Meet Issaquah High’s Todd Parsons, who runs the Sports Medicine program. The program features three different levels of Sports Medicine, each one building on the previous, as well as two different levels of internships in which class participants become student athletic trainers working exclusively with a high school sports team.
In Sports Medicine 1 students study injury recognition and prevention, sport conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, emergency care, first aid, and more to gain an understanding of the basic health concepts familiar to all medical careers. Students who continue onto levels 2 and 3 learn more about the specific structure and functions of the human body, including foot and ankle, thigh and knee, hip and spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Wrapping, taping, and rehabilitation techniques are also taught and practiced to be applied during required time in the athletic training room and/or at sporting events. Students are also able to complete their hands-on internship experience at sports and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care related institutions.
In April of each school year a team of students from Parsons’ program compete in the state tournament, hosted by the Washington Career & Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA). Since the 2012-13 school year the Issaquah High team has placed first, securing the state championship. The team also competes in the National High School Sports Medicine Competition Championships, which happen in May, presented by the American Academic Competition Institute (AACI). The 2016-17 school year marked the fifth Division ACCI National Championship title for Issaquah High, and the third Grand AACI National Championship.
For more information on WCTSMA, please visit their website here: http://www.wctsma.com/