Mission

Sports Medicine Student Internship Program

Mission

The mission of YES Dallas SMSIP is to expose interested youth to careers in sports medicine by providing career-related programming activities that emphasize the importance of the responsibilities, preparedness and job opportunities for athletic trainers. This program instills responsibility, accountability, leadership, and professionalism in our interns. It provides a platform to observe and experience the profession of athletic training under the supervision and guidance of a licensed and certified athletic trainer. This internship develops and educates students to become productive members of health-related professions and our society.

Goals

  • Prepare students for a career in sports medicine; specifically, athletic training
  • Provide education and experience specific to athletic training and sports medicine
  • Give students a unique opportunity to serve the community and represent the YES Dallas Initiative
  • Help students develop professionalism, responsibility, leadership and teamwork


2020-2021 Student Interns Highlights

Learning Experience

CPR and First Aid

Students become certified in CPR/AED and First Aid but the care they may provide to others is limited to the guidelines set by the American Heart Association and/or American Red Cross for CPR and first aid as well as their Staff Athletic Trainer. They learn and understand Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) skills, and first aid skills.

CDC Heads Up

All interns complete The HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training. Taking this online training teaches students how you talk about, prevent, and respond to concussions. Interns help create a safe environment for our young athletes so they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field.

Certifications

Throughout the duration of their internship year, every YES Dallas Sports Medicine Student Intern is equipped with:

  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • CDC Heads Up Certification

Hands on experience

All students learn hands on sports medicine techniques throughout the year we offer taping, bracing, and casting workshops along with general medical equipment labs. The following are a few of the classes and workshops offered thought the duration of the internship:

  • Ankle Taping
  • Knee Taping/Bracing
  • Hip Bracing/Taping
  • General Medical Vitals
  • Graston and Cupping
  • Ankle Injury Prevention
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Spine Boarding
  • Splinting
  • Emergency Medicine

Networking Opportunities

The program provides opportunities for the interns to visit with all types of athletic training and sports medicine professionals such as professional sport, hospital, industrial, university, and corporate professionals. YES Dallas has partnered with professionals from the following organizations to provide opportunities of mentorship and networking for all student interns:

  • Texas Health Resources
  • TLU Athletic Training
  • TCU Athletic Training and Nutrition
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Amazon
  • EXOS
  • Comerica Bank
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Texans
  • UPS
  • SWATA
  • DISD

End of Program Awards Ceremony

Upon completion of the YES Dallas Sports Medicine Student Internship Program student interns are invited to the Annual SMSIP Awards Ceremony. All interns receive a certificate of program completion and program gift we also present our Most Outstanding Intern of the Year Award.

Curriculum Outline

Module #1 Orientation
  • Unit I: Expectations/Policy and Procedure
  • Unit II: Fundamentals of Sports Medicine
  • Unit III: Academic Planning / College Prep I
  • Unit IV: Academic Planning / College Prep II

Module # 2: Careers in Sports Medicine Series
  • Unit I: Orthopedic Surgeon/Team Doctor
  • Unit II: Strength and Conditioning
  • Unit III: Sports Nutritionist
  • Unit IV: Physical Therapist
  • Unit V: Athletic Training – Traditional Roles
  • Unit VI: Non-Traditional Careers in Sports Medicine
  • Unit VII: Challenges of Being a Female in the Sports Industry

Module #3: Introduction to Clinical Care
  • Unit I: CPR/AED Training
  • Unit II: Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Unit III: First Aid/Wound Care Training
  • Unit IV: HIPPA/Patient Confidentiality & Legal Issues
  • Unit V: Concussions and Spinal Injuries
  • Unit VI: Hydration

Module #4: Vitals, First Aid and Taping Part 1
  • Unit I: CPR/AED Training
  • Unit II: Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Unit III: First Aid/Wound Care Training
  • Unit IV: HIPPA/Patient Confidentiality & Legal Issues
  • Unit V: Concussions and Spinal Injuries
  • Unit VI: Hydration

Module #5: Vitals, First Aid and Taping Part 2
  • Unit I: CPR/AED Training
  • Unit II: Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Unit III: First Aid/Wound Care Training
  • Unit IV: HIPPA/Patient Confidentiality & Legal Issues
  • Unit V: Concussions and Spinal Injuries
  • Unit VI: Hydration

Module #6: Prehab vs. Rehab
  • Unit I: CPR/AED Training
  • Unit II: Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Unit III: First Aid/Wound Care Training
  • Unit IV: HIPPA/Patient Confidentiality & Legal Issues
  • Unit V: Concussions and Spinal Injuries
  • Unit VI: Hydration

Module #7: Soft Skills
  • Unit I: Communication
  • Unit II: Self-Motivation
  • Unit III: Leadership
  • Unit IV: Teamwork
  • Unit V: Problem Solving
  • Unit VI: Financial Management & Budgeting
  • Unit VII: Psychological Effects of the Pandemic

Module #8: Academic/Clinical Experiences
  • Unit I: Sports Injury Prevention Free Clinic Prep
  • Unit II: Sports Medicine Careers (Round Table)
  • Unit III: Injury Rounds

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