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Sports Medicine and Therapy

Athletic trainers are the backbone of the athletic world; students learn how to prevent injuries and illnesses; provide emergency care, examination, and clinical diagnosis; therapeutic intervention; and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Sports Medicine and Therapy is for students who are interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of sports injury prevention, recognition, treatment, and care of sport-related injuries.  Students will learn basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, mechanisms of a sport injury, basic injury evaluation, sports therapy modalities including taping, wrapping, protective bracing, equipment fitting, follow-up care, and use of equipment and techniques to aid patients in rehabilitation.  Students will also learn principles of fitness and conditioning, nutrition, and how sports medicine is part of an integrated health care delivery system.



  • Industry Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Medical Careers
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Capstone
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Orange Coast College: 2018-2019, 2019-2020 (Course meets requirements for the OCC Certificate for Fitness Specialist. Course does not meet requirements for the OCC Certificate for Athletic Training)

    Cypress College: 2018-2019, 2019-2020

    For information about specific articulation agreement terms & conditions, contact the community college or your Career Guidance Specialist (CGS).
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: ROP Career Pathway Completion Certificate; student can complete online modules for certification from the National Federation of State High School Associations (Concussion for Students; Concussion in Sports; Heat Illness Prevention; Introduction to Pitch Smart; Sports Nutrition; and Sudden Cardiac Arrest)
  • Class Location(s): Brea Olinda HS, Buena Park HS, Cypress HS, La Habra HS, Loara HS, Oxford Academy, Sunny Hills HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.