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
  • Basic Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Preventing Sports Injuries
  • Nutrition and Hydration in Sport
  • Drugs in Sport
  • Management of the Injured Athlete
  • Common Medical Conditions
  • Concussion
  • Sports Taping (ankle, thumb and finger)
  • Transporting the Injured Athlete
  • Common Sporting Illness and Injuries

Course Prerequisites

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (completed within 3 years)
  • HLTAID001 Provide CPR (completed within 12 months)
  • Successful completion of the Level 1 Sports Trainer online learning. Please refer to Delivery Mode/Duration for more information on the online learning.

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 incomplete. Students who do not complete the enrolment process within 15 business days of the course start date, will be unenrolled.

Certificates

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

Entry

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 thelocal SMA office (in the state where the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake the training and assessment requirements.

Delivery Mode/Duration

This course is delivered through a combination of pre-course online learning and 8 hours face to face training. All online learning must be successfully completed prior to attendance at the face to face training.

Failure to complete the online learning prior to attending the face to face training places a student at a significant disadvantage. By not completing all online learning prior to attending the face to face course student’s may struggle to complete both the final theory assessment and practical assessments to the level required for an outcome of competent.

Any student who does not successfully complete the online learning prior to the face to face course does so at their own risk. If a student has not completed the online learning and fails to achieve an outcome of satisfactory for two or more practical assessments or the final theory assessment, the student will be deemed not yet competent and will be required to attend an additional face to face training session. This will incur additional course fees.

Students will receive their access to online learning 14 days prior to the course start date. Students who enrol less than 14 days prior to the course start date will receive access no later than close of business the following business day.

Any student having difficulty completing the online learning is encouraged to contact SMA for additional support and resources.

Assessment

Students will be assessed as follows:

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

Course Resources

Students are provided with the following course resources:

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

Policies

Please read and be familiar with all our training policies.

Level 1 Sports Trainer Courses