Dive into the world of sports injuries

Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments

Your favorite quarterback is out with a concussion. Will he return for the 4th quarter? You’re playing tennis and you feel your shoulder pop. What’s going on? Get the answers in this course on sports medicine. We’ll focus on 3 common injuries — ACL tear, shoulder dislocation and concussion. Plus, you’ll learn about traumas and treatments of star athletes. This online course is a must if you seek a future career in the field — from orthopedic surgeon to athletic trainer. You will learn from Dr. Brian Waterman through video, engage with interactive activities and participate in live sessions with University mentors.

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Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students ages 13+.



Know the Pain Behind the Game

Interested in Sports Medicine? Discover the Opportunities

Get an overview of the field today, and the many careers you could pursue.

Learn How to Diagnose an ACL Knee Injury

Witness a 17-yr. old soccer player’s knee trauma. Learn the anatomy, diagnostic and surgical procedures and prospects for recovery.

Understand How to Treat a Should Injury

What happens when a shoulder is dislocated? What’s the anatomy? How is an injury managed onsite? Does it always require surgery? Learn everything from injury to rehab.

Concussions: Know the Causes and the Consequences

Learn what it means when the cart comes on the field. Look into the ranges of traumatic brain injuries, from minor concussion to spinal cord trauma and current treatment protocols.

Case Studies: An Inside View of Injuries to Major Sports Stars

Ripped from the headlines — famous QBs, pitchers, NBA and track stars. Study their injuries, how they were treated and their outcomes.

Final Project: You Become the Sports Doctor

Choose your patient, whether a family member or sports star in the news, and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Know the signs, the anatomy and treatment options for three common injuries: ACL, shoulder dislocation and concussion
  • Understand the treatment protocols used for major injuries incurred by top athletes
  • Discover exciting careers in the field of sports medicine and where you might fit in
  • Gain insight into the team-based approach to management of sports injuries
  • Work with University mentors in live sessions to get the most out of your studies
  • Learn asynchronously through video and engaging multimedia simulations that allow you the ultimate in flexibility
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University

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3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

  1. Final Capstone Project

    The course culminates with a special Capstone project that allows you to:

    • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in this course
    • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
    • Use video, text, or a presentation to complete your project
  2. Mentoring

    You’ll receive personal guidance from a Wake Forest mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

    • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
    • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
    • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project
  3. Flexible Learning

    • 100% online, works with your schedule
    • 20-25 hours of total asynchronous instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
    • Regular group online sessions with a Wake Forest Mentor
    • Meet fellow students from around the world

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments

October 3 - October 31

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sports Medicine: An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments

December 19 - January 2

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 12, 2021

Meet Your Online Immersion Faculty Member

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Dr. Brian Waterman, Chief and Fellowship Director, Sports Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Waterman is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and complex knee, shoulder, and elbow care. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he currently serves as Chief and Fellowship Director of Sports Medicine and is Team Physician for Wake Forest University (Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer), Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox), U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and several Triad area high schools. As a former collegiate athlete himself, Dr. Waterman is passionate about taking care of a wide variety of athletes at all levels. Dr. Waterman has served as a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire (MLS), and Chicago Steel (USHL).

Meet The Mentors

Headshot of Abi, sports medicine  mentor


I am from Kernersville, North Carolina. I am currently a senior at Wake Forest University with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with a double minor in Computer Science and Religious Studies, while also being on the pre-medical track . I love playing all types of sports, and competitively play at the college club level in ultimate frisbee.

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I did my undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where I studied Microbiology and minored in Psychology.  I was a CNA for 5.5 years before coming to PA school and worked in home health, a nursing home, and on a medical/surgical floor in a hospital. I was accepted to the Wake Forest PA program and graduated in May 2020. I now work at Wake Forest Baptist Health hospital with the Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery.

Headshot of Danielle, sports medicine course mentor


I am a current third year at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I was first introduced to sports medicine through gymnastics and fell in love with the idea of helping people return to doing what they love. I am excited to share some of my favorite aspects of sports medicine with you!

Headshot of Spencer, sports medicine course mentor


I attended Wake Forest University and quickly became a part of the Sports Medicine staff for both the football and men's soccer teams. I graduated from Wake Forest University in 2019 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. I currently work as a clinical research assistant for the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. I am applying to medical school for a career in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and will start in Fall 2021.

Morgan, Sports Medicine course mentor


I am a Wake Forest University graduate (2019) with a Bachelor's of Science in Health and Exercise Science. During my time at Wake Forest, I was an athletic trainer for the football team, a varsity cheerleader, and a teaching assistant for anatomy labs. I currently work in pediatrics and plan to pursue a medical career in pediatric orthopedics.

Emma, Sports Medicine course mentor


I will be starting my graduate school journey in August 2021 through the biomedical engineering program. After four years working as an engineer in the transportation industry, I am thrilled to be diving into research in the biomechanics realm, focusing on surgical robotics and medical device/clinical procedure development. I have previously worked on research related to mild traumatic brain injury, human factors in surgical settings, human-robot interaction, and engineering education.

How to Apply:

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It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

NOTE: please submit all application materials in English 

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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