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I'm interested in going into sports medicine but also interested in business, which is the best option?

I am three sport athlete with high honors, I go to a technical school and take Information Technology as my trade. #sports #medicine #sports-management #business #professional


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Jarenn’s Answer

Gain insight from people who are in those fields to understand what exactly they do and what it took to get there. These may be current professionals, teachers, peers, members of student associations affiliated with those fields, etc. Also, take classes, job shadow, and do internships to see what it's really like to work in those fields. As you learn more and gain more exposure, it may help you decide what is right for you.

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Sarah’s Answer

The biotech industry is a huge field that continues to grow as technology and science advance. I would research careers in sports medicine, business, biotech, etc. Compare income, training/education required, career trajectory for the job, and what job skills are actually required. You could also take a class in one of those areas and see how you feel about it. You may find that what sounds good on paper is not interesting to you in practice. The physical therapy world might be of interest to you and you could look into becoming a PT or PTA.

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Carol’s Answer

Hi there!

My daughter is going through something similar right now.... She will graduate with a degree in accounting and a minor in sports medicine... Her goal is to work for Nike or Addidas when she graduates...She interned for Nike and loved it, but she also like the business side of things. Sounds to me if you can combine the two, you would make a very well rounded asset!

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Bob’s Answer

Sports Medicine is a business. The objective of Sports Medicine is to approach the individual, engaged in various activities, in a holistic manner. The customer may be an elite athlete, a dedicated athlete or an occasional athlete.

The range of services and products offered would include, but not be limited to, training, nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, and surgery; with products as broadly defined as imaging machines, wearable fitness trackers, special materials with sensors built into athletic clothing, knee braces, footwear, 3d joint repair, et cetera. Just taking one company, Johnson and Johnson, you will find over three hundred products listed as applicable to sports medicine.

Where does your passion lie? Do you see yourself as a pre-med student pursuing a career in medicine, a student of business understanding the Sports Medicine market, a student pursuing material sciences to develop new athletic apparel w/sensors built in or perhaps a study of software for biologic chips used in various athletic monitoring?

My point is that you can pursue various areas of study in college and be a future leader in this fascinating industry. As, other suggestions have been made, you might to wish to pursue a university or college where you can major in Sports Medicine and pursue a signature career in business.

Bob recommends the following next steps:

You may wish to go on to the net and research the top ten or even the top fifty Sports Medicine companies. You may be surprised as the breath and depth of these organizations.
There are a number of Sports Medicine Associations that you can research and perhaps speak with people in these organizations as well.

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Donna’s Answer

A lot of schools are offering customization to your program/degree. Or you can major in one and minor in the other. Some schools even allow for a double major. I see the benefit of doing this with Business and Sports medicine - could lead to some nice career options for you. Check with schools to see what programs they offer.

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Nadia’s Answer

I suggest taking classes related to both fields but not electing your major the first 2 years of college. This will provide you the opportunity to test your interests and find the field you enjoy the most. If you can get a summer internship in college in either field, that would be the best test to find the direction of your future career. Ensure you have good grades the first 2 years of college, so you will have plenty of options.

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