FMCH 7540

Sports Medicine: USA Soccer Cup


Brenda Dolejs
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: The University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Division of Sports Medicine sponsors a Sports Medicine course held immediately prior to the start of the USA Soccer Cup Tournaments every July. This course consists of didactic lectures and hands on workshops focusing on sports medicine topics with an emphasis on soccer. The FMCH Division of Sports Medicine faculty help to provide medical coverage of the tournaments. The USA Soccer Cup Tournaments are held in Blaine, MN at the National Sports Center and are the largest youth soccer tournament in the country drawing teams nationally and internationally. The clinic at the National Sports Center provides trainees the opportunity to evaluate and treat a large number of youth soccer players with sports medicine injuries and illnesses. Xray is available on-site. This elective would provide 4 motivated students the opportunity to participate in the on-site care of these athletes with supervision by primary care sports medicine attendings and orthopedic sports medicine attendings. The students would also be required to attend the USA Soccer Cup as well.


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Site Name



National Sports Center


Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 7:30am-9:00pm, 4 clinical and 4 sideline shifts are assigned in 5 hour blocks throughout the tournament weeks.  Schedules vary, and do include evening and weekend work.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling.

Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Take a sports medicine history and perform a general and regional physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, including the ability to assess the extremities using special clinical examination techniques pertinent to the field of sports medicine
  • Use of proper terminology to describe signs and symptoms of common sports injuries.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis and evaluate a patient while outlining a plan to establish a proper diagnosis based on physical findings and utlization of x-rays
  • Learn the appropriate treatment for common Sports Medicine conditions seen in soccer including the appropriate use of activity modification, physical therapy, medications, surgical intervention, and bracing, splinting and casting

Graded Components: 

  • Attendance at the USA Soccer Cup
  • Active participation at all assigned clinical shifts
  • Assessment of student by the attending

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

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