Crash Course CHS: Sports medicine


Sannidhi Arimanda

Sports medicine is a three-year program at Coppell High School offering students the ability to gain experience in health and its relation to physical activity. Throughout the program, students also apply biomechanics, anatomy and physiology to their work.

Aliya Zakir and Anette Varghese

Crash Course CHS is a Sidekick series in which social media manager Aliya Zakir answers questions about CHS courses.  In this edition, Zakir talks to CHS sports medicine teacher Yvette Carson.

How is sports medicine practicum’s curriculum formatted?

The class is almost formatted as an unpaid internship. Students are working 10 hours a week on average, before and after school. They start on July 28 and finish on the last day of school. After students have gone through a semester of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, they’ll start doing weight room workouts and different types of fitness. 

Can the course prepare students for the medical field?

It can prepare students. They will gain a great learning base for anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. They will also learn how to work with people and how to treat others.

Are there physical assessments?

Everything is based online, all testing is also based online. However, when students begin weight room and physical fitness assessments, testing is in person. 

What resources and facilities do students work with?

Students are working with three licensed and certified athletic trainers at CHS. If they’ve earned a place, they also get to work with local physicians on Friday nights on the sidelines at sporting events. 

What is the commitment level of the class?

It’s a pretty heavy commitment level. Students should imagine being a varsity athlete and what that commitment is, it’s the same level for practicum students. They are committed year round and don’t have an off-season. 

How does sports medicine differ from other health science practicums?

The difference between sports medicine practicum and other health practicums is that students are working directly with their peers. 

Can students receive any certifications?

Through the three year program, students are going to receive their American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, a BLS instructor certification and an American College of Sports Medicine instructor certification.

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