Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog
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AHPT 205 - Anatomy and Kinesiology for the PTA

Credit(s): 6

Prerequisite(s): AHPT 105 .
Corequisite(s): AHPT 101 , AHPT 206 , AHPT 210 , and AHPT 218 .
This course provides the student with an understanding of the human musculoskeletal system relative to the biomechanical elements of normal and abnormal human motion as well as osteology and arthrology in relation to muscle action and joint mechanics. The study and skills of goniometry, manual muscle testing, and palpation will also be covered. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Describe various general concepts of kinesiology, including kinematics, biomechanics, and clinical kinesiology, as well as identify and explain types of motions which occur within planes and around axes including rotary, translatory, and curvilinear.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the palpation of bony landmarks.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with goniometric techniques of measurement, including their documentation.
  • Describe physiological and accessory movements of joints.
  • Explain force, gravity, and equilibrium as it relates to forces in the body.
  • Describe positive and negative linear forces, acceleration and apply the principles of force to static and mechanical traction.
  • Differentiate between different classes of levers and apply them to torque, the use of pulleys, and the resolution of forces.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of muscles contraction, including excitation-contraction coupling, different fiber types (slow twitch, intermediate, and fast twitch), and the five types of muscle contractions.
  • List factors which influence strength of muscles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of posture and equilibrium maintenance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the specific joints, muscles, origins, insertions, and actions within all regional areas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of all the test positions, hand placements for resistance and stabilization, and commands for grading muscle in all body regions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in locating and testing the dermatomes and reflexes of the body.

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