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What all do i need to do in order to get into sports medicine?

I really want to go into sports medicine, but I need to know what I need to do #sports-medicine


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Caroline while there are undergraduate degrees specifically available in sports medicine, it's important for you to consider your ultimate career goals when choosing a program. The focus of a sports medicine program may shift slightly depending on whether it's offered by a department of medicine, kinesiology, physical therapy or physical education.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN SPORTS MEDICINE

Though bachelor's degree programs in sports medicine qualify graduates for professional positions, many students continue their studies to pursue master's and professional degrees in sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, nursing and other health professions. Students who pursue a bachelor's degree in sports medicine focus on topics such as biomechanics, therapeutic modalities and injury evaluation and rehabilitation. Students typically get a combination of classroom instruction and fieldwork experience.

Students in an undergraduate sports medicine program acquire a strong understanding of exercise and fitness and their relationship to human physiology, as well as the skills to prevent, evaluate and treat sports injuries. Many programs in sports medicine, particularly those that include athletic trainer instruction, include fieldwork, internships and practice that provide students with clinical experience. Many bachelor's degree programs in sports medicine require students to complete lower-level and general education courses with a specified GPA before entering the sports medicine or athletic training major. The interdisciplinary nature of a bachelor's degree program in sports medicine prepares students for a variety of careers in fitness, athletics and medicine, such as:

• CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER – Athletic trainers work with athletes to help prevent and rehabilitate injuries. They often work in high schools and colleges, but some are employed at medical offices and fitness facilities. Careers in athletic training require at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training. These programs cover topics such as human anatomy and medical ethics, and students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Many athletic trainers earn master's degrees. In most states, an athletic trainer must hold certification or licensure, usually obtained by passing a competency examination.

The average Certified Athletic Trainer salary in the United States is $46,600 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $42,600 and $52,500. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

• STRENGTH CONDITIONING COACH – Strength and conditioning coaches are also qualified to work with the public, but specialize in improving athletic performance. A strength and conditioning coach may specialize in a particular sport and design training programs for each player on a team based on the physiological requirements of their position. They conduct tests to measure performance, analyze their results, and implement training programs to improve weaknesses over the course of a seasonal training schedule. Strength and conditioning coaches have a formal education (bachelor's degree) in physical fitness or sports medicine and must earn certification; one of the most recognized credentials is the Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The average Strength and Conditioning Coach salary is $44,250 as of June 28, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $37,500 and $50,900. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

• PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST – A psychosocial rehabilitation specialist treats patients with mental or emotional disorders by teaching them to function within their community. Treatment can address relationships with family, friends, and co-workers and often helps patients work toward living independently. Psychosocial rehabilitation specialists assess a patient's current condition and level of social functionality. Then, they develop a treatment plan that helps a patient learn skill sets needed for independent living. Psychosocial rehabilitation specialists monitor patients' progress, help them achieve their social integration goals, and intervene in crisis situations. Entry level jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field; however, many employers prefer candidates who hold a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. Additional optional certification as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) is available through the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).

The average psychosocial rehabilitation specialist salary is $49,900 as of June 28, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $43,250 and $56,600. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

MASTERS DEGREE IN SPORTS MEDICINE

The skills learned in a master's degree program in sports medicine can be applied to several different careers that use movement and exercise to help treat patients and/or improve a person's overall health. Although there are not as many careers that directly require a master's degree in sports medicine, there are several careers that could utilize the skills and knowledge gained through a master's program in the subject.

• SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST – Sports psychologists study the mental effects of physical competition and counsel athletes with performance-related disorders. Those interested in formal education in this field can pursue a relevant master's or doctoral degree. Master's students get an understanding of mental processes and learn how to identify and treat psychological roadblocks to optimal physical performance. Direct training is gained with clinical fieldwork. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in psychology and acceptable Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores. As the admissions process is competitive, those with professional references and significant experience will have an edge. Institutions that don't offer a sports psychology master's often include associated curricula in their applied psychology or kinesiology paths.

The average Sports psychologists salary in the United States is $91,000 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $80,500 and $100,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

• OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS – Occupational therapists are required to have a master's degree and license to treat patients with exercises and everyday activities. These therapists may work with disabled, ill or injured patients and help their patients learn and/or recover the skills they need to work and function on their own. This requires occupational therapists to determine the needs of the patient, develop a treatment plan and even suggest special equipment if needed, such as a wheelchair. They will also work with the patient's family and employer to ensure that the patient has the accommodations that they need and will closely monitor a patient's progress.

