HA-208: Sports Massage

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-208 Sports Massage

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): I hour lecture 3 hours laboratory; offered in Fall or Spring semester

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): CPR and First Aid Certification, BI-302, BI-331, HA-101, HA-104; or permission of instructor

Course Description in college catalog:

This course will enable students to assess athletic clients in order to apply appropriate massage techniques in safe and effective ways. The course includes theory and philosophy of sports massage, pathologies and dysfunctions, and specialized clinical methods to resolve pain syndromes. Students will gain practical experience working with the colleges athletic teams.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Massage Therapy

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in:

Student Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate proficiency in helping athletes maximize their performance and reduce their risks of injury a. Perform pre-event, post event, and during/between event massage, as well as corrective, preventive, and conditioning massage

b. Demonstrate effective communications and clinical assessments
2. Apply massage techniques to speed recovery when injury has occurred a. Identify cautions and contraindications for injuries and assess patient conditions using clinical reasoning skills to design a care plan

b. Treat common conditions including repetitive strain injuries, chronic backache, whiplash, frozen shoulder, sciatica, muscle spasm, sprains and strains, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis
3. Demonstrate competency in applying advanced massage techniques

a. Perform safe and effective application of friction, Connective Tissue Massage (CTM), Neuro-Muscular Therapy (NMT), Muscle Energy Technique (MET), and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

b. Perform safe and effective application of cryotherapy, thermotherapy, and stretching techniques


Program-specific outcomes

Demonstrate a strong foundation in the biological sciences, together with a broad based general education in the liberal arts

Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the art and science of massage therapy, within a holistic health framework

Work with clients in a variety of settings, under the direct supervision of a licensed faculty member

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Assessment will be done in practical, written, and oral formats. The practical assessment will be ongoing visual assessment by the instructor during lab hours as well as a final practical exam where students will each give a 15-30 minute massage to the instructor. The instructor will evaluate the massage based on a rubric in order to ensure consistency in evaluation. The written assessment will consist of a final written exam (multiple choice, and short answer questions) that will test the students knowledge on all of the content from the class lectures and readings. Practical and written evaluation will be required for all sections.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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