Academy for Sports Medicine

  • LOCATED AT Roxbury HS 

    The Academy for Sports Medicine provides students with a solid foundation in the growing fields of exercise science, fitness studies, physical therapy, athletic training, and injury prevention and treatment.

Clinical Coordinator

Phone: RHS 973-584-1200 x1287


Degrees and Certifications:

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Graduate: Master of Education with Specialization in Athletic Training Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia Internship: Norfolk State University

Mr. Joseph Koch

To all prospective students:  As the head athletic trainer and clinical coordinator of the program with over 25 year of experience at the collegiate, clinical and secondary school levels and the 2017 Newell National Athletic Trainer of the Year award recipient, I look forward to sharing the knowledge and experiences I have gained over the years.   

Some areas of expertise include:
Injury prevention
Clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injuries
Immediate and emergency care
Treatment, rehabilitation and conditioning of injuries
Over 20 years of experience as a certified strength and conditioning specialist
Special certifications held in:
Functional movement screens
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (Level 1)
Additional training with Graston Soft tissue mobilization techniques
A member of  the Seton Hall University Master of Science in Athletic Training Advisory Board

Academy Teacher

Phone: 973-584-1200 x0370


Degrees and Certifications:

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Exercise Science - Nutrition Concentration University of Scranton, Scranton, PA Graduate: Masters of Science - Athletic Training Seton Hall University, East Orange, NJ

Mr. Corey Forlenza



National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Athletic Trainers’ Society of NJ

Certified CPR instructor

Seton Hall Excellence in Research Award

Experience: NY Giants, FDU, Seton Hall, Caldwell Univ.

Career Field - Sports Medicine

  • Career Pathways in Sports Medicine (include but are not limited to):

    Personal Care Services:   Personal Trainers, Massage Therapists 

    Therapeutic Services:    Athletic Trainer, Chiropractic Assistant, Dietitian/Nutritionist, EMT/Paramedic, Exercise Physiologist, Kinesiotherapist, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist/Assistant, Orthopedist Orthotist/Prosthetist/Technician, Physical Therapist/Assistant, Recreation Therapist, Registered Nurse, Rehabilitation Counselor, Wellness Coach 

    Health Informatics: Public Health Educator

    The Academy for Sports Medicine has not yet completed senior internships. The first senior class will be in 2023.

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    • Foundational Components of Athletic Training & Physical Therapy: This course provides a general overview of the allied health professions of athletic training and physical therapy. It is intended to inspire the students to think critically about the various disciplines, roles and opportunities of the members of the sports medicine team. The course will engage the students with cooperative learning opportunities as well as self directed projects.
    • Clinical Internship  (25 Hours): Students can choose to perform a combination of clinical internship hours between the athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and adapted physical education options  

    10th Grade

    • Pathology & Prevention of Sports Injuries: To introduce students to the sciences of human anatomy and physiology as well as skill development, prevention of injuries through exercise, basic rehabilitation, sport psychology, the tissue response to injuries, understanding basic taping, wrapping and bracing for injuries, clinical evaluation, recognizing the needs of different sports injuries as well as injuries/conditions seen in the lower extremity.

    • Clinical Internship  (50 Hours): Students can choose to perform a combination of clinical internship hours between the athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and adapted physical education options  

     11th Grade

    • Kinesiology & Orthopedic Assessment: To continue to facilitate the comprehension of the science of human anatomy specific to the examination skills including the locations of anatomical landmarks (muscle origins, insertions, bony landmarks, ligaments). To discover proper movement patterns of the body and the causes and consequences of poor movement. Upper extremity anatomy, injuries, concerns and issues with associated rehabilitation,and appropriate selection of therapeutic modalities will also be reviewed.  An introduction to necessary adaptations for special needs students. To be introduced to traumatic brain injury evaluation and management as well as facial injuries, general medical conditions and youth injuries.

    • Clinical Internship  (75 Hours): Students can choose to perform a combination of clinical internship hours between the athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy and adapted physical education options  

    12th Grade:

    Senior Year College Option: Providing students meet the academic criteria, they may attend County College of Morris for all academic and occupational courses and earn up to 24 credits, paid for by Morris County Vocational School District

    Continue at Roxbury High School for advanced courses/projects including:

    • Injury Rehabilitation, Management and Surgical Intervention: This course is designed to give the student a detailed examination of exercise physiology and the effects of nutrition and supplementation as well as the effects of pharmacology, post-injury management techniques.  The curriculum will focus on surgical techniques and their implications on rehabilitation/activity and capture the totality of injury management including pathology, immediate management, diagnostic imaging, definitive and differential diagnoses, medical management, medications, surgical intervention, post-injury and/or post-surgical management and rehabilitation.  The objective is to apply skills learned from 1, 2 and 3, while working independently on research projects. Students will also assist in the instruction of students in the first three courses in order to facilitate comprehension.
    • Introduction to Exercise Science/Introduction to Exercise Psychology

     Structured Learning Experience (SLE): Required 120 hour Internship