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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR5308C
Tracking Number - 4784

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-30
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved; to USF Sys 10/22/13. to SCNS 10/30/13. Approved Effective 12/1/13. Nmbr 5342C apprved as 5308C

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-07-29
  2. Department: Medicine
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: HSC-10000-613900-000000-000000
  5. Contact Person: Steven Zinder
  6. Phone: 8133969464
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ATR
  9. Number: 5308C
  10. Full Title: Therapeutic Interventions III
  11. Credit Hours: 1
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Therapeutic Interventions III
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course will provide an overview of manual therapy techniques, including myofacial release, joint mobilization, and traction as they are incorporated into a therapeutic rehabilitation program.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of the core coursework for the proposed Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. The profession of Athletic Training is following other allied health professions and heading toward the entry point being at the graduate level. This is a proactive step in that direction, and will put USF at the forefront of Athletic Training education. There will be significant demand for the program, in that as of this point, there is no avenue for students that have obtained a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to challenge the National Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training. Presently, there is only one other institution in Florida (FIU) with an entry -level graduate Athletic Training Program.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Certified Athletic Trainer, MD, PhD, or equivalent.
  29. Objectives: 1. Discuss the three techniques of massage and their indications, precautions, and contraindications.

    2. Explain the progression and techniques of myofascial release.

    3. Explain the theory of the mechanism of myofascial trigger points.

    4. Explain the concave-convex and covex-concave rules.

    5. Define joint mobilization grades of movement.

    6. Discuss the direction of glide and traction in relation to the treatment plane.

    7. Discuss the techniques and dangers of neural mobilization

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Discuss the three techniques of massage and their indications, precautions, and contraindications.

    2. Explain the progression and techniques of myofascial release.

    3. Explain the theory of the mechanism of myofascial trigger points.

    4. Explain the concave-convex and covex-concave rules.

    5. Define joint mobilization grades of movement.

    6. Discuss the direction of glide and traction in relation to the treatment plane.

    7. Discuss the techniques and dangers of neural mobilization

  31. Major Topics: Massage Techniques

    Myofascial Release

    Trigger Points

    Concave/Convex Rules

    Joint Mobilization

    Neural Mobilization

  32. Textbooks: 1. Denegar CR. 2010. Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Injuries, 3rd Ed . Human Kinetics

    2. Mangus BC, Miller MG, 2005. Pharmacology Application in Athletic Training, FA Davis, Co

    3. Prentice WE. Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. 2004; 5th ed. McGraw Hill, New York, NY.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Weekly readings will be posted on Canvas as warranted.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Assessment Percentage

    Oral-Practical Exam 35%

    Laboratory Participation 60%

    Professionalism 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Oral-Practical Exam:

    The oral-practical exam involves each student actively completing a thorough demonstration of their knowledge and skills related to the indications, contraindications, physiological effects, set-up, application, shut-down, and precautions of randomly selected physical modalities. Use of each of the modalities will be demonstrated. The Open Lab allows for familiarization with the therapeutic modalities. Each student is required to schedule an appointment with the instructor and provide a subject (not a classmate). A study guide will be provided in the weeks prior to the oral-practical examinations. Objective measures by the examiner(s) will be used to determine the point total.

    Laboratory Participation: Laboratory attendance and participation is mandatory; students are also required to complete the required lab assignments. Because there is no opportunity to make-up laboratory sessions held during the semester, it is best to avoid missing class on lab days. Also, because some clinical sites may not have the appropriate equipment to demonstrate and teach the competencies and to practice the related proficiencies, laboratory attendance will ensure that the student has received the initial information related to laboratory competencies and provides the student an opportunity to practice the requisite proficiencies. If conflicts exist due to clinical education travel or any other extenuating circumstance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the professor of such circumstances beforehand. Labs should take priority over clinical education assignments, surgery observations, etc.

    Laboratory Attire: On days which class will be held in a laboratory setting students will be expected to wear attire appropriate for the application of each modality. Shorts, t-shirt, and sneakers are appropriate unless otherwise stated in lecture. Inappropriate attire will result in an incomplete laboratory experience and reduced grade for that lab.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up of missed work will be permitted, but points will be taken off for turning in work after the due date. No work will be accepted two weeks past its original due date and all course work must be turned in by the last day of class to receive credit.

    Academic Dishonesty:


    Each individual is expected to earn his/her degree on the basis of personal effort. Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally know to the public at large must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work. Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of F or FF (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Detection of Plagiarism:

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service, which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted to me as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student's paper was plagiarized.

    For more information about Academic Integrity of Graduate Students see

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masterof Science in Athletic Training
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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