At AES, one of the most important things to our curriculum team is hearing requests and feedback from teachers like you. Your comments and ideas help guide us when planning the curriculum roadmap.
Occasionally, teachers ask if we have any curriculum to help teach sports medicine classes. There aren’t many resources appropriate for CTE students out there for sports medicine programs, so we understand why you’re asking!
While some teachers use AES as a supplement in their sports medicine classes, our curriculum doesn’t include content specific to careers in sports medicine.
In this article, you’ll learn:
How Do Teachers Use HealthCenter21 as a Supplement in Sports Medicine Classes?
While HealthCenter21 can’t be a stand-alone curriculum for sports medicine, many teachers like you use it to supplement their other materials.
To help you make the most of your curriculum, we put together a list of modules recommended for teaching sports medicine classes:
Anatomy and Physiology
CPR and Basic Life Support
Cultural, Social, and Ethnic Diversity
Human Growth and Development
Job Seeking Skills
Rehabilitation and Restorative Care
Wellness and Nutrition
This list is based on the modules that will help your students learn foundational knowledge and skills to support more detailed sports medicine topics. In addition, you’ll also find modules that will help your students develop soft skills necessary for success in the workplace.
The order of the modules is not designed to be a teaching sequence but rather as a starting point for you to develop your teaching plan.
In some cases, your students may have already worked through some of these modules in an introductory course. If that’s the case, you may decide not to include it in your current class or opt to add other modules to your classes to meet your specific needs.
For more detail, read the full article: How to Teach Sports Medicine with HealthCenter21.
Why Doesn’t AES Have a Full Sports Medicine Curriculum?
Watch this video to learn about the factors we consider when planning your curriculum roadmap, or continue reading below:
When reflecting on our mission of empowering lifelong learners and saving teachers time, we want to focus our time and resources on developing curriculum that will impact the greatest number of teachers and students.
Because those resources aren’t endless, we prioritize curriculum development based on teacher requests and enrollment numbers for health science courses.
When looking at sports medicine courses, there are two variables at play.
First, sports medicine isn’t a topic found widely across the entire US. Instead, it’s taught in a few specific regions, and even in those regions, sports medicine programs see lower enrollment numbers than other health science career pathways we work with.
Second, various states and districts teach sports medicine differently, including using different terminology and having a different set of curriculum standards.
These variations make it challenging to create a core piece of sports medicine curriculum that addresses all of the needs of teachers like you.
So, based on the low enrollment numbers and the variations in sports medicine courses across the country, we don't currently plan to develop a whole sports medicine curriculum.
However, we’re currently in the process of redeveloping and expanding our anatomy and physiology curriculum (expected release early 2022).
With this expansion, you’ll see increased coverage of the body systems with roughly 80 new hours of curriculum content.
As part of this process, we’re consulting with many subject matter experts to ensure we have the most up-to-date and informed information on those topics.
For the muscular system, we’re working with a sports medicine subject matter expert. They will share with us a variety of diseases, disorders, and treatments for the muscular system. This work will improve the depth of coverage for the muscular system and provide you with more content to supplement your sports medicine courses.
Where Can I Find Other Sports Medicine Teaching Materials?
So now you know how you can use HealthCenter21 to supplement your lessons and why we don’t currently have a whole sports medicine curriculum.
But you’re probably wondering what other materials you can use to teach sports medicine courses.
Click below to discover popular sports medicine textbooks we hear about from teachers like you: