Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries is a class taught at Laramie High school by Nancy Goldsmith-Perry that teaches students in all grade levels about how to care for and prevent injuries.

In the class, students learn bone and muscle terminology, injury recognition and evaluation and how to properly tape athletic injuries.

Students also study blood-borne pathogens, first aid, concussion protocol, action plans for emergencies, treatments for injuries and HIPPA.  

“Remembering the terminology is going to be the hardest part because it is so important,” Serena Montez said.

“Students tend to gain an appreciation for signs and symptoms of an injury that could be dangerous,” Goldsmith-Perry said, and learn how the bones and muscles function during and after an injury occurred.

“I actually liked learning about the terminology because it was interesting,” Sarah Wallac said, “And once we learn all the terminology then we will be able to understand doctor language.”

In the class, Care and Prevention of athletic injuries the students are required to volunteer for 20 hours in the training room time or during home games/athletic sporting events.  

“I think the hardest part of the class is getting the 20 hours because you need to be motivated,” Isabel Polidora said.

To help students achieve the 20 hours there is a 5-hour deadline every few weeks that motivates students to get their hours completed.

During the training room, volunteer time students watch evaluations and diagnosis and then treatment plans of LHS athletes. When the students volunteer during games, they help the athletes, watch for injury precautions and are an assistant for Mrs. Goldsmith-Perry.  

Students typically take this class if they plan on going into a medical field and want to be more aware of injury-medicine or just for fun.

“I am interested in going into sports medicine or physical therapy, so I thought this class could give me insight into what exactly I want to do,” Wallac said.

 

Current students said this class is informative and interesting.   To learn the concept of the human body and how it functions and being able to help treat actual injuries is rewarding.

“The most interesting part of the class is working with [Mrs.] G,” said Wallac, “it’s fun to see the actual work that she does for the athletes. I’ve also enjoyed learning the proper terms for movements of the body and the bones and muscles.”  

Right now, her students are learning about muscle identification and how they function.

Later this semester the students will start learning how to tape injuries.  They will practice how to tape fingers, arches, wrists and ankles.

“I am super excited for being able to tape an ankle because I have always been wanting to learn,” Montez said.

Students look forward to learning the fundamentals of taping an injury.

“I know at the end of the year we will be able to tape each other’s ankles so I’m super excited about that,” Wallac said.