The average Occupational Therapist salary in the United States is $88,900 as of June 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $81,500 and $96,900. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Injuries occur frequently in athletes. Students enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in sports medicine receive training in how to treat and assess basic athletic injuries. Some topics covered in the M.S. program include motion analysis, electromyography, balance assessment methods and isokinetic dynamometry. Many M.S. programs feature a clinical component, which gives students an opportunity to gain practical experience with rehabilitation methods and techniques.

Hope this was Helpful Caroline

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Prashanth’s Answer

Hi Caroline

I hope you’re doing well & wish that you have a great week ahead.

Becoming a doctor and even being a good one takes dedication, passion and a lot of hard work.

Here's what you need to get through:
 Graduate secondary school - undergraduate/pre-medical degree
 Graduate medical school
 Complete residency
 Complete a fellowship
 Be proud

Step 1: Graduate secondary school
Building knowledge to become a sports doctor is similar to building a durable and safe house - you need to choose the correct materials and ensure you have a solid foundation. For a budding sports physician, those materials include secondary school and/or pre-medical degree subjects. To start your career, you need to graduate a secondary school. There are two potential pathways you can take from here: the undergraduate or the pre-medical degree route followed by a postgraduate medical degree.

Undergraduate medical degree
The majority of medical universities worldwide offer undergraduate degree programs for students who completed secondary school. These are usually either five or six years. Some of them require specific subjects as entry requirements, usually a combination of the basic sciences like biology, chemistry and physics. Choosing to study those in secondary school not only gives you the opportunity to enter medical school but it provides a stepping stone for future courses taught during medical degrees.


Pre-medical degree
Other medical universities, especially those in the United States of America, but not exclusively, require a pre-medical degree. Such a degree can be in any major desired, as long as it is accredited and the required subjects for medical school are studied. After all, having a business or engineering acumen as a doctor is never a disadvantage.
Pre-medical education lasts approximately three to four years. The specific subjects often asked for by admission teams are general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, calculus or statistics, humanities, social science and behavioural science subjects. Alternatively, there are pre-medical degree programs specializing in sports medicine, kinesiology or exercise science, which offer candidates a solid background for their career that lies ahead. Such programs typically include the subjects required by medical programs. Both pathways require hard work, dedication and excellent grades. In the end, a house can only stand the test of time if its materials are durable and solid.

Step 2: Graduate medical school
After acquiring the materials, you need to build good foundations, for strength and stability. For an evolving sports doctor, the base consists of graduating medical school, which takes between four and six years. You will need to first obtain either a medical (M.D.) or an osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. Although both are equally accepted, osteopathic programs emphasize the musculoskeletal system and preventative medicine. In both programs, the focus is on the general science subjects of biochemistry, anatomy , physiology, microbiology and pathology, while performing clinical rotations through various specialties’ during the final years. Since a high number of sports doctors are orthopedic surgeons, a high competency of anatomy is important. Even if surgery is not your cup of tea, you will deal with musculoskeletal injuries very frequently working with athletes and understanding biomechanics and being able to differentiate your rectus femoris from your vastus medialis is essential.

Step 3: Complete residency
With the house having a strong foundation, it is now the perfect time to start building it. Upon graduation, you must obtain a license from the respective country where you wish to practice and then begin the residency training. At this point, the road of aspiring sports doctors splits once again into primary physicians and surgeons. Those who desire to practice primary care sports medicine can chose residencies like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or emergency medicine. Alternatively, orthopedic surgery can be the path of choice. The duration of those can vary from three to five years, in case of surgical specialties’.

Step 4: Complete a fellowship
With the entire structure of your house built, now you need to add the finishing touches. This is the time when you turn the house into your vision, according to your heart’s content.

The final step to become a sports doctor involves the completion of a fellowship. Candidates who specialized in primary care must complete a primary care physician fellowship, while those specialized in orthopedic surgery need to complete a surgical sports medicine fellowship. Such a program lasts between one and two years and involves specializing in the assessment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries, such as those of the head or spinal cord. Doctors also learn the prescription of protective equipment.

Hope this answers your query
Good Luck 😊

Prashanth TM

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Dan’s Answer

Sports medicine as a physician based specialty requires 4 year bachelor's degree followed by 4 years of medical school followed by a 3-4 year residency in family medicine and or physical medicine & rehabilitation (usually) followed by sports medicine fellowship which is usually 1-2 years.

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Sharool’s Answer

A bachelor's in sports medicine or a related field represents the minimum degree you need to work in a sports medicine career. After earning your bachelor's degree, you can continue your education in a master's program or look for entry-level positions.

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A bachelor's in sports medicine or a related field represents the minimum degree you need to work in a sports medicine career. After earning your bachelor's degree, you can continue your education in a master's program or look for entry-level positions.

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