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I would like to use my athletic skills to help coach athletes on how to best use their body to improve their athletic performance and keep healthy. What field of studies would that be?

I am a high school graduate who is entering college in September. I am also a skilled basketball player for has been playing since the age of 5. I am a guard and shooting guard. I speak 3 languages: English, French and Spanish. I enjoy using my skills and languages to meet and support people in my community and beyond. #sports #basketball #career #coach

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Mallory’s Answer

Hello Enzo! I think it sounds like you would like a degree in the field of kinesiology (which is the study of human movement). However, kinesiology has different branches, and from the information you've given, I think you would be looking for a degree in Exercise Science. I think you will find the below link helpful; it distinguishes what Kinesiology and Exercise Science are, how they are different, and common careers that people with this degree obtain.

https://www.georgefox.edu/college-admissions/academics/article/exercise-science.html

Feel free to reach out to me again with further questions!
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Drew’s Answer

Hi Enzo,

The biggest thing to get in the door of training athletes is your personal athletic accolades. That will always be helpful, as it provides the athlete with confidence that what you have done, and what you are teaching them, will help them achieve success.

You may also want to consider putting yourself out there and offering free lessons / training to get your name and brand established. If the athletes you are training are seeing results and enjoying the training, you can encourage them to spread the word on your training services, which can hopefully spread into a larger opportunity that you can charge for.

In terms of training athletes at a higher level - if you are more focused on strength and conditioning, then I agree with Mallory - a bachelors degree in Exercise Science is a necessary route. Most teams / organizations will require it. But again - if you are actually looking to train / coach athletes in terms of the sport's skills (as you mentioned, basketball skills), I recommend following my advice above.

I hope this helps. I was a D1 athlete in the Big 10 conference, so I have some experience here. I also coach athletes on my spare time. If it hadn't been for my career accomplishments, I know for a fact that those opportunities to train young athletes would never happened.
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