Are you interested in a career as a Physician, Certified Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Nutritionist, or Sports Psychologist just to name a few professions under the Sports Medicine umbrella?
Grayson Tech Sports Medicine pathway offers high school students a unique opportunity to receive valuable educational experience in the classroom, hands-on learning, and the opportunity to work side by side with Sports Medicine professionals during internships.
Sports Medicine is one of the fastest-growing health fields and is projected to grow 21 percent faster as compared to other professions alike. You’ll be motivated and encouraged by helping people maintain a healthy and successful lifestyle and getting patients back to what they love to do. Sports medicine encompasses a broad range of settings such as clinical settings, industrial, military, secondary schools, collegiate sports, student-health outreach services, professional sports, and specialized settings such as dance, Broadway, etc. In addition, careers in sports medicine include physicians, physician assistant, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, and chiropractors.
The Sports Medicine Program focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, education, evaluation, and therapeutic treatment of exercise, physical, general, and or sports-related injuries. This program offers you the opportunity to play a key role in people’s lives with the unique ability to teach and inspire them to maintain a healthy life status. You will learn a team-work approach to managing injuries and or medical conditions with other health professionals in the medical field.
You will learn the various Modality methods—ultrasound, ice, heat, stretching, rehabilitation, and electrical muscle stimulation as well as simple manual methods such as massage. Also, labs are offered throughout the semester to give students hands-on experience and base clinical skills for injury recognition, treatment, and care. Students will also receive and complete a professional rescuer course for the American Heart Association and learn basic emergency care methods. In addition, the Grayson Technical Program offers an off-site shadowing experience to each student in a respective field of sports medicine. Each internship is specifically designed to intrigue the student and give the student an opportunity to learn and observe valuable information about their interests. Learning and observing real-world experiences is important and serves as a key foundation with Grayson High School Sports Medicine Program.
With the hands-on education and training in the Sports Medicine Program, you will study a solid foundation of base material including an array of Sciences including Biology, Chemistry, and comprehensive human anatomy including muscular and skeletal components. With this knowledge, you’ll be advantaged and prepared to start and enter a program of study with sports medicine and pursue a career in the field of sports medicine.
This course will fulfill the fourth year science requirement toward graduation. The Sports Medicine Program also offers the Move on When Ready Program, which gives students an opportunity to earn eight college credits for free.
Degrees and Certifications:
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Eddie Knox moved to Gwinnett County shortly after attending college at Valdosta State University. He studied athletic training at Valdosta State University and proceeded to work in a diverse dynamic setting in Atlanta, Georgia. Passionate about sports medicine, he was given the opportunity to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2009. Shortly afterwards, in year 2010, Eddie moved to Gwinnett County and started working in the clinical setting as a certified athletic trainer. He began athletic training outreach through Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Program. Eddie has been actively working in the sports medicine field for eight years and has plans to continue the direction of sports medicine through interactive public health and athletic training services. Currently, he works with the Mountain View High School program and is actively involved in sports medicine daily activities as the Head Athletic Trainer. In addition, Eddie has completed his Master Degree of Public Health, with a focus in epidemiology from Benedictine University. He has interacted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, and piloted a injury prevention program for agencies in the state of georgia. With encouragement from health professionals alike, Eddie has continued to embrace new opportunities of development in the field of athletic training and sports medicine. These new opportunities include research and publication additions. In his free time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, recreational activities, and DIY projects.
Degrees and Certifications:
Jane Loudermilk is the Sports Medicine instructor at Grayson Tech. She graduated from Samford University in 2008 with a degree in education and minor in Biology. After graduation she taught at a small private school in Birmingham, Alabama while getting a master's degree in education. Jane and her family moved from Alabama to Cincinnati, Ohio where she worked with a special education program, coached varsity volleyball and her husband was an athletic director. Upon moving to Georgia she was hired to teach Physical Education and Health at Shiloh Middle School. After leaving Shiloh, she taught at Norton Elementary school. Then moved to Mountain View High School to teach Health and Physical Education while coaching with the varsity volleyball team. For the last two years Jane has been working at 180 Sports Performance where she trained all levels of athletes in sport performance and return to play rehab. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Colleges and Universities
- Valdosta State University
- North Georgia College
- University of Georgia
- Georgia College and State University
- Georgia Southern
- Physical Therapist
- Physician Assistant
- Athletic Trainer
- Orthopedic Surgeon
- Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
- Clinical Injury Recognition
- Modality Use
- Massage Techniques
- Rehabilitation and Exercise therapy
- Nutrition Management
- Continuing Education
- And much more!
- Injury Recognition and Epidemiology
- Joint Taping, wrapping and Stretching Methods
- Modality Methods
- Body Systems
- Sports Nutrition
- Exercise Physiology