This course is an introductory exploration of the etiology and pathology of athletic-related injuries. It explores historical issues related to both past and current theories on treatment of athletic-related injuries. topics discussed include the evolution of sports medicine as a defined discipline in the medical world and an exploration of the physical and philosophical differences in the treatment of athletes vs. non-athletes. Students examine the human musculoskeletal system and learn how structures are involved in physical movement, as well as the role they play in mechanisms of injuries. In completing the evaluation of an athletic injury, students apply decision-making to the procedure of history, observation, palpation and testing in an orthopedic examination. Throughout the course, students learn and compare the physiological differences between men and women that may predispose women to particular injuries.