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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 as 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 “C” 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 “G” approval for UC admission.


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

  • KINE 1020 - CPR, First Aid, and AED (1 unit)
  • 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

Advisory Board/Industry Partners

The Advisory Board provides crucial guidance for the Sports Medicine program at ROC. These industry partners have generously donated their time and expertise to share industry trends, offer assistance, and ensure the curriculum is providing the highest levels of training and career development opportunities for our students. 


Zach Luce, Owner

Engage Physical Therapy


Steven Jelmini, Clinic Director

Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy


Paul Caudillo, Clinic Director

Pair and Moratta


Jared Eskew, Clinic Director

Central Valley Physical Therapy


Chris Persel, Director of Rehabilitation

Centre for Neuro Skills


Mike Medeiros, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Bakersfield College


Kris Grappendorf, Chair

CSU, Bakersfield Department of Kinesiology


Mike Wilkins, Senior Athletic Trainer

California State University, Bakersfield


Rashel Campos, Director of Nursing

Southern California Orthopedic Institute


Chad Drown, Head Athletic Trainer

Bakersfield Condors


Ryan Beckwith, Owner

Athletes’ Advantage Academy (A3)


Eric Mahanke, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Carr Elite