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Sports Medicine

Program Description

This two-semester course provides instruction and career awareness in the field of Sports Medicine. This fast-growing health care field focuses on helping clients improve their athletic performance, recover from injury, and prevent future injuries.

Sports medicine specialists treat professional and recreational athletes, as well people with disabilities and those who wish to increase their mobility and physical capabilities.

With its rigorous academics, a high level of independent study will be expected of students enrolled in this program. Training is divided into academic coursework and, for qualified students, hands-on clinical experience.

Sports Medicine students learn:

  • Prevention, treatment, taping, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries
  • First response to injuries
  • Anatomy and body systems
  • Cell and tissue structure
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Pharmacology and nutrition
  • Kinesiology
  • Client services

Professional certification opportunities

CPR Certification


Sports Medicine students should have a ā€œCā€ or better in Biology/Life Science and solid reading comprehension skills.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 general elective units each semester toward their high school graduation.

College prep course. Meets area ā€œGā€ approval for UC admission.


Sports Medicine is a dual enrollment class with the following CSU Bakersfield courses:

  • KINE 1020 - CPR, First Aid, and AED (1 units)
  • KINE 2100 - Sports Medicine 1: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3 units)

Students may simultaneously enroll with CSUB while taking this class at ROC in order to earn 4 units of CSUB credit in addition to the above high school credit.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class that instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Sport Medicine students often pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Practice of Medicine
  • Athletic Training
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Sports Chiropractic