Course Outline

Sports Medicine Australia’s (SMA) Level 1 Sports Trainer course is designed to introduce participants to the basic knowledge and skills required by a Sports Trainer. These skills include the management of specific sporting injuries, sports taping and transporting an injured athlete. This course educates prospective Sports Trainers, teachers, coaches, administrators and parents on the basic principles of sports medicine.

The successful completion of the Level 1 Sports Trainer course provides an opportunity for participants to become an SMA Accredited Sports Trainer.  This is the standard requirement to perform the duties of a Sports Trainer in most major Australian sporting codes.

The course covers the following units:

  • Sports Trainer in Action
  • Principles of Injury Management
  • Anatomy
  • Warm-up, Cool Down and Stretching
  • Drugs in Sport
  • Common Sporting Injuries and Illnesses
  • Common Medical Conditions Affecting Athletes
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Sports Taping
  • Moving an Injured Athlete

Course Prerequisites

Please note: evidence of the above prerequisites must be provided to SMA prior to attendance at a course. Students who do not provide sufficient evidence of the required prerequisites will have their enrolment deemed as incomplete. Students who do not complete the enrolment process and provide a valid USI within 15 business days of the course date, will be unenrolled.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification (valid for 3 years).


To enrol, students must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Children under 16 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon application to their local SMA state branch (in the state where the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake training and assessment requirements.

Delivery Mode/Duration

The course is delivered over 16 hours and is a combination of theoretical and practical instruction.


Students will be assessed as follows:

  • Presenter observation and practical scenario assessment
  • Taping of ankle, thumb and finger
  • Written assessment

Course Resources

Students are provided with the following course resources:

  • Sports tape and associated materials
  • Sports Medicine for Sports Trainers textbook
  • Various stretchers
  • First aid kit for scenarios


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