Spotlight: Sports Medicine

An unusual offering: a P.E. class that won't meet your P.E. requirement—but will earn you academic credit!

PE 205: Sports Medicine

This Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA) Department course taught by PERA Associate Professor of the Practice Connie Bauman combines the study of biomechanics and anatomic kinesiology. It focuses on the effects of mechanical forces from within and outside the body and their relationship to injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Many of the students enrolled in the class have a health profession interest.

In addition to lectures, laboratory sessions provide a clinical setting for hands-on learning and introduce students to the practical skills involved in evaluating injuries, determining methods of treatment, and establishing protocol for rehabilitation. An off-site cadaver lab at Harvard Medical School reinforces identification of anatomical structures.

Bauman says, "Many of my pre-med advisees who have taken the course tell me that it prepared them for medical school—familiarity with the musculoskeletal system and the cadaver prosection lab gave them a 'leg up' in their cadaver experience in medical school." And she frequently receives messages from students and graduates who have found their practical knowledge imminently useful (see sidebar.)

An outgrowth of the class is the SLAM DUNK Outreach and Mentoring Project with middle-school girls enrolled in the Science Club for Girls. Through their work in that program, students have gone on to present at Tanner and Ruhlman conferences, pursue individual or group independent study courses in biological sciences, and even co-author articles submitted to science journals.


Jennie Krasker headshotSports medicine travels with me everywhere I go, thanks to Professor Bauman!

—Jennie Dana Krasker '11


Connie Bauman portrait

Connie Bauman

PERA Associate Professor of the Practice

B.S., Illinois State University; M.S., Arizona State University; Certificate, Indiana State University

Sports Medicine Outreach project; engaged in predictive injury study; director, Employee Wellness Program.



Alumnae Stories

Sara Teichholtz '09


In the free clinic we set up in Bandipur (a mountain town in Nepal), a woman came in pointing to her fifth metatarsal...more

As she was explaining to the orthopedic surgeon in Nepalese what had happened, I turned to my classmate and said, "Peroneus brevis!" The orthopedic surgeon overheard and said, "Yeah!" at which point I exclaimed (while envisioning Connie), "JONES FRACTURE!" The Nepalese orthopedic surgeons are now impressed with Wellesley sports medicine.



Jennie Krasker taping ankle of fellow hiker

Jennie Dana Krasker '11


Just got back from my [medical school orientation] camping trip.... Hiking on some very slippery rocks, a woman in my group fell and twisted her ankle...more

She iced it (I think it is a sprain rather than a break because she was able to hobble on it right away despite the swelling), but we needed her to be able to get down the mountain to get picked up by our bus. No one else had any sports medicine knowledge, so I took the lead and taped her ankle for her. My group and trip leaders were very impressed, and she was able to make it down the mountain!



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