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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ATR6114
Tracking Number - 4785

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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 6104 apprd as 6114

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: 6114
  10. Full Title: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport I
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  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): Preventing Sudden Death I
  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: The purpose of the course is to provide athletic training students an overview of the general concepts and principles related to the causes of sudden death in sport. This course will deal with specific and potentially life-threatening conditions.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  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. Prepare for a sports emergency situation.

    2. Describe preventative strategies to limit the risk of life-threatening conditions in an athletic setting.

    3. Identify and manage a life-threatening injury or condition.

    4. Design and implement an emergency action plan for various settings.

    5. Identify and treat cardiac emergencies.

    6. Identify and manage exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling or sickle cell trait-related collapse, and hyponatremia

    7. Prepare a return to play plan following an airway/cardiac emergency, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, and hyponatremia.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Prepare for a sports emergency situation.

    2. Describe preventative strategies to limit the risk of life-threatening conditions in an athletic setting.

    3. Identify and manage a life-threatening injury or condition.

    4. Design and implement an emergency action plan for various settings.

    5. Identify and treat cardiac emergencies.

    6. Identify and manage exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling or sickle cell trait-related collapse, and hyponatremia

    7. Prepare a return to play plan following an airway/cardiac emergency, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, and hyponatremia.

  31. Major Topics: Introduction to Preventing Sudden Death

    Epidemiology of Sudden Death in Sport

    Evidence-Based Medicine and the Management of Life-threatening Conditions

    Preparing for Sports Emergencies and the EAP

    Airway Breathing & Management

    Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCA, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, etc)

    Exertional Heat Stroke

    Sickle Cell Trait and Exertional Sickling


  32. Textbooks: 1. Casa DJ. Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity. Jones & Bartlett Learning; Sudbury, MA, 2012.

    2. Rehberg RS. Sports Emergency Care, 2nd ed. SLACK Inc; Thorofare, NJ, 2013.

    3. Assigned Readings.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Weekly readings will be posted on Canvas as warranted
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Examinations (2) 20% (each)

    Quizzes 20%

    Laboratory Assignments 20%

    EBM Summary Assignment 10%

    Professionalism & Participation 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments: Evidence Based Medicine Summaries (1 time)- Each student will be asked to read about a specific injury/section thoroughly prior to class and then offer 5 evidence based statements regarding an injury or illness within this section. The evidence-based statement should be followed by a level of evidence ranking and references to support the statement. Maximum length is one side of one page per submission. The references can be placed on a second page. Maximum number of references is 10. Please be prepared for questions from the instructor and fellow classmates (note: fellow classmates must ask questions). You will be considered the resident expert for this particular injury/section. We will assign all the topics on the first day of classes so you have plenty of advanced warning.

    Quizzes: Regular quizzes will be given based on the expected reading for class. Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of the class session and cannot be made up due to tardiness or an absence.

    Laboratory and Class Participation: Laboratory attendance and participation is extremely important for this course. Students will also be 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. Laboratory activities will simulate real-life emergencies. Labs should take priority over clinical education assignments, surgery observations, etc.

    Professionalism: As an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Athletic Training fervently promotes and encourages behaviors that reflect the values, standards and codes of practice for which its membership will be held accountable. As such, the University of South Florida Athletic Training Education Program faculty intends to encourage the athletic training students to acquire and exhibit desirable professional attributes. For each athletic training core curriculum class, 5% of each student’s grade will be based upon the degree to which students display professional behaviors in class. This assessment of professionalism will be left to the discretion of the professor. Students should refer to examples provided in the program’s policy and procedure manual, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Code of Ethics, and other documents related to professional behavior. Examples may include, but are not limited to, unexcused absences, unexcused tardiness, classroom disruption, not being prepared for classroom discussion, inappropriate dress, etc. If you have any questions regarding professional behaviors please discuss your concerns with the professor of the class.

    Examinations: These examinations are intended to assess the student's awareness and understanding of the concepts covered in the course. Items on these examinations will be derived from the textbook, lectures, research papers and discussions. The content of each examination will usually mirror the content of the unit most recently studied. Examination methodology may include multiple choice, diagrams and short answer/essay questions.

  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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