Patient Care (Sports Medicine & Athletic Training)

Evergreen Valley High School

Pathway Contact

Charity Wooden
(408) 347-7291

Are you looking for a path that combines the thrill of sports, critical thinking, and the opportunity to embark on a medical career? Patient Care (Sports Medicine & Athletic Training) might be the perfect pathway.

By the end of the Patient Care (SMAT) program you’ll be able to:

  • Basic Muscle and Bone Anatomy
  • Take Vital Signs
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Assess Athletic Injuries
  • EAP (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Basic Taping and Injury Modalities

What types of real-world opportunities do you offer?

  • Field trips to local Higher Ed programs with SMAT programs
  • Internships in Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Clinics (SMAT 2)

Can I get college credit?

  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • UC “G” Approved Course (College Preparatory Elective)

How will this program advance my career and college path?

  • Problem Solving and Crisis Management
  • Organizational Skills

Students who have completed the Patient Care (SMAT) Pathway have gone on to become:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches


Patient Care (SMAT) is not just about helping athletes perform at their best; it’s a dynamic field that combines various aspects of healthcare, sports, and problem solving. SMAT is a unique and enriching pathway to the medical field.

Student athletic trainers get hands-on experience in assessing and treating sports-related injuries. This practical experience is a stepping stone towards becoming medical professionals like sports physicians, physical therapists, or chiropractors.

Patient Care (SMAT) exposes students to various disciplines, including sports science, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. This interdisciplinary approach broadens their knowledge base and prepares them for diverse medical specialties.

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