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Sports Medicine

Major Units of Study

  1. Sports medicine and the athletic trainer/ careers
  2. First aid/ C.P.R/ AED/ first responder
  3. Anatomy and physiology
  4. Recognition and evaluation of injuries/ illnesses
  5. Nutrition and diet for athletic training
  6. Legal and ethical concerns
  7. Youth organization activities

Traits, Interests, Aptitudes
Applicants must have a strong desire for service above self. They should enjoy sports and working with athletes. Students should possess good social and communication skills to relate accurate terminology to coaches, patrons, physicians, and athletes. Being punctual, polite, and confident are important for success in this program.

Volunteer and School Service
Students will be expected, as an integral part of this class, to be involved with the athletic program at their home school. The teacher and athletic department in each high school will work together to arrange/ approve volunteer and school service assignments. This could include the following:

  • Sports medicine aide
  • Team manager
  • Student trainer
  • Coaches’ aide
  • Clock/ timekeeper
  • Statistics/ scorekeeper
  • Youth organization referee or coach

Career and College Information
This class is for students who are interested in a sports or sports-medicine related career. This is an excellent introductory course to prepare for a future in sports medicine, sports management, physical education, sport communications, and athletic training. In order for an individual to be eligible to become a Certified Athletic Trainer they must have successfully graduated from an accredited four year university sports medicine/ athletic training program.

There are currently 12 colleges and universities in Virginia that are accredited in the field of sports medicine/ athletic training and they are: Averett, Bridgewater, Emory and Henry, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, Shenandoah, and Virginia Commonwealth.

Individuals must also pass the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification exam. Possible certifications for students completing this course prior to post-secondary education include: C.P.R./AED certified, first aid certification, personal trainer, aerobics instructor, sport first aid instructor, E.M.T., medical assistant, and first responder.

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