Real World Sports Med Reigning at Chino Valley High School

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Melissa Gustavson leads a very unique program at Chino Valley High School, the Sports Med Department.

This program allows students to gain real medical experience while working with CVHS Athletic Trainer Kiley Comley (LAT, ATC, ITAC) at school sporting events and games.

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Brandon Velasco, a CVHS Junior, says he hopes his interest in Sports Med will continue beyond high school.

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Brandon Velasco, CVHS Junior and Sports Med Program student (Photo courtesy of Chino Valley Unified School District)

“Learning about the body, training in CPR and other areas of health care are really interesting to me,” Velasco said. “The class has a good mix of practical training and lectures. It's a lot of fun and I might want to explore nursing after high school.”

While CVHS senior Kaylee Elliott will focus on the human body, she plans to apply what she learned in the Sports Med program to her planned career as a veterinarian.

“When I started this class, I didn't realize how much we would actually learn. I always wanted to be a vet and I didn't know how much sports or even the human body had to do with it,” Elliott said. “But studying human anatomy and injuries helped me a lot in learning about animals. These two facts are much more connected than people would think.”

Elliott also hopes her experience with the CVHS Sports Med program will benefit her future collegiate and secular applications.

“This program also helped me develop better communication skills,” Elliott said. “Using different terminology and specific medical words when treating athletes really helped me flex my communication muscles.”

Jenifer Figueroa, CVHS Junior, enjoys the hands-on aspect of the Sports Med program. “At Sports Med, our job is to help athletes with their injuries, make sure they don't get hurt, and help them stay healthy and fit.”

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Kaylee Elliott, CVHS Senior and Sports Med Program student (Photo courtesy of Chino Valley Unified School District).

Figueroa encourages other students in the Chino Valley Unified School District to explore the Sports Med program as a way to improve and prepare for their future.

“It's really a life lesson,” Figueroa said. “We're getting CPR certified and that's a really good thing to know in life.”

As the CVHS athletic trainer, Comley sees the program as a huge step forward for the future of sports medicine.
“They'll get real-world work experience working side-by-side with me,” Comley said. “They will see the real problems athletes are dealing with, such as torn ligaments and pulled muscles, and help me evaluate and assess those injuries. This gives them a great opportunity while still in high school to find out if this is the career they want to pursue.”

Gustavson says several of her students have already taken advantage of the Sports Med program to start their careers as EMTs, physical therapists and other fields of medicine.

More information about the Sports Med program is available on the site cvhs.chinovalleyschools.com Come Career and Technical Education (CTE) link.

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