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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
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 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 Explain the appropriate safety protocols when administering first aid in an emergency LO-4 Describe how to prevent contagious skin conditions from spreading among athletes.

LO-5 Explain the appropriate protocols for checking the victim when administering first aid in an emergency.

LO-6 Analyze and describe how to recognize and treat choking, bleeding, shock and burns.

LO-7 Analyze and describe how to recognize and treat various bone, joint and muscle sport injuries. LO-8 Exam methods on how to transport an athlete who has sustained a head/neck injury.

LO-9 Analyze and describe how to recognize and treat poisoning and allergic reactions.

LO-10 List appropriate methods of administering CPR, AED application, and clearing an airway.

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.

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.

Required Course Textbooks: None

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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:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.