In this CTE and science standards-based course, students will learn about the theories and methods of prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of sports and exercise-related injuries. The body’s physiological response to disease, injury, and stress will be addressed. Students will use scientific methods of observation, investigation, experimentation, data collection, and data analysis. Laboratory and practicum work is performed both in and outside of the classroom. Students are provided substantial opportunities to practice and apply learned theories and techniques working with school athletes, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning specialists, orthopedic surgeons, and other practicing professionals on the field after school hours. This course will incorporate a learner-centered approach to the profession of athletic training. Collaborative learning, creativity, critical thinking, and hands-on experience will be emphasized. Students will demonstrate how to combine academic and clinical learning, and integrate it into practical performances and presentations to improve long-term learning retention.

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