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Did your health science program just add a new course for sports medicine?
Or do you need to update your existing sports medicine curriculum?
If so, you’re likely looking for the best instructional materials to help cover your standards and prepare students for their future careers.
While many health science instructors use HealthCenter21 as a supplemental resource when teaching sports medicine classes, we don’t currently offer a complete sports medicine curriculum. (Wondering why? Find out here.)
To help you find the right materials for your sports medicine course, we’ve put together a list of popular options teachers like you recommend.
The top sports medicine textbooks for CTE health science programs are:
Sports Medicine Essentials
Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
It’s a comprehensive combination of nutrition, sports psychology, kinesiology, and therapeutic modalities.
This sports medicine textbook has 25 chapters, split into four units:
Unit 1: Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
Sports Medicine: The Multidisciplinary Approach to Athletic Health Care
The Central Training Room
The Athletic Training Student Aide Program Unit 2: Roles and Responsibilities in Athletic Training
Emergency Preparedness: Injury Game Plan
The Preparticipation Physical Examination
Prehabilitation and Preseason Training
Nutrition and the Athlete
Dietary Supplements and Performance Enhancers
Assessment and Evaluation of Sports Injuries
Therapeutic Physical Modalities
Taping and Wrapping
Unit 3: Injury Assessment and Management
Injury Assessment and Management
Bleeding and Shock
The Bones and Soft Tissue
The Foot, Ankle, and Lower Leg
The Hip and Pelvis
The Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
The Chest and Abdomen
The Head and Face
The Spine Unit 4: Special Considerations
Special Considerations in Athletes
Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is a great option for teachers whose students are interested in athletics and the medical needs of athletes. Plus, it helps give a broad overview of the fundamental concepts required for sports medicine and insights into the practical applications of these skills.
3. Essentials of Athletic Injury Management, 11th Edition
It is a textbook designed for students who are just starting a career in sports medicine or related professions and will help them prepare to manage injuries and emergencies.
This sports medicine book has 25 chapters:
Fitness Professionals, Coaches, and the Sports Medicine Team: Defining Roles
Organizing and Administering an Athletic Health Care Program
Legal Liability and Insurance
Preventing Injuries Through Fitness Training
Sports Nutrition and Supplements
Selecting and Using Protective Sports Equipment
Understanding the Potential Dangers of Adverse Environmental Conditions
Handling Emergency Situations and Injury Assessment
Bloodborne Pathogens, Universal Precautions, and Wound Care
Wrapping and Taping Techniques
Understanding the Basics of Injury Rehabilitation
Helping the Injured Athlete Psychologically
Recognizing Different Sports Injuries
The Foot and Toes
The Ankle and Lower Leg
The Knee and Related Structures
The Thigh, Hip, Groin, and Pelvis
The Shoulder Complex
The Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, and Hand
The Thorax and Abdomen
The Head, Face, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
General Medical Conditions and Additional Health Concerns
Preventing and Managing Injuries in Young Athletes
This textbook also includes action plans and checklists to provide the practical tools needed to get started in sports medicine.
Essentials of Athletic Injury Management is a good choice for teachers who are looking to cover the care of athletic injuries. The digital access and associated learning materials will help you prepare your students for examination more easily.
Which Sports Medicine Curriculum Is Right for You?
So what’s the best way to teach your sports medicine to your students? It depends!
While textbooks can be a great starting point, many health science teachers find using a digital curriculum like HealthCenter21 in conjunction with their sports medicine books is the perfect way to keep students engaged while preparing them for their future careers.
With more than 1,000 hours of curriculum content, HealthCenter21 offers a comprehensive, one-stop resource. You can use the curriculum across multiple classes and save time with planning and grading so that you can spend your time focused on teaching your students.
Wondering how a digital curriculum like HealthCenter21 could fit into your sports medicine classes? Discover our recommendations to see if it’s right for your needs: