training skills. These skills have been learned and practiced in prior coursework. When demonstrating a clinical proficiency, the student must analyze a problem, consider the facts at hand, and make decisions about the appropriate course of action. In this clinical course the student will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency in therapeutic modalities and psycho-social aspects of physical activity. In addition, the student will complete a field experience assignment and participate in an on-line journal forum to meet the requirements of this course.


Offered: Spring

Pathophysiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology

AHS4152
3

This course concentrates on the pathophysiology of selected diseases and the role of exercise. The diseases covered include cardiac, pulmonary, immune, metabolic, neuromuscular, and renal diseases. This information is important for those students who have an interest in clinical exercise physiology.


Offered: Fall, odd years

Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription

AHS4160
4

This course is designed as a practical study of current fitness testing protocols used in various fitness and clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on preparation, administration, and evaluation of various graded exercise testing protocols. In addition, students will gain experience in the area of exercise prescription for various populations based on the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines.


Offered: Spring

Enhancement of Athletic Performance

AHS4170
3

This course focuses on the use of substances, programming, and recovery techniques that are used to improve athletic performance and adaptation to exercise. Focus will be given to both legal and illegal drugs, legal substances that are prohibited by organizations such as NCAA and WADA, and those substances that are both legal and allowed by the various athletic governing bodies.


Offered: Periodically

Scientific Foundations of Strength and Conditioning I

AHS4220
3

This is the first part of a two course sequence. The content of the fall semester course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive review of muscle and cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry, and endocrinology related to the principles of strength training and conditioning. This course will also assist those students who desire to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) exam.


Offered: Fall

Scientific Foundations of Strength and Conditioning II

AHS4221
3

This is a continuation of AHS 4220. Emphasis will be placed on sport analysis, program design, and facility management. The final weeks of this course will be spent reviewing and preparing students to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) exam.


Offered: Spring

Clinical Electrocardiography

AHS4250
3

The objective of this course is for students to learn cardiac function and electrophysiology. Focus will be given to interpretation of electrocardiography (ECG) testing data for the purpose of identifying normal function and pathological conditions.


Offered: Fall

Nutrient Metabolism and Athletic Performance

AHS4260
3

The course focuses on the mechanisms of energy production and expenditure involved in cellular metabolism with a special emphasis on carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. Relationships between optimal nutrition and sports and exercise, thermoregulation and fluid balance, and ergogenic aids on physical performance will be covered.


Offered: Spring

Senior Seminar in Athletic Training

AHS4620
2

This final culminating course will prepare senior students in the athletic training education program for the BOC examination. Resume writing, public speaking and other professional preparation activities will be included.


Offered: Fall

Athletic Training Clinical IV

AHS4824
2

This course enables the student to work one-on-one with a Preceptor in order to demonstrate proficiency in various athletic training clinical integration skills. These skills have been learned and practiced in prior coursework. In this clinical course the student will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency in design, implementation, evaluation, and modification of exercise and wellness programs. Proficiency in the evaluation and management of injuries to the head, neck and trunk will be assessed. In addition, the student will attend the annual athletic training preseason camp, complete a field experience exercise assignment and participate in an on-line journal forum.


Offered: Fall

Athletic Training Clinical V

AHS4825
2

This course enables the student to work one-on-one with a preceptor in order to demonstrate proficiency in various athletic training skills. These skills have been learned and practiced in prior coursework. When demonstrating a clinical proficiency, the student must analyze a problem, consider the facts at hand, and make decisions about the appropriate course of action. In this clinical course the student will be responsible for demonstrating proficiency in the use of standard protective equipment to prevent or minimize athletic injuries, evaluation and management of environmental illnesses, and recognition and treatment of common general medical conditions. During this clinical, the student will demonstrate proper utilization of patient files. In addition, the student will complete a field experience assignment and participate in an on-line journal discussion board to meet the requirements of this course.


Offered: Spring

Internship In Exercise Science

AHS4830
1-12

See section on internships. Signed contract is required at time of registration.

Independent Study

AHS4910
1-3

Available by arrangement with a faculty member. A written proposal must be approved by the instructor and the department chair prior to registration.

Senior Research In Exercise Science

AHS4912
3

This course is designed to complete the research process initiated in PED 4910 - Senior Thesis. Senior Research in Exercise Science will provide undergraduate students an opportunity to learn to do research under the close guidance of a faculty member. Students will further expand their proposal by developing informed consent and medical history forms, obtain Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, collect data, perform statistical analysis, and write the discussion and conclusion of the research project. Students will be responsible for presenting their research orally and potentially prepare an abstract/paper for publication.