What college courses should I look into if I am thinking about pursuing a career in sports medicine?
I have high interest in becoming either an athletic trainer or a physical therapist. I think it would be really beneficial if I had an idea on what classes to take. #sports #medicine #athletic-training #physical-therapist
If you are unsure about what route to take, spend time shadowing an athletic trainer and a physical therapist. This will help identify not only which profession is of greater interest but also provide opportunity to ask questions about schooling.
There are many PT/ ATC professionals out there who work in a clinic treating injuries and also work on the field for injuries during a game. pT’s treat injuries and facilitate return to max. Function.
The ATC’s are going to work closely with a team to prevent injuries specific to that sport as well as acute injuries with the team. After surgery or major injuries the PT and the ATC work together for the athletes.
You might also consider do you want a non- conventional sport like swimming, marathon, dance, gymnastics- they usually do not have a trainer and seek out a PT instead, or a masters level sport like over 50 year old softball. They also do not have atc’s.
PT school has a higher grade expectation and is more competitive to get in. You will have exposure to a larger variety of ages and conditions to treat.
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