Athletic Training I Syllabus



ATHLETIC TRAINING I                                                                  

Mrs. Shantasia Wimberly, M.S., L.A.T., ATC



            This course is an introduction to athletic training and sports focusing on the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and treatment of common athletic injuries.  It is designed for students who have a special interest in athletics and/or interested in pursuing a career in coaching, sports medicine, physical therapy or other related fields.  This course has a strong hands-on component, requiring students to master taping and wrapping techniques and allowing them to earn certification in adult CPR and the use of an AED (Time permitting).



To gain insight into the various roles, careers, and settings for certified athletic trainers.

To apply basic anatomical terms and concepts to real world scenarios.

To earn certification in Adult CPR and the use of an AED.

To think critically in critiquing emergency plans as well as reducing liability in an athletic training room.

To understand the prevention, recognition, and evaluation of common athletic injuries.

To perform basic taping and wrapping techniques, as well as basic wound care.

To create a treatment plan for 24-48 hours following an athletic injury

To design an athletic training room on a fixed budget.



Various resources provided by the instructor – handouts, diagrams, etc.



Tests & Projects (50%)

Quizzes and practical labs (40%)

Homework and classwork assignments (10%)

Pop quizzes (extra credit)

            NOTE:  It is class policy that when calculating any average, .49 rounds down to the nearest whole number while .50 rounds up.



98-100% = A+ 88-89% = B+ 78-79% = C+ 68-69% = D+ 0-59% = F

92-97% = A   82-87% = B   72-77% = C   62-6% = D

90-91% = A-  80-81% = B-  70-71% = C-  60-61% = D-


            Students are responsible for material presented in class as well as material covered in homework assignments, class work, assignments, and labs.  A thorough comprehension of lecture topics and regular completion of homework assignments is imperative in developing a complete understanding of the core topics and earning high grades on quizzes and tests.  What does that mean?  To do well, you must pay attention in class and do your homework!

This class will operate under three basic rules:

1.)  Be prepared

a.    Students should report to class each day with a writing implement (pen or pencil) and a three ring binder divided into sections for notes, handouts, and graded assignments. 

b.    Some lab days will require students to dress in T-shirts, shorts, sweats and/or tennis shoes. Plenty of advance notice will be given as well as class time to change clothes if needed.  Any student unprepared for these lab days will be penalized by loss of daily review work points or a zero on the assignment.

2.)  Be on time

a.    Per school policy, students will receive three warnings before referral to the office for unexcused tardiness to class. 

3.)  Be respectful

a.    All school rules will be in enforced in this classroom, including keeping headphones off and not using cell phones.  Each student will be required to put there cell phone in the cell phone rack located in the back of the classroom, and will be able to retrieve their phones after class is over.

NOTE: There will be no warning for use of cell phones or any other electronic device and any offense will result in referral to the office, including disruption of class by incoming calls.  

b.    Take responsibility for your own choices and decisions.

c.    Let’s make sure everyone has a chance to learn!  Treat me and others with respect and if you’re having a bad day, think before you speak.  If in doubt, take a moment and just breathe!

d.    I am a firm believer in the importance of personal integrity and honor.  All work, including homework, quizzes, labs and tests, is expected to be your own effort, with properly formatted citations included when required.  Allowances will be made for group activities, some homework assignments and other activities on an as needed basis.


It is the student’s job to take responsibility for his or her own education.  I will not hunt you down to let you know what you missed while absent and I will not accept excuses.  Education is one of the most vital instruments in your life and you, as a student, must accept responsibility for your own actions and decisions.  As a teacher, I will provide you with the raw materials to gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter but it is your job as a student to dedicate the necessary time and effort to mastering this information.  As you prepare for your future, I hope you will take advantage of my offers to help you hone your study skills, critical thinking skills, and content mastery.  I can be a valuable resource for you, but it is ultimately your decision to utilize this resource. 


            It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that work is completed on time.  In case of an absence assigned work will be due on the first day back to school for full credit if the absence is excused. Extended absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Homework is due at the beginning of the class period.  Late homework will be accepted one day late with only earning half the points.  Any homework not turned in by the day after the due date will be counted as a zero.  There is no excuse for long-term projects to be handed in late; therefore I will not accept them late.



            Each student is required to put in ten hours of observational time in the training room.  This assignment will begin in October and will be completed by the end of the semester.  No more than two hours can be scheduled at a time.  No game coverage is permitted.  A competency sheet will be given to each student and be completed by the end of the semester.  More information regarding sign-ups and completion of materials will be discussed later.





Unit    Topics                                                                               Evaluation

1          Athletic Training as a Profession                                     

                        Roles of an ATC

                        The sports medicine team

                        Becoming an ATC & maintaining certification

                        Careers in Athletic Training/Settings for ATCs


2          Administrative  Aspects of Athletic Training                    Quiz – Units 1 & 2

                        Legal Issues and Documentation


3          Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology                            Test – Unit 3

                        Basic terminology

                        Overview – Skeletal & Muscular Systems

                        Overview – tissue healing

                        Joint motions & biomechanics


4          Emergency Response                                                        Project

                        Emergency Plans

                        CPR Certification – Adult, Peds, AED

                        On-field Emergency Care


5          First Aid & Wound Care                                                      Quiz

                        Universal Precautions & Disease Prevention

                        Types of Wounds    

                        Control bleeding


6          Environmental Concerns                                                   Test – Unit 5 & 6

                        Heat-related illnesses & hydration

                        Cold- related illnesses

                        Severe weather plans

                        Bites and stings


7          Evaluation skills                                                      

                        Taking a history

                        Vital signs



            Specific Anatomy

            Evaluation Tools –Range of Motion

            General Prevention

            Common Injuries – Recognition and Treatment Plan


8          Foot, Ankle, & Lower leg injuries                                      Quiz

9          Knee Injuries                                                                         Test- Units 8 & 9

10        Hip & Thigh Injuries                                                           

11        Pelvic, Abdominal, & Thoracic Injuries                            Quiz–Units 10 & 11

12        Shoulder & elbow injuries                                                 Quiz

13        Wrist, Hand, & finger injuries                                            Test-Units 12 & 13

14        Head, Neck & Back Injuries                                                Test

15        Miscellaneous Medical Issues                                         

16        Design of an Athletic Training Room                                 Project