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Infectious Disease for the Sports Therapist

presented by Todd Arnold

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Have your athletes ever suffered from one of the most common ailments, an infectious disease? How can you effectively prevent, detect, and treat these diverse ailments ranging from the flu to mononucleosis and HIV? Join Dr. Todd Arnold as he prepares you, the sports therapist, to effectively manage infectious diseases. Learn the basic forms of transmission for blood-borne and skin-borne pathogens, discuss differences between HBV and HIV infections, and enact standard precautions for dealing with blood-borne pathogens in your own practice. Finally, this course will describe administrative issues related to preventing the transmission of infectious agents in the athletic setting. This course uses immersive graphics, an interactive case study, and thorough lectures to prepare you for the SCS Exam and to manage infectious diseases in your practice.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Todd Arnold, MD

    Dr. Todd Arnold is a primary care/sports performance physician with over a decade of experience caring for athletes of all levels from scholastic to professional. He serves as a sports performance scientist for USA Track and Field, and has worked extensively with over 50 athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, where the team won 29 medals. He has served as head team physician at both Division I and Division II colleges. Todd has extensive training through the Titleist Performance Institute in the biomechanics of the golf swing, golf fitness and health care related to the golfer, and is the co-creator of Prescription Golf & Fitness™. He sees patients daily and is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of concussions. Dr. Todd Arnold is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. He received training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Poudre Valley Hospital, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Flu, Meningitis, and Pneumonia

    1. The Flu, Meningitis, and Pneumonia

    Dr. Todd Arnold provides the participant with basic background knowledge on infectious diseases including the flu, meningitis, infectious mononucleosis, and pneumonia. For each of these diseases, he provides detail on the forms of transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

  2. Skin and Blood-borne Infections

    2. Skin and Blood-borne Infections

    Skin and blood-borne infections may result in complex challenges and complicated discussions for the sports therapist. The participant will leave this chapter with a solid understanding of skin and blood-borne infections including MRSA, HIV, and Hepatitis B.

  3. Maintenance and Universal Precautions

    3. Maintenance and Universal Precautions

    How does the sports therapist approach the difficult topic of maintenance and prevention against infections diseases? Dr. Arnold describes universal precautions to best prepare the sports therapist to approach potentially complex administrative issues related to preventing infectious disease transmission.

  4. Case Study

    4. Case Study

    In this final chapter, Dr. Arnold applies the principles of the lecture to a case example. Test your knowledge and observe patient interactions in a conversation centered around infectious disease.