DOBSON — Many local athletes are about to graduate from high school, but at Surry Community College, eight students have wrapped up their training in another sport-related field: sports medicine technology.
The certification program prepares students to work in the sports medicine field by emphasizing the learning objectives of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the professional domains of competency set by the Board of Certification for the athletic trainer.
Upon completion of the two-part course, students are eligible to take a national certification exam with a number of nationally accredited organizations including NASM, ACE, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).
A prior graduating class saw every student who took the exam make a passing grade.
For some students, being certified in sports medicine technology helps them better perform the jobs they already hold, while others see this as the first step in reaching for higher medical goals.
According to SCC, students noted that one of the primary reasons for enrolling in the Sports Medicine Technology course was career advancement. Many students explained they were taking the course in order to acquire the knowledge needed to enter the health and wellness industry, while others hoped to augment their preexisting qualifications as a means of advancement in their current professions.
The sports medicine technology course proved highly beneficial for these ambitious students in attaining their goals. Four of the eight students have accepted positions at fitness and wellness centers where they will use what they learned to help others with their wellness needs.
Two other students received job promotions upon completing the course, while yet another student is now putting Sports Medicine Technology lessons to the test by providing athletic training needs at a local school.
Others who have enrolled in the Sports Medicine Technology course did so to prepare themselves better for seeking higher degrees like Surry’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, two of which are currently in the interview portion of the PTA application process.
Making up the recent graduates are: Summer Blevins of Sparta, Isabeau Clark of Hamptonville, Matthew Gordon of Dobson, Jason Hutchins of Dobson, Daniel Inman of Mount Airy, Dustin Ledford of Dobson, Shane Mosely of King, and Krista Norman of Harmony.