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SPHE405 - Sports First Aid

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE405 Course ID: 4027 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Sports First Aid is the recognition and emergency treatment of sports injuries sustained during the participation in a sporting event. Students in this course will learn basic first aid principles in order to provide emergency care to injured athletes. Students will develop a basic knowledge of common sports injuries to be able to administer appropriate sports first aid. This course will introduce the role of the coach as well as other medical professionals that provide first aid to athletes. Focus will placed on techniques and concepts used to treat these sports injuries. Students taking this course will become a competent first aid responder for basic athletic injuries.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  • LO-1 the appropriate roles and responsibilities of a coach on an athletic health care team.
  • LO-2 Distinguish the difference in roles between other members of the health care team.
  • LO-3 List appropriate methods of administering CPR, AED application, and clearing an airway.
  • LO-4 Describe the application and administration of appropriate sport first aid for bleeding.
  • LO-5 Exam methods on how to transport an athlete who has sustained a head/neck injury.
  • LO-6: Develop a medical and weather emergency action plan for an athletic team and facility
  • LO-7 Analyze and describe how to recognize and treat upper body sport injuries.
  • LO-8 Analyze and describe how to recognize and treat lower body sport injuries.
  • LO-9 Describe the appropriate methods for providing care of facial and scalp injuries.
  • LO-10 Describe how to prevent contagious skin conditions from spreading among athletes.

Reading Assignments: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions.

Supplemental Readings: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions.

Forum Assignments: Each student must submit an initial post which is at least 250 words in length and includes at least one scholarly reference. Some instructors may require students to submit their initial forum posts to Turnitin in through the "Assignments" tab in the Sakai classroom--please check your announcements (& the instruction detail in the Discussion Forum area to determine if this step is required for this course. Students are evaluated on the ability to validate, support, and provide evidence for their responses. Each student must also submit at least two classmate postings which are at least 100 words in length. The goal of classmate postings is to provide a professional, scholarly, and honest evaluation of your classmate’s content. Students are encouraged to engage in dialogue by asking pertinent questions and stating why or why not they agree with their classmates post. Initial posts are due on Wednesday by 11:55pm ET and at least two peer replies are due by Sunday at 11:55pm ET

Homework Assignments: Please see description in class for evaluation procedures and rubric.

Exams/Quizzes: There are a total of 4 quizzes. All quizzes are times. Please read the directions carefully. Once you open the quiz, you cannot stop and continue at another time. You are able to use your text for the quiz.

Field Experience Assignments: NA

Final Project: You will create a sports first aid brochure, indicating anatomy, mechanism of injury and immediate care of the injury. Please see final assignment for me details.

NameGrade %
Forums 15.00 %
Forum #1 1.88 %
Forum #2 1.88 %
Forum #3 1.88 %
Forum #4 1.88 %
Forum #5 1.88 %
Forum #6 1.88 %
Forum #7 1.88 %
Forum #8 1.88 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 1 15.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 2: (You Tube Video) 15.00 %
Final Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 25.00 %
Quizzes 30.00 %
Quiz 1 (Week 3) 7.50 %
Quiz 4 (Week-7) 7.50 %
Quiz 3 (Week-6) 7.50 %
Quiz 2 (Week-5) 7.50 %
  • The VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore. You can access this Vitalsource text Sports First Aid here via the Vitalsource Tab on the laft-hand navigation menu of this classroom.

Required Readings: See Course Outline

Additional Resources: In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles and up to date APA handouts.

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address


APA Style Homepage

First Aid Guide


Book Title:Sports First Aid w/Access Code, 5th ed. - the VitalSource e-book & ASEP code is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Human Kinetics
Unit Cost:$42.57
Electronic ISBN:9781492590811
Electronic Unit Cost:$30.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.