Graduate Course Descriptions

  • GSPRT500: Seminar in Human Performance

    This course is intended to familiarize students with current and relevant research in the field of human performance.  Students will gather, read, present and critique current scholarly material in human performance and related fields in an effort to both better understand the research process and also to help formalize their own research interests.

    GSPRT505: Principles of Athletic Training 

    This course is designed to give graduate-level athletic training students an overview of essential athletic training principles. Students will gain knowledge in the areas of musculoskeletal injuries, environmental risk factors, mechanisms and characteristics of sport trauma, and coordinating the sports medicine team.

    GSPRT507: Seminar in Athletic Training 

    This course is intended to familiarize students with current, relevant research in the athletic training field.  Students will gather, read, present and critique current scholarly material in athletic training and athletic injury in an effort to both better understand the research process and also to become familiar with current issues and therapeutic techniques in the field.

    GSPRT510: Advanced Strength and Conditioning 

    The objective of this course is to provide majors with theoretical and practical knowledge of the physiological, biomechanical, administrative aspects of designing and supervising strength and conditioning programs for various populations.

    GSPRT515: Clinical in Athletic Training I 

    The first in a series of four clinical experiences, this course consists of athletic training experiences under the supervision and guidance of a program-approved healthcare provider in a professional setting. The course meets throughout the semester for formal competency development. This course includes skill development in taping and wrapping techniques and first aid.  The course also includes content for goniometric measurements and muscle function assessments such as manual muscle testing.

    GSPRT520: Advanced Laboratory Techniques 

    This course is designed to give the student working knowledge of the procedures of various testing techniques used in both the laboratory as well as in field settings. The student will be expected to demonstrate expertise in various laboratory testing techniques as a requisite for course completion.

    GSPRT525: Upper Body Extremity Assessment 

    This course addresses evaluation techniques and assessment of musculoskeletal injuries to the head, face, and upper extremities.  The student must integrate knowledge of anatomical structures, physiological principles, and evaluative techniques to provide a basis for critical decision-making in an injury management environment.  Decision-making will be based on recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of orthopedic injuries caused by physical activity or exercise.  

    GSPRT530: Research Methods and Statistics in Human Performance 

    This course is designed to introduce the student to methodological and statistical techniques specific to human performance and related fields. Students will be exposed to the research process and also various statistical techniques used to assess the efficacy of exercise interventions and conditioning programs. Student will also become familiar with various types of research and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

    GSPRT535: Therapeutic Modalities 

    Basic physiological responses of the human body to the application of therapeutic heat, therapeutic cold, therapeutic electricity, iontophoresis, ultrasound and other basic therapeutic modalities used in sport medicine are examined. 

    GSPRT540: Psychological Foundations of Performance 

    The purpose of this course is to help the student gain a greater understanding of psychological and emotional factors that influence athletic and nonathletic performance. Furthermore, the student will learn psychological theories and mechanisms for how psychological skills training can positively influence performance.

    GSPRT545: Clinical in Athletic Training II 

    The second in a series of four required clinical placements, this course will consist of clinical athletic training experiences under the supervision and guidance of a program-approved healthcare provider in a professional setting. The course meets throughout the semester for formal competency development. This course includes skill development in taping and wrapping techniques and first aid.  The course also includes content for goniometric measurements and muscle function assessments such as manual muscle testing.

    GSPRT550: Advanced Sport Nutrition

    This course is designed to further develop an understanding of the influence of nutrition for acute and chronic biological and physiological adaptations to physical activity and sport. Emphasis will be placed on adaptations in macronutrients and micronutrients metabolism to fuel energy systems, popular performance enhancing and weight loss supplements, and current research trends that address various sports and populations.

    GSPRT555: Lower Body Extremity Assessment 

    This course addresses evaluation techniques and assessment of musculoskeletal injuries to the spine, trunk, abdomen, and lower extremities. The student must integrate knowledge of anatomical structures, physiology principles, and evaluative techniques to provide a basis for critical decision-making in an injury management environment.  Decision-making will be based on recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of orthopedic injuries caused by physical activity or exercise. 

