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Sports Medicine Pathway

Why Sports Medicine?

Occupations in the Health Sciences represent the largest and fastest growing industry in the United States employing over 10 million workers in more than 200 careers. The Sports Medicine Career Pathway can help you become a part of this exciting profession and set you on the road to a great career. Workers in sports medicine focus on improving the body’s performance, recovering from injury, and preventing future injuries. Sports medicine is one of the fastest growing areas of health care, providing specialized help to many “regular” people, as well as athletes.

Sports medicine professionals treat patients who participate in sports just for fun or want to get better results from their exercise program, patients who suffered injuries and want to regain full function, and people who have disabilities and want to increase their mobility and capabilities. Many careers in this field require degrees, and certification may improve chances to find a job.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

•    Athletic Trainer
•    Physical Therapist
•    Exercise Physiologist
•    Kinesiotherapist
•    Orthoptist

•    Occupational Therapist
•    Medical Services Manager
•    Health Services Manager
•    Orthopaedics

Most Health Science occupations require additional education after high school and require that potential employees acquire the appropriate certification and/or licensing. Workers in the Health Science industry must have a solid background in math, science, communications, and technical skills, be knowledgeable in their subject area, have the ability to communicate with others, and inspire trust and confidence.

Based on an aging population and a retiring workforce, the demand for health care workers will remain high through 2020. As the roles of careers and Therapeutic Services change, professionals in this pathway will find increased opportunities to work independently. Additionally, an increasing number of career opportunities are becoming available outside of the traditional hospital setting.

Therapeutic Services/ports Medicine Courses & Schedule

Sports Medicine Course Schedule

Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Healthcare Science is a foundations course for the Sports Medicine Career Pathway. It is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in the Healthcare Industry. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to Healthcare Science skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as, ethical and legal responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including medical terminology, microbiology, and basic life support.

Essentials of Healthcare –  2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science
*This course counts as a 4th science credit. Students earning credit in this course alse get an addition unit in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
This class is designed to provide an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the provision of direct client care. Monitoring and evaluating client status includes assessment techniques such as vital signs, as well as, the application of mathematical concepts appropriate to clinical expectations and/or work-based learning. The function and fundamental pathophysiology of each body system is evaluated prior to community first aid and basic life support techniques which are expanded to include rescue skills for infants and children.

Sports Medicine – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science & Essentials of HealthCare
Sports Medicine is the third course in the Sports Medicine Career Pathway. The course is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, injury assessment, injury prevention, or rehabilitation including careers in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Services. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to therapeutic services skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of anatomy and physiology, assessment, preventative and rehabilitative care are introduced. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated, including medical terminology, kinesiology, patient assessment, record keeping, and basic life support.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Sports Medicine

•    Albany State University
•    Armstrong Atlantic State University
•    Brenau University
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Clark Atlanta University
•    Clayton State University
•    Coastal Georgia Community College
•    Emory University
•    Everest Institute
•    Georgia Medical Institute
•    Georgia Perimeter College
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Medical College of Georgia
•    Medix School
•    Mercer University
•    University of Georgia


HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the US Department of Education and the Healthcare Science Technology Education division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.