The Heights

Updated: March 09, 2017

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Unique partnership with local high school provides hands-on learning opportunities

Foothill College is offering a series of sports medicine classes this year with Mountain View High School (MVHS) that provide high school students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the fast-growing field. Instructor and athletic trainer Warren Voyce, worked closely with Marti McGuirk, MVHS guidance counselor to coordinate the classes, which include Prevention of Athletic Injuries and Emergency Athletic Injury Care.

“We’re hoping to give students an understanding of what a career in sports medicine is like and what it will take to get to that career from an educational standpoint,” says Voyce. “There are so many careers you can take advantage of, including nursing, physical therapy, and athletic training."

The two courses cover similar concepts. Prevention of Athletic Issues focuses on preventing injuries through techniques like stretching and preventative taping, while Emergency Athletic Injury Care examines post-injury rehabilitation methods. It also includes American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification. Voyce hopes to also incorporate internships into the curriculum, allowing students to apply their skills to real-world situations. 

“Even without the internships, we do a lot of hands-on learning,” Voyce said. “Students often partner up together and practice stretches and basic injury care with each other.”

Nearly 30 students enrolled in the class, which is taught on the MVHS campus, this fall, and the school hopes another 30 will enroll this spring. The courses are open to anyone who is interested and there are sections taught on the Foothill campus. 

Voyce recommends the class to “anybody who’s interested in finding out about sports medicine or a career in sports medicine,” such as orthopedic surgery, nursing, stretching/conditioning training or coaching. There are no prerequisites. High school students are encouraged to speak with a counselor if interested. All others may register through Foothill College’s online application system.

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