    GSPRT560: Applied Sport Physiology 

    The objective of this course is to provide majors with hands on practical experience in order to develop skills required to evaluate athletic performance, develop training plans, assess training plan effectiveness, and understand the specific need/requirements for a given sport. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to assess, refine, enhance, and improve athletic performance through an applied approach to exercise physiology.

    GSPRT565: Therapeutic Rehabilitation 

    A systematic approach to individual rehabilitative exercise program development as it relates to athletic injury recovery. Basic information of using the various forms of therapeutic exercises, techniques, indications and contraindications of exercise, and exercise progression as related to athletic injury, prevention, reconditioning and return to participation guidelines will be discussed. 

    GSPRT570: Dietary Programming in Sport Nutrition 

    This course is designed to utilize an array of assessment tools which can be implemented in nutritional programming. Practice with methodology, application, implications, strengths and limitations of assessment tools will provide a basis for nutritional programming for athletes and teams.

    GSPRT575: Pharmacology and Professional Issues 

    A general overview of the use of pharmacological agents in the treatment of acute and overuse injuries. Additional course material will consider performance enhancement and social drugs often associated with athletic populations. Additionally, ethical issues related to athletic training will be discussed including privacy laws, ethical conduct, mandatory reporting, drug testing, and others as deemed appropriate.

    GSPRT580: Applied Sport Biomechanics 

    For this course, the student explores an area of interest related to sport biomechanics. The course provides the student with an opportunity to utilize biomechanical analysis to answer research questions proposed in two projects.

    GSPRT590: Psychological Interventions in Sport 

    This course builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in GSPRT540: Psychological Foundations of Sport. The student will apply the principles learned in previous coursework to assess the psychological strengths and weakness of athletes and other performers. They will then design interventions to improve physiological performance via psychological skills training.

    GSPRT600: Thesis I 

    For this course, the student will complete the first four chapters of his or her master's thesis. The chapters include the introduction, literature review, statement of the problem and hypothesis, and proposed methods. This course will be completed prior to data collection on his or her master's thesis and prior to GSPRT 601.

    GSPRT601: Thesis II 

    For this course, the student will complete the final two chapters of his or her master's thesis. The chapters include the results and discussion sections. This course prepares the student for the final thesis defense prior to obtaining the master's degree.

    GSPRT602: Master's Internship I 

    For this course, the student will engage in a practical internship as assigned by the director or instructor of the Sport and Exercise Science Master of Science degree program. The majority of these assignments will be with one of the athletic teams at the university. This internship will last the duration of the fall semester.

    GSPRT603: Master's Internship II 

    This course is a continuation of GSPRT602: Master's Internship I. The student will engage in a practical internship as assigned by the director or instructor of the Sport and Exercise Science, Master of Science degree program. The majority of these assignments will be with one of the athletic teams at the university. This internship will last the duration of the spring semester.

    GSPRT615: Clinical in Athletic Training III 

    The third in a series of four required clinical placements, this course will consist of clinical athletic training experiences under the supervision and guidance of a program-approved healthcare provider in a professional setting. The course meets throughout the semester for formal competency development. This course includes specific content in advanced situational assessments, health care for all age groups and special populations, and development of career enhancement skills.

    GSPRT645: Clinical in Athletic Training IV 

    The final in a series of four required clinical placements, this course consists of continued athletic training experiences under the supervision and guidance of a program-approved healthcare provider in a professional setting. The course meets throughout the semester for formal competency development. This course includes situational orthopedic assessment, health care for all age groups and special populations, and continued development of taping, bracing, and casting skills.

    GSPRT655: Organization and Administration of Athletic Training 

    Discussion of the issues in the organization and administration of athletic training programs to facilities. Topics will cover the knowledge to develop, administer, and manage a facility. Legal responsibility, protection of individuals, and implications of misconduct will be addressed. In addition, professional responsibilities and avenues of professional develop will be addressed.