REVIEW: CTE Online's Sports Medicine Curriculum Blog Feature
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By: Bri Stauffer on December 7th, 2017

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REVIEW: CTE Online's Sports Medicine Curriculum

Health Science | CTE Online | Sports Medicine

Textbooks for foundational health science courses are everywhere, but finding the right resource to teach sports medicine is a big challenge.

We hear this frustration from health science instructors all the time. Though AES doesn’t currently provide sports medicine curriculum, we can still help you teach it!

CTE Online is a popular solution for teaching sports medicine. It has a course outline with specific lessons for sports medicine in high school.

In this post, we’ll explore the CTE Online sports medicine curriculum, look at its pros and cons, and give you an idea of how you can use it in your classroom.

Let’s get started!

About CTE Online


CTE Online is a website created specifically to provide projects, resources, and lesson plans for CTE teachers.

While CTE Online is geared towards educators in California, any CTE teacher can use CTE Online to create or supplement a curriculum.

All of the lessons and resources on the site are developed and provided by educators in the specified field, so you know the curriculum is written by health science teachers and health care professionals.

All you need to access the curriculum is an account with CTE Online. It’s free and easy, like most other online communities.

CTE Online’s High School Sports Medicine Curriculum Resources


CTE Online titles its sports medicine curriculum “Sports Medicine - CTE Online Model.”

The curriculum is oriented toward health careers in sports medicine and introduces students to medical terminology, anatomy, emergency procedures, injury management, and more.

The expected outcomes for a student being taught from this curriculum include:

  • Identifying anatomy and how parts of the body work together
  • Understanding kinesiology, exercise physiology, and principles of exercise training
  • Explaining how different exercises affect the body
  • Recognizing different types of injuries
  • Recognizing and describing elements of therapy for various body parts
  • Explaining basic nutrition
  • Understanding and assisting with treatments
  • Explaining different types of jobs within the field

The sports medicine course model has 22 units (also called “subject areas”) with an estimated 180 hours of class and lab work.

You can see a short overview of each unit, the hours per unit, and links to individual lessons.

Some of the most used units are:

  • Infection Control
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Health Professions & Related Careers
  • Human Anatomy and Terminology
  • Mechanisms and Characteristics of Sport Trauma
  • Therapeutic Modalities and Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Nutrition and Digestion System
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Drugs and Sports
  • Job Seeking/ General Workplace Skills

Each unit has a varying number of lessons. Some only have one while others have five or more.

Now let’s take a deeper look at how the lessons are laid out.

How the Sports Medicine Lessons Are Organized


When you open any lesson, you’ll find the same layout for each one.

Each lesson starts by crediting its creator. If you click the author’s name, you can read their bio to learn what courses they teach and other resources they’ve shared on CTE Online.

Below that, you can find the actual lesson plan.sports-medicine-lesson-layout.jpg

The lesson plan includes an introduction, lesson time, objectives, and full instructions for you to follow. Some lessons also include assessments such as worksheets, demonstrations, projects, and quizzes.

The “Activities in this Lesson” section is the main part of the page. It contains the lesson instructions and related resources for teaching this part of a sports medicine curriculum.

Many lessons also provide the resources you need, including textbook pages, online articles, videos, worksheets, PowerPoints, sound clips, and more.

Overall, there’s a lot of variety to help mix up your teaching style.

What’s Great about the Sports Medicine Curriculum?

CTE Online’s sports medicine curriculum is helpful for a lot of reasons. 

There’s thorough detail in each lesson and activity. With so much information available, this resource can work as a base for your curriculum and save you time in planning and preparing.

Another big plus of the content on CTE Online is that the lessons are all created by health science instructors and health care professionals. Because of this, you know the lessons’ creators are passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced with the information.

Also, all of the content is geared specifically towards high school students, which is great for teachers with students between grades 9 and 12. The information is perfect for your students.

What Could Be Improved?

Like any online resource, this sports medicine curriculum has a few kinks.

Many of the resources are scans of physical textbook pages and workbooks, so they can be blurry or pixelated. You’d need to either use poor printouts or remake them yourself.

Also, “hours” don’t appear to be standardized or consistent. An “hour” sometimes refers to shorter class periods (50 minutes) or scheduled blocks (80 minutes).

That makes it harder for you to schedule these pre-made resources. Check out each lesson to confirm what an “hour” is when you plan your course syllabus.

How You Can Use this Sports Medicine Curriculum


So with all of these lessons at your fingertips, how should you use them in your sports medicine class?

The first step is to map the curriculum resources to your sports medicine course standards (if any apply to you). By mapping the lessons according to standards, you’ll get a well-organized syllabus ready for the classroom.

If you don’t have specific course standards, check out the Secondary School Sports Medicine Course Outline from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Their standardized outline is an overview for what a high school sports medicine course should contain.

Because the outline is provided by NATA, you can be confident that the objectives and activity ideas are up-to-date with professional standards for athletic trainers.

Once you’ve figured out which lessons work with your course, it’s time to work on the actual implementation.

Try approaching each lesson with a blended learning strategy. CTE Online is perfect for this teaching style since the lessons and activities come from a digital source. That gives you a lot of options for lecturing, in-class activities, homework, and more. 

Not sure where to start? Check out this free guide on 4 Strategies for Using Blended Learning in CTE!

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