"Ballard's sports medicine program and similar ones at Chief Sealth and West Seattle high schools are still in the early stages, but district officials hope to build a two-year track that will prepare students for sports medicine careers by studying subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and injury prevention.
Students can earn both high school and college credit for the courses, as well as pick up professional certifications and training in first aid, CPR and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Real-world experiences like Palmesano is getting are also an important part of the curriculum, said Roxanne Trees, a Seattle Public Schools career and technical education specialist who is helping develop the district's sports medicine program."
This is the kind of program that kids who like hands-on work go for plus they get certification that can help them with a lifeguard job or camp counselor job. It might encourage some to go on to other areas of sports medicine like physical therapy or even med school.
"Seattle Children's hospital, which contracts with Seattle Public Schools to provide part-time athletic trainers at the district's high schools, has helped pay some of the startup costs, and a representative sits on the advisory board that oversees the district's sports medicine programs.
The schools get about $1,500 a year for supplies, which at Ballard is supplemented by grants from the school's foundation.
Still, with the district facing a projected budget shortfall next year, Murphy is kicking around the idea of organizing a 5K fundraising run in Ballard in May to help sustain the program. He grows animated when talking about the race, and about his ideas for next year's classes."Note that Ballard's foundation is able t0 supplement so thank you Ballard alums. This sounds like program that needs sustaining.