• Sports Medicine I Course Syllabus

    Dr. William Brightman DC, MS, MEd



    Phone: 914-607-6773


    Course Description

    The course is designed to introduce students to the components of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science including; Career Exploration; Anatomy & Physiology; Exercise science; Health & Wellness; Disease and Injury prevention; Assessments and Treatment.   

    Due to the broad nature of Sports Medicine, there will be an emphasis on all aspects of the field so that the student has a broad understanding of the different markets associated with sports medicine. 

    The course will be daily for 2 hours and will be presented in the following format. Each day there will be a  lecture for 30  minutes, followed by a daily ‘hands-on’ lab that simulates real world application and a chance to do independent work at the end. The student will be presented with the latest in Sports Medicine literature and technique so that they will be contemporary and have the best information available. (Due to COVID there will be modifications in format, however, hands on learning will be applied when appropriate, along with lecture, and independent work on sports med topics).

    The foundation of the course will be in the health sciences behind Sports Medicine with emphasis on anatomical and physiological concepts as it relates to exercise, performance, injuries, and rehabilitation. The students will cover all the major systems and learn hundreds of health and fitness assessments along the way. The course will provide the student with not just a foundation in sports medicine but all the Allied Health Science fields should they choose to enter. If not, they will walk away with a broad foundation in medicine, a potential certification in personal training, and qualifications for the workforce as an aide.  


    The expectations will revolve around daily attendance, effort (completion of assignments and study habits), participation, conduct, behavior, attitude, appreciation, and informal as well as formal assessments.    If your goal is to learn what you can, prepare for your future, and have fun along the way then you will adhere to a daily routine that permits you to meet your objectives. 



    • Stay ENGAGED with YOUR own learning and YOUR own PROGRESS 
    • Be fully AWARE of your environment (teachers, peers, and the physical environment)
    • Contribute in a way that makes you comfortable.
    • Kindness, consideration, and empathy go further than you think!
    • “Don’t talk when others’ are talking”
    • Cell Phones...Give them up! 
    • Set HIGH STANDARDS  for your effort, conduct, and own learning. 
    • Have an  APPRECIATION of  those invested in you. 
    • Have FUN!


    Grading Policy: (80% assignments & assessments; 10% subjective; 10% English)


    ASSIGNMENTS/ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION: This part of the grade will be daily assignments and participation. If you complete them they will be marked off and counted for credit.  There will be daily assignments to complete. The assignments are relevant to the topic we are discussing. It is expected that these assignments can be done in the time allotment for class. This is a big part of the overall grade. 

    ASSESSMENTS: I am varying this portion of the course this year but will still assess you to make sure you have a baseline of understanding on the topic before we move forward. The assessments are not intended to overwhelm you but rather encourage and motivate you to learn and understand material. If you do not fare well on tests I will give you the opportunity to improve upon your grade by retaking quiz or test. 


    NOTE: If you complete ALL the assignments and assessments you will automatically receive a 80 in the class. (even if you do not fare well on the exams you will retake to bring grade up). 10% is the subjective part of the class. 

    I will add point value to your overall grade if I see professionalism as you enter and leave the class on a daily basis. I will look for strong character traits (generosity, sincerity, devotion, kindness, respect, grit, optimism, and social intelligence. These traits along with  other soft skills that are critical to have in order to succeed in life. They will also be incorporated into this class. 


    **NOTE: 10% of your sports medicine I grade will be how you do in English. English at the Tech Center is incorporated into your sports medicine I grade. The English will be driven by sports medicine related topics, as well as resume writing skills, and career exploration. 



    Due to changes this year with COVID the format will look different but the concepts will remain the same. We will do hands on learning when we can, lecture and discuss, and independently research and follow through on relevant topics in sports medicine and health science. The topics will be interesting and we will not spend copious time on one area but rather provide you with an overview of all sports medicine, health science, and anatomy topics. 


    Sports Medicine I Topics  



    • History of Medicine (Including Sports Medicine) & Health
    • Career Exploration in Sports Medicine, Health, & Fitness
    • Introduction to Kinesiology (study of human movement)
    • The Skeletal System with an introduction to “palpation”(to “feel” and understand bony  landmarks)
    • Muscular System with understanding of sports injuries, assessments and rehabilitation  by sports medicine specialists (muscle testing and taping)
    • Musculoskeletal Injuries, Disorders, and the science behind Ergonomics (how we sit, stand, and sleep)
    • Introduction to Sports Nutrition
    • Brain & Nervous System
    • Concussions in Sports
    • Introduction to Radiology (what are X rays, MRI’s, and CT scans)
    • Body Composition & Weight Management
    • Exercise Science, Fitness, and Sport Conditioning
    • Sport & Leisure
    • Exercise & Health
    • Environment & the Athlete


    Textbooks & material: A textbook is not required in this class. Keep your material organized throughout the year as it will benefit you for not only this course this and next year, but in future if you decide to pursue sports medicine or health science. The notes you have will be greatly beneficial in college!

    I may reference several texts along the way but mostly material will be teacher driven. 

    The following texts  may be used as a reference during the sports medicine course

    Structure and Function of the Human Body; 9th edition; Barbara Cohen, Jason Taylor

    Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training; 2nd edition; Robert c. France

    Advanced Concepts of Personal Training; Brian Biagioli

    Essentials of Strength and Conditioning; NCSA; Thomas Baechle and Roger Earle

    ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer; 4th edition; Lippincott; Williams & Wilkins