Sports Medicine & Healthcare Careers

Sports Medicine Careers refers to many different areas of exercise and sports science that relate both to performance and care of injury. Within sports medicine are areas of specialization such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Aathletic training
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Clinical medicine
  • Orthopaedic
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Team physicians
  • Athletic trainers

Therefore, studying sports medicine means the study of one of these fields which combine medical principals and sciences with sport and physical performance. The main question, then, is not how and where to study sports medicine, but which of these field of study interests you.

The Certified Athletic Trainer

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities ATC's have been recognized by AMA (American Medical Association) as an allied health care profession since 1990. There are currently over 27,000 Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) and approximately 845 BOC Approved Providers. Additional Approved Providers provide great choice for the ATC.

Healthcare Careers

The United States spends about 11 percent of its gross national product, over $500 billion, each year on health care. While much of this money goes to develop new procedures and advanced equipment, we spend most in the areas of treatment and prevention. Our system requires highly trained workers. Almost 7 million people work in the health care field. Economists expect long-term job growth in this industry to be higher than average, however some medical careers will grow much faster than others.

Job applicants thinking about pursuing a medical career often do so because they have an idealized notion about helping others. Often, they are not aware of the many different job possibilities in medicine unless they know people who work in the field. Many people only associate medical careers with hospitals and doctors' offices. They do not realize there are other opportunities in different settings and related fields. They forget that medical workers also maintain health, prevent illness, and provide support for practitioners. Don't forget to investigate the many medical job possibilities and focus their healthcare career exploration.

Healthcare Career opportunities (small sample of categories)

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology
  • Community Health Services
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic Instrumentation
  • Dietetics
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Optometry and Vision Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Research and Engineering
  • Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Other Healthcare Fields


National Athletic Trainers Association

International Federation of Sports Medicine

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association






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