Sports Medicine
Sports Injury, Treatment and Prevention
Dr. Kenneth Martin
Temple City High School


Course description

The Sports Medicine/Sports Therapy class is a course that prepares the student to treat athletic injuries both on field in an an office setting. The student will learn proper anatomy, physiology, and biomechanical functions of the joints, muscles and ligaments in the body and will be able to identify and make decisions about injuries to internal organs and orthopedic and neurologic injuries. Each student will participate in practical applications of modern athletic training including post injury care, application and instruction in Physical Therapy techniques, Sports Massage, Strength & Conditioning and athletic Rehabilitation therapy. All students will receive training in CPR, First Aid, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and emergency field actions, with certification.

This class will follow the guidelines of the Los Angeles County Regional Occupation Program, preparing each student for continuing education in Athletic Training programs, Strength & Conditioning trainer, Fitness technician, Massage Therapist and/or a licensed Physical Therapy program. This program is also an entry into the field of primary health care, including degrees in medicine, chiropractic, podiatry and osteopathy, and has been approved as a category "h" by the University of California regents.

Course Objectives

1. To introduce students to professions associated with Sports Therapy (aka "sports medicine").
2. Review human anatomy and physiology
3. To provide an overview of the aspects of athletic training concerning, the care, prevention, management, and treatment of athletic injuries.
4. To discuss the roles and responsibilities of an athletic trainer.
5. Familiarize students with a variety of taping and wrapping techniques; and the recognition, transportation and treatment, of athletic injuries.
6. To learn proper diet and conditioning techniques related to sports and competition.
7. To have hands-on experience working with athletes.
8. To gain experience in training room management.
9. To read through Anatomy & Physiology (Martini) and Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (France)
10. To familiarize with Physical Therapy modalities and their application for rehabilitation
11. To learn and practice Sports Massage and general massage principles
12. To study and practice weight training as it applies to Strength and Conditioning of the human body
13. To certify students in First Aid, Cardio Pulmnonary Resucitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Class Outline

I. Introduction

A. History and development of sports medicine
B. Definition of sports medicine
C. Professions associated with sports medicine

II. Athletic Training

A. Athletic training as a career

1. Qualities (NATA)
2. Responsibilities/duties
3. Education
4. Job opportunities

B. Training room

1. Features and specifications
2. Operation
3. Organization

C. Records

1. Purpose

a. Liability
b. Reference
c. Statistical research
d. Insurance

D. Supplies and equipment

1. Bandages
2. Sprays/powders
3. Ointments
4. Medical kits
5. Miscellaneous

E. First aid

1. Sling
2. Immobilization
3. Crutch usage

F. CPR

III. Special Considerations in Athletics

A. Hot and humid enviromental conditions

1. Heat illnesses

a. Heat syncope
b. Heat exhaustion
c. Heat cramps
d. Heat stroke

B. Hypothermia

IV. Related Disciplines

A. Anatomy

  1. Skeletal
  2. Musculoskeletal
  3. Ligaments

B. Kinesiology
C. Physiology

  1. Muscle function
  2. Cardiovascular function

V. Ankle and Foot

A. Anatomy
B. Mechanism of Injury
C. Assessment
D. Treatment and reconditioning
E. Taping and wrapping
F. Protection and padding

VI. Knee/Thigh/Hip


A. Anatomy
B. Mechanism of Injury
C. Assessment
D. Treatment and reconditioning
E. Taping and wrapping
F. Protection and padding

VII. Shoulder

A. Anatomy
B. Mechanism of Injury
C. Assessment
D. Treatment and reconditioning
E. Taping and wrapping
F. Protection and padding

VIII. Elbow/Forearm/Wrist/Hand

A. Anatomy
B. Mechanism of Injury
C. Assessment
D. Treatment and reconditioning
E. Taping and wrapping
F. Protection and padding

IX. Head and Neck

A. Facial injuries

  1. Recognition
  2. Management

B. Head injuries

1. Concussion

a. Signs and symptoms
b. Management
c. Other Evaluation

Students will be evaluated in different areas, of variable value

  1. Quizzes - Regular and unscheduled
  2. Practical skills tests
  3. Chapter by chapter examinations
  4. Class participation
  5. Final Examination - Cumulative written and practical examination

I can be contacted during my office hours at (626) 286-8200, or by email at bacdoc@juno.com. All class material and assignments will be posted to this website for student viewing.