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Are you interested in a career as a Physician, Certified Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Nutritionist, or Sports Psychologist just to name a few professions under the Sports Medicine umbrella?

Grayson Tech Sports Medicine pathway offers high school students a unique opportunity to receive valuable educational experience in the classroom, hands on learning, and the opportunity to work side by side with Sports Medicine professionals during internships.

Sports Medicine is one of the fastest growing health fields and is projected to grow 21 percent faster as compared to other professions alike. You’ll be motivated and encouraged by helping people maintain a healthy and successful lifestyle and getting patients back to what they love to do. Sports medicine encompasses a broad range of settings such as, clinical settings, industrial, military, secondary schools, collegiate sports, student-health outreach services, professional sports, and specialized settings such as dance, Broadway, etc. In addition, careers in sports medicine include physicians, physician-assistant, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers and chiropractors.

The Sports Medicine Program focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, education, evaluation and therapeutic treatment of exercise, physical, general and or sports related injuries. This Program offers you the opportunity to play a key role in people’s lives with the unique ability to teach and inspire them to maintain a healthy life status. You will learn a team-work approach to managing injuries and or medical conditions with other health professionals in the medical field.

You will learn the various Modality methods—ultrasound, ice, heat, stretching, rehabilitation and electrical muscle stimulation as well as simple manual methods such as massage. Also, labs are offered throughout the semester to give students hands on experience and base clinical skills for injury recognition, treatment and care. Students will also receive and complete a professional rescuer course for the American Heart Association and learn basic emergency care methods. In addition, the Grayson Technical Program offers an off-site shadowing experience to each student in a respective field of sports medicine. Each internship is specifically designed to intrigue the student and give the student an opportunity to learn and observe valuable information about their interests. Learning and observing real-world experiences is important and serves as a key foundation with Grayson High School Sports Medicine Program.

With the hands-on education and training in the Sports Medicine Program, you will study a solid foundation of base material including an array of Sciences including Biology, Chemistry, and comprehensive human anatomy including muscular and skeletal components. With this knowledge, you’ll be advantaged and prepared to start and enter a program of study with sports medicine and pursue a career in the field of sports medicine.

This course will fulfill the fourth year science requirement toward graduation. The Sports Medicine Program also offers the Move on When Ready Program, which gives students an opportunity to earn 8 college credits for free.

 

Skills Learned

    • Injury Recognition and Epidemiology
    • Joint Taping, wrapping and Stretching Methods
    • Modality Methods
    • Body Systems
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Exercise Physiology

    Daily Activities

    • Clinical Injury Recognition
    • Modality Use
    • Massage Techniques
    • Rehabilitation and Exercise therapy
    • Nutrition Management
    • Continuing Education
    • And much more!

    Careers

    • Physical Therapist
    • Physician Assistant
    • Athletic Trainer
    • Orthopedic Surgeon
    • Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

    Colleges

    • Valdosta State University
    • North Georgia College
    • University of Georgia
    • Georgia College and State University
    • Georgia Southern
    • There are many more colleges that offer sports medicine programs. Visit this link for more information.

    Mr. Eddie Knox

    SPORTS MEDICINE

    “Promoting safe and healthy communities one step at a time”

    Eddie Knox moved to Gwinnett County shortly after attending college at Valdosta State University. He studied athletic training at Valdosta State University and proceeded to work in a diverse dynamic setting in Atlanta, Georgia. Passionate about sports medicine, he was given the opportunity to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2009. Shortly afterwards, in year 2010, Eddie moved to Gwinnett County and started working in the clinical setting as a certified athletic trainer. He began athletic training outreach through Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Program. Eddie has been actively working in the sports medicine field for eight years and has plans to continue the direction of sports medicine through interactive public health and athletic training services. Currently, he works with the Mountain View High School program and is actively involved in sports medicine daily activities as the Head Athletic Trainer. In addition, Eddie has completed his Master Degree of Public Health, with a focus in epidemiology from Benedictine University. He has interacted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, and piloted a injury prevention program for agencies in the state of georgia. With encouragement from health professionals alike, Eddie has continued to embrace new opportunities of development in the field of athletic training and sports medicine. These new opportunities include research and publication additions.  In his free time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, recreational activities, and DIY projects.

    Mr. Chip "Doc" McCarty, M.Ed. A.T., C./L.

    SPORTS MEDICINE

    “Doc” McCarty, a National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certified Athletic Trainer, is one of our Sports Medicine Instructors at Grayson Tech.  He is a native of Griffin, GA and was the Student Athletic Trainer for the 1978 Griffin High School State Championship Football team. Doc earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Valdosta State College and his Masters of Education from Valdosta State University. He completed a NFL internship with the Indianapolis Colts during his undergraduate curriculum at VSC. Some of Chip’s Athletic Training experience includes Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy, Warner Robins High School, Bainbridge High School, and Griffin High School.

    In addition, he has previously been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Orthopaedic Technologist. Doc is able use all of his combined experiences in the classroom and bring real life emergency care of sick and injured athletes to applicable use. He was on the committee that helped get Concussion Legislation passed in Georgia.

    He just purchased a home in Gwinnett County and enjoys gardening, yard work, and cooking on his Big Green Egg.

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