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For people who work a sports psychologist. What characteristics someone needs if they were to pursue in a career in sports medicine?


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Dr. Ray’s Answer

Dear Jade,

I don't have a lot of information for you but there is a difference between sports medicine and sports psychology. Sports medicine specialists are medical doctors who specialize in treating sports related illness, especially injuries. They often deal with broken bones, concussions, etc. Sports psychologists generally have graduate degrees in psychology. They work with athletes to help them maximize their performance by such techniques as mental rehearsal, helping overcome mental performances. etc. I hope this is somewhat helpful.

Ray Finn, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Sorry!, I meant sports psychologists, not sports medicine. Jade M.

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Sun’s Answer

Hey Jade,

Glad you're off to a good start identifying what you want to pursue for your career.

As Dr. Ray Finn mentioned that there is a difference between sports medicine and sports psychology.

I have listed what you some career options in there fields in the "Suggested Steps" and some general characteristics directly below.

Sports Medicine: Focuses on preventing and treating sports related injuries. Have a general idea of what each sport goes through with training and their daily/lifelong demands. How you treat a football player is going to be different from how you treat a tennis player. In my opinion, it would also be helpful if you hav a moderately active lifestyle. Your future clients will most likely be athlete of various levels or even non-athletic patients needing physical therapy.

Sports Psychologist: Focuses on developing and maintaining mindsets and beliefs associated with athletic success. This can be thought of as a therapist/psychologist that specializes/concentrates on athletes (ex: preventing burnout for a marathon runner).

Sun recommends the following next steps:

Sports Medicine: Exercise physiologist, Athletic trainer, Kinesiotherapist, Physical therapist, Sports medicine nurse, Orthopedic surgeon, etc..
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Sports Psychology: Sports psychologist, Sports Scientist, Spor
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