Exercise Science & Sports Medicine
Careers within health science are continually on the rise. Exercise Science & Sports Medicine are two paths within the field of health science that students can pursue in Lenawee County. Students who participate in this program will gain the skills and knowledge needed to begin their pursuit of a career in Exercise Science or Sports Medicine.
The newest program at the LISD TECH Center introduces students to concepts within the fields of exercise science, health sciences, physical education, and sports medicine. The focus of the program is on the basic concepts of biomechanics, motor learning, exercise physiology, nutrition, and psychological theories, as well as career paths within these associated fields.
To Be Successful
Students in the Exercise Science & Sports Medicine program need to have a strong interest in the human body and exercise science. Students need to have strong science, English, communication, and research skills, as well as a willingness to help others. Students will need transportation to attend clinical rotations.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Program Success Indicators
- Interest in science, general biology, anatomy, and physiology
- Basic computer skills, word processing, presentation, and desktop publishing skills
- Read and comprehend written text
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
- Calculate percentages
- Convert fractions to decimals
- Communicate both verbally and in writing
- Engage in public speaking
- Perform lab activities with oral/written direction
- Take written notes during lecture or reading text
- Interest in program, attentive/positive attitude, and desire to help others
- Follow verbal and written directions and incorporate good communication skills
- Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior
- Open-minded and patient with a sense of empathy
- Good work ethic/habits and good, dependable attendance
- Participate in classroom activities and projects, including independent and group work
- Good organizational skills and time management
- Meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
- Persevere until skill is attained
- Apply critical thinking skills
- Role play as a health care provider and/or patient in order to master patient care skills understanding that facial expressions, body language, and verbalizations are part of the indirect care skills
- Help others and manage multiple projects and assignments
- Accept constructive criticism from peers, instructor, and mentors
- Have an interest in the medical field
- Work with all age level clients with various illness and/or disabilities
- Enjoy working with and caring for others
- Follow health and safety requirements
- Adhere to strict confidentiality requirements (HIPAA)
- Complete a physical and provide/receive up-to-date vaccinations including flu shot and 2-step TB test
- Participate in student organization (HOSA) and career development
- Flexible and open to clinical experiences
- Display professionalism towards sensitive health care topics
- Breakdown word structure for medical terminology
- Tolerate an environment which may include blood, vomit, feces, urine, and stressful situations which may include life-threatening situations
- Enjoy hands-on activities in the lab and classroom
- Comply with clinical site requirement for TB testing, immunizations, drug screens, physicals, appropriate attire, State ID/driver's license, social security number, fingerprinting, background check verification*, and transportation to site.
*Background check cannot reveal any felony or certain misdemeanor convictions, nor a history of violent behavior.
Note: Additional education may be required.
- Physical Therapy Aide
- Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
- Physical Therapist (PT)
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
- Occupational Therapist (OT)
- Athletic Trainer
- Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
- Other health science careers
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 1.0 2nd Science (Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Agriscience)
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 0.5 English Language Arts
- 1.0 Online Learning Experience
- 1.0 4th Math
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
College Credit Opportunities*
Post-secondary credits will be awarded via articulation agreements with local colleges and universities. Statewide articulation agreements currently exist with:
- Baker College
- Ferris State University
- Washtenaw Community College
There is an existing individual articulation agreement with Siena Heights University. Further individual articulation agreements will be pursued with Adrian College and Jackson College.
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
- American Heart Association First Aid & CPR
- American Council of Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Certification
- ACE Personal Trainer Certification
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Group Fitness Instructor Certification
- ACSM Personal Trainer Certification
- Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification
Leah Gomez brings 14 years of experience as an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels, as well as in a clinical setting. She has also been an instructor at many local colleges and universities teaching a multitude of courses in both Biology and Exercise Science. Leah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Wayne State University and her Master of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Leah and her family are avid sports fans and enjoy swimming, playing and watching baseball, and camping.