Sports Medicine Curriculum


You can buy your textbooks online. Find the sports medicine textbook list here.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS-SM program will be able to:

  1. Develop evidence informed treatment plans for athletes and active populations.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate care of injuries for athletes and active populations.
  3. Develop evidence informed performance enhancement plans for athletes and active populations.
  4. Utilize emergency, urgent and first aid procedures for athletes and active populations.
  5. Apply supplemental strategies based upon clinical needs of athletes and active populations.
  6. Communicate knowledge of the evidence-based guidelines for working with special population in exercise and sport.
  7. Apply ethical and professional practices in sports care.


The sports medicine program features guest lecturers to complement the curriculum and provide insights on the world of sports medicine.

Guest lecturers have included:

  • Dr. Tom Hyde, DC: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR) technique
  • Don Soldinger, University of Miami Football Coach: Integration of sports chiropractic in DIV I Football
  • Dr. Sheila Wilson, DC: Active Release Technique (ART), Graston soft tissue treatment
  • Dr. Jay Shah, MD, physiatrist, Head Researcher at National Institute of Health: Fascia and soft tissue treatment

Guest lecturers vary by term.


The sports medicine program is a seven-quarter graduate professional master’s degree program designed to provide students with advanced training in the prevention, evaluation and management of injuries and disorders affecting athletes and others participating in sports activities. As a professional master’s degree, it is targeted at students with prior training in the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. This audience includes chiropractic program students, chiropractic physicians, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other health care providers.

The UWS catalog houses the curriculum, course descriptions, curriculum sequence and other helpful information about the program. View the current catalog.


The master’s in sports medicine program prides itself on the ability to deliver hands-on field experiences to its students through a wide variety of sports and organizations. We maintain this opportunity while also holding our students and clinicians to the highest levels and standards of safety of our patients and greater community.

To achieve this goal, our practicum participation at Oregon high school athletic programs currently requires annual registration, criminal background checks and acceptance of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) directives, as well as Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) by our staff and students, as required under Oregon state law. This process will be handled by your practicum course instructors during the appropriate stage in your program.

Fees for the registration and background checks vary by year. UWS practicum course students are required to cover the fees. Applicable fees are to be paid by the student through school district processes, and completion of all forms and criminal background check procedures, including digital fingerprinting, are a prerequisite to entering the practicum course sequence. As these fees are required for the practicum course sequence, they are financial aid eligible.