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LESSONS TITLE: Fit to Play

CURRICULUM AREA: Science, Language Arts, Health

GRADE LEVEL: 6-8

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do you know which student athletes may be at risk for sports-related injuries?

ACTIVITY SUMMARY: In this lesson, students research certain sports-related injuries and who may be at risk for these conditions. They then synthesize their knowledge by collectively developing a comprehensive medical history form that asks potential athletes questions to determine if they are at risk for such conditions.

SUGGESTED TIME ALLOWANCE: 1 hour

ACTIVATING STRATEGIES: Students will:

  • 1.

    Evaluate the types of questions usually included on medical forms.

  • 2.

    Examine the issues involved in evaluating student athletes before participating on

sports teams by reading and discussing "A Pregame Ritual: Doctors Averting Disasters." 3. Research certain sports-related conditions; develop questions related to these conditions that should be included on medical history forms. 4. Synthesize their understanding of sports-related conditions by critiquing existing medical history forms.

COGNITIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES: 1. WARM-UP/DO NOW: In their journals, students respond to the following prompt (written on the board prior to class): "What types of questions are usually included on medical forms? Write a list of questions you have seen on such forms." After a few minutes, have volunteers share their lists of questions while listing the questions on the blackboard. How many of these questions would fall under the category of "medical history" questions? Circle the questions that fall under that category. Why is it important to determine a person's medical history? Why is it important to determine a person's family's medical history?

2. As a class, read and discuss "A Pregame Ritual: Doctors Averting Disasters," focusing on the following questions: a. Why did Buddy Lorentsen's parents take Buddy's school district to the State Supreme Court?

  • b.

    How did the State Supreme Court justice rule?

  • c.

    Why did Dr. Koester say he would have "no concern" about Buddy's playing soccer?

  • d.

    Why do most student athletes have to undergo medical evaluations before participating

on a sports team? e. Why should a physical exam be completed six or eight weeks before an athletic season begins?

  • f.

    What did Dr. Koester mean when he said, "History is the key"?

  • g.

    According to Dr. Koester, what is the leading predictor of an athletic injury?

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