Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is designed to introduce the student to the vocabulary, theories, principles and skills involved with the rapidly growing field of Sports Medicine. Sports Medicine is a multidisciplinary approach for those involved in sports, involving a variety of professionals, such as physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, and nutritionists. This course will place a special emphasis on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The goal is to take the principles learned in the classroom and apply them during the required field experience. Laboratory activities are included to increase student retention and comprehension of the course material. Attention will be given to protective equipment, and prophylactic taping, wrapping, and bracing; Acute Injury Management – including emergency care and universal precautions; and basic Health Care Administration. The course content is designed to help build a sound foundation for the student seeking a career in the health care industry. Students from this class can also participate in an after school Student Athletic Training Program that will allow them hands-on field experience. This class is currently articulated with Mt. SAC’s Sports Medicine (Kinesiology) curriculum. Therefore, students who pass this class can expect to earn college credit towards their transcript.