The Sports Medicine Club meets after school usually in the evenings after athletic events (ie. 6:00 or 7:00 pm on select nights in the Fall and Spring sports seasons. The meetings are typically held in the athletic training room. During the meetings, various topics in the field of Sports Medicine, such as nutrition, injury prevention, etiology, evaluations and treatment are discussed. In addition to the field of sports medicine, other allied health professions such as physical, occupational, and massage therapies, chiropractic medicine, podiatry and orthopedics may also be discussed via guest speakers.
Students who want credit for club participation are required to obtain a minimum of 40 points. (Points are achieved by attending meetings and performing observation hours either in the athletic training room with Mr. Koch or at a healthcare facility. 20 of the points must be completed prior to the winter break. The last 20 must be completed prior to Memorial Day). Points are obtained by attending meetings: 2 points for each meeting; 1 point for 1 hour of observation during school hours and 2 points per hour of observation performed after school. If hours are performed at an off -site location (physical therapy clinic), a letter on company letterhead must be provided to Mr. Koch as proof of completion of hours. During their observations in the high school athletic training room, they are taught basic first aid principles, taping and padding techniques as well as some injury evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. At no time are they allowed to treat an athlete. It is recommended that the students perform a minimum of 2.5 hours per month in order to complete the requirement.
There is a $20 fee to join the club which includes the cost of a sports medicine club shirt and expenses for field trips. A parent or guardian as well as the interested students must sign a contract stating that the student will abide by the rules of the club or they will not receive credit for participation.In the past, the club has gone on field trips to various domains within the allied health professions. Some examples are as follows: Newark Hospital-trauma unit; Rutgers University’s Athletic Training facilities, Seton Hall University’s Athletic Training/Physical Therapy facilities.
Sports Medicine Club Participates in Seton Hall Training Day
The School of Health and Medical Sciences sponsored a Seton Hall Athletic Training Day in recognition of Athletic Training Month on Friday, March 15th. Students from local high schools in Clifton and Roxbury attended the campus program focused on providing valuable information to those interested in a career in athletic training. Click here to read more.