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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 lectures, engage with interactive activities and participate in live sessions with University mentors.

New this summer. Enjoy all the features of our online sports medicine course PLUS live Zoom sessions on weekdays. These structured events will include guest speakers, group mentors, and interactive events with classmates. To select this option, choose Sports Medicine + Live when you apply.

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An Inside Look at the Major Injuries & Treatments

Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 13+.


$1195 or $1595 for + Live

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 lectures and engaging multimedia simulations that allow you the ultimate in flexibility
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University

how you will benefit

2 Ways to take this course

Online Immersion Option

Our Online Immersion option is fully asynchronous, allowing you to tune in anytime your schedule allows. It features online video lectures and live, group online sessions with University mentors.

Online Immersion +LIVE Option

New this summer, the +Live version of this course features live Zoom sessions with professors and medical professionals (in addition to video lectures), offering peak engagement and interactivity in a structured learning format. +Live is also supplemented with live, online sessions with University mentors.

Sports Medicine

  • Asynchronous video lectures
  • Certificate of Completion from WFU
  • Live, group meetings with mentors
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  • Learn at your own pace

Sports Medicine + Live

  • Asynchronous video lectures 
  • Certificate of Completion from WFU
  • Live, group meetings with mentors
  • Live Zoom sessions with industry experts
  • Learn on a structured schedule

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

February 7 - March 7

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

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

March 7 - April 4

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

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

April 4 - May 2

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

Meet Your Online Immersion Faculty Member

Dr. Brian Waterman

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).

How to Apply:

how to apply

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.
  3. 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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