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
• Occupational Therapist
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.
Sports Medicine Course Schedule
Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Essentials of Healthcare – 2 semesters.
Sports Medicine – 2 semesters.
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
Health 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.