Sports Medicine I


  • CTE Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology
  • CTE Pathway: Patient Care
  • Located at: California, Whittier, El Rancho, La Serna and Santa Fe
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Medical Core or Foundations in Health Science

Course Description

Sports Medicine I will engage students in an in-depth study of whole body anatomy and physiology as a basis for understanding the processes involved in injury treatment, management, and healing. Technical instruction includes orientation, safety and infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, academic proficiency, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on: ethical and legal considerations, pharmacology, sports and therapeutic equipment, nutrition and weight management, physical fitness assessment, physical conditioning, emergency preparedness and assessment, infection control, vital signs assessment, basic life support, injuries to the tissues, injuries to the head and spine, injuries to the chest and abdomen, environmental conditions, medical conditions, taping and wrapping, therapeutic modalities and physical rehabilitation. Hands-on laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course. This course provides students with an opportunity to learn the human anatomy and physiology through the eyes of a sports medicine professional. By using sports and athletics as a vehicle to teach the structure and function of the human body students are better able to identify with the material being taught.

Integrated throughout the course are standards for Career Ready Practice and Academic Content Standards which include: appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge; communication skills; career planning; applied technology; critical thinking and problem solving; personal health and financial literacy; citizenship, integrity, ethical leadership and effective management; work productively while integrating cultural and global competence; creativity and innovation; reliable research strategies, and environment, social and economic impacts of decisions.