The Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Program offers a great foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, Personal Training and more.
This two-year program is designed for students who are interested in the previously mentioned careers, which would be accessible after further course work at the collegiate level. The skills students learn in this class will be immediately utilized in their work on the field during athletic events. Other topics covered include: basic human anatomy, concepts of human movement, mechanism of sports injury and application of protective taping.
Students are required to put their classroom knowledge into practice by working 10 athletic events per year under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Because of this specification, this opportunity only applies to work at Alliance and Marlington High Schools. The opportunity to earn a varsity letter in Sports Medicine is available to any interested Sports Medicine Senior and requires them to work all football practices and home and away varsity games under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Because of this specification, this opportunity applies only to work at Alliance and Marlington High Schools.
During their Senior year students are eligible to take the Physical Therapy Aide credential through the American Medical Certification Association.
Students will gain a core body of knowledge from the Athletic Training and Exercise and Athletic Injuries and Prevention courses of study as well as become certified in First Aid, CPR and AED use through the American Heart Association.
What does the certification do?
Employers can hire confidently
Consumers can trust the Medical workforce
Students can feel prepared to take action in an emergency situation
Skills Necessary for Success
Strong ability to learn and understand scientific vocabulary and functions
Written communications skills
Ability to perform basic math calculations and formulas
Ability to gather and apply information from various sources
Strong hand/eye coordination
Instructing / teaching others how to do something
Ability to understand muscles and functions of the body
Relates well with people
Ability to work as part of a team
Strong verbal communicator
Confident and self-motivated
Ability to respond in emergency situations
Interested in exercise and athletics