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Learning Recommendations: Introduction to Sports Medicine

General Description: This course builds on Introduction to Sports Medicine as students gain a greater understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to recognition/evaluation of injury and illness. Students enroll in Advance Sports Medicine - Evaluation Internship concurrently with this course. Students integrate science, physical skill, clinical experience, and job readiness skills. The skills learned can be applied to everyday life scenarios that will follow students throughout their lives. The standards for this course are based on the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s six domains of responsibility/education, the Washington State Science EALR’s and the Career and Technical Education Therapeutic and Sports Medicine competencies strands.


  • Anatomy, physiology, kinesiology for each region of the body covered (i.e. ankle, knee, shoulder, abdomen, etc)
  • Injuries that can occur in a given region
  • Signs and symptoms that may be present at the time of injury
  • Evaluation techniques to determine injury
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Preventative techniques such as taping, wrapping and safety precautions

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Lecture/Discussion
  • Inquiry-based laboratory work
  • Critical thinking exercises
  • Multimedia offerings (Computer simulations, video features)
  • Demonstrations (teacher or student directed)
  • Student project and research
  • Athletic Training Room experience

 Homework:  This course has an in-class portion and out-of-class portion since this is a multiple credit class. Homework for the classroom portion of this class in less than 20 minutes per day consisting of reviews days topics and occasionally complete classwork that was not finished during class time. Out of class includes a 180 hrs of after school observation (90 per semester, which averages to about 5 hours per week of school for the entire year) and an online learning component (about 5 hours per week). The out-of-class components are required for state standards and the tech prep eligibility.

Tech Prep:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Bellevue College or Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $46 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  $30