Sports Medicine CPU Objectives

Activity 1

1-1. Define the field of sports medicine.

1-2. Explore various career opportunities in sports medicine.

1-3. Analyze the impact of a sports medicine career.

Activity 2

2-1. Define various terminology associated with anatomy, physiology, and body positions.

2-2. Understand the basics of the cardiovascular system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system.

2-3. Compare body systems and decide which is most likely to be injured in sports.

Activity 3

3-1. Understand the basics of kinesiology and body mechanics.

3-2. Understand the terminology and various measuring techniques for studying range-of-motion.

3-3. Perform range-of-motion measurements using a 360º goniometer.

3-4. Analyze the importance of range-of-motion measurements in treating athletes and other patients.

Activity 4

4-1. Explore the basic concepts of health, wellness, and fitness.

4-2. Perform body fat measurements and calculations using skinfold calipers.

4-3. Understand and calculate the differences between resting heart rate, recovery heart rate, and your target heart rate zone.

4-4. Analyze personal fitness and methods of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

Activity 5

5-1. Understand the importance of stretching and flexibility.

5-2. Examine and understand the basics of facilitated stretching.

5-3. Perform facilitated stretching.

5-4. Analyze the impact of stretching on basic health. 

Activity 6

6-1. Explore some basic wrist and hand injuries.

6-2. Understand the basics of athletic taping for the treatment and prevention of injuries.

6-3. Complete two basic tapings of injured fingers.

6-4. Perform a more advanced taping that restricts thumb flexion, extension, and abduction.

6-5. Identify the most important aspects of athletic taping. 

Activity 7

7-1. Explore the procedure, method, and purpose of ankle taping.

7-2. Examine the terminology, equipment, and techniques associated with basic non-injury ankle taping.

7-3. Perform two basic ankle tapings.

7-4. Identify problem areas in ankle taping and possible solutions.

Activity 8

8-1. Examine the components of a basic first aid kit.

8-2. Compare a general first aid kit to a sport-specific first aid kit.

8-3. Understand the proper safety and aseptic techniques to use when working with patients.

8-4. Determine how to check for vital signs.

8-5. Measure the radial pulse.

8-6. Practice dealing with minor injuries that commonly occur in athletics.

8-7. Explain why various jobs outside of the health care field might require first aid training for employees. 

Activity 9

9-1. Examine the basics of physical rehabilitation and sports medicine.

9-2. Perform simulated manual muscle tests and range-of-motions tests to assess injuries.

9-3. Analyze the importance of tailoring physical therapy to an individual’s needs. 

Activity 10

10-1. Understand how to deal with patients involved in physical rehabilitation.

10-2. Examine the many advantages and techniques associated with using resistive bands as a therapeutic resource.

10-3. Develop and simulate a rehabilitation program utilizing resistive bands and an ankle exercise board.

10-4. Compare and contrast manual physical therapy and mechanized physical therapy. 

Activity 11

11-1. Explore drug use and ethics in sports medicine.

11-2. Compare the affects of alcohol, nicotine, adrenaline, caffeine, lactic acid, and aspirin on the human body by running tests on daphnia magna.

11-3. Analyze the regular use of caffeine and its affects on the body.

Activity 12

12-1. Complete your experimentation with the daphnia magna.

12-2. Analyze the effects of common drugs such as alcohol on body systems and how alcohol affects athletic performance.

12-3. Discuss the use of alcohol among athletes and form an opinion on whether or not it should be used by athletes.

Activity 13

13-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged.


13-2. You will choose a sport and begin conducting research on athletic enhancers and the rules that govern athletic enhancers in that sport.

Activity 14

14-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged.


14-2. You will continue conducting research on athletic enhancers.

In Activity 15, the students will finish any work they have not yet completed. They will complete the CPU by taking the Vocabulary Test and the Post-test, answering the journal question, and turning in any necessary work such as the research journal or presentation.