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This elective is designed to expose the medical student to the breadth of primary sports medicine including
evaluation and treatment of acute injuries, overuse injuries, degenerative arthritis, and medical diagnosis
afflicting athletes.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iu.edu)

Director: Aaron Watters, MD

Campus: Fort Wayne


Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the integration of primary care physician's role as a member of the sports medicine team. (SBP1)
    2) Take an orthopedic history and conduct a pre-participation exam . (PC1)
    3) Perform a physical exam for each major joint. (PC5)
    4) Demonstrate the ability to recommend exercise prescription with the knowledge of age-related chronic illnesses and obstetrical parameters. (MK4)
    5) Compare the differences and consideration in subclasses of athletes (pediatric, special needs, geriatric, and athletes with chronic diseases). (MK4)
    6) Assist with soft tissue and joint injections using both landmark and ultrasound guidance. (PC5)
    7) Identify landmarks used for major joint injections. (MK1)
    8) Describe indications, contraindications, and risks for soft tissue and joint injections. (MK4)
    9) Recognize acute and overuse injuries such as rotator cuff tendinitis, carpal tunnel, spondylosis, ligamentous knee injuries, chronic exertional compartment syndrome, achilles tendon rupture, among others. (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Library/Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

ADD/DROP CONTACT PERSON: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinator Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iu.edu or 260-481-0224).

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Students will have professional collaboration with physical therapists, athletic trainers, and dieticians.

Service Learning Included: None