Sports medicine – an academic pathway for achieving future success

Darrick Linenberger tapes an athletes foot in preparation for an upcoming football game.

Darrick Linenberger tapes an athlete’s foot in preparation for an upcoming football game.

Sports medicine is an academic pathway South Hills students can take to help prepare them for their future career.

“I would recommend sports medicine if they would like to pursue a career in the medical field,” Karlett Morales (9) said.

Taking sports medicine gives students first-hand experience on how to test blood pressure, wrap injuries, and clean wounds. Those are just a few examples, there is a lot more to learn.

“I would join because it helps you get more involved and gives you experience if you want to get into that industry,” Leila Ramirez (9) said.

Sports medicine prepares students for numerous career options, including being an athletic trainer, a physical therapist, or an occupational therapist. There are also nurses and nutritionists that specialize in sports. 

“By taking sports medicine you can take the things you learn and apply them to various professions,” Sports medicine teacher, Darrick Linenberger, said.

Sports medicine offers students the tools needed to pursue medicine. Students are able to explore their options and get a feel of what they want to do for their future. 

“I think that’s the cool thing because they get a little bit of nutrition, they get a little touch of all of them [different career options] and they can be like ‘Nope not for me’ or ‘Yes that’s awesome I love that part.’ So it’s kind of neat because there’s a little bit of everything and the cool thing is, we’re actually doing blood pressure right now, and blood pressure is used for everything, so you can use it as a nurse or as a cardiologist so I think that’s kind of cool too,”  Linenberger said.