Intro to Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Prerequisite: Min 2.0 GPA; 90% attendance record; Biology I with C or Better; reading, writing,
and math at 10th grade level.
Recommended: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Health Careers, Chemistry, Psychology.
Prepare for a rewarding career as a valued member of the physical therapy team while learning all about the human body, specific disorders, and the way physical therapists treat these disorders. Students will explore the history of physical therapy and the relationships between physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, physical therapy aides, and sports medicine professionals. Students will learn how to communicate effectively by using proper medical terminology with other health care professionals and patients. Students will learn proper body mechanics and how to safely move patients. Students will come to understand how to help patients walk with assistive devices like walkers, crutches, and canes. Students will also investigate various balance and coordination disorders. Students will learn to show understanding of common physical therapy techniques, including the use of heat and cold modalities, and their effects on the body. Students will learn about injury recognition and prevention, along with exercise programming and nutrition and weight management. By the time students finish this course, they will have gained valuable knowledge and be well on the way to becoming an important member of the physical therapy and sports medicine team! Students in this course will have the opportunity to earn their OSHA 10-Healthcare and CPR certifications.