If you are interested in sports and fitness and you are looking for a career that will fuel your passion then it is time to take the path that will lead to you being a sports therapist. A sports therapist not only deals with injuries but also helps to strengthen muscles and improve fitness levels of athletes. A sports therapist also helps athletes to prevent injuries and also helps injured athletes in the rehabilitation process. They use various techniques and methods in order to attain the required fitness level. Some of the methods include ultrasound, massage, muscle strengthening and core training.
Sports therapists work in sports injury clinics, gyms, with teams (professional and semi-professional) and professional athletes. They help the athletes to be able to compete in a safe manner without inflicting pain or injury. When you are watching a cricket match and see a player wincing in pain it is the sports therapist who heads first to the field as it is he who will be able to give the best solution. Sports therapists deal with musculoskeletal conditions that are caused due to sports.
What to Study
A sport therapist will have to study a bachelor’s degree in sports therapy and then can take the specialization to another level by pursuing Masters and so on. The course will combine sports and exercise science and also help them to study about the body and muscles of human beings.
United Kingdom offers some of the best courses for this field. You can head to Edge Hill University or University of Kent. Usually if a therapist has experience in fitness training or has been an athlete they have an edge over the others as they will be able to relate better to their clients. A therapist can also study a full time or part time diploma courses but it should be validated by a recognized body for the diploma to have the required weight age.
The job of a sports therapist is quite challenging, tiring but is lucrative. It involves a lot of examination, assessment and monitoring. A sports therapist should also be able to understand the mind of the athlete and keep him motivated to reach the target. A therapist is as important as a doctor and works closely with the athletes on a day to day basis.
It is difficult to get a break in this field as there is not much of advertisement involved for these positions. It is best to intern with sports clinics or get involved in sports clubs or organizations as you pursue your studies. This will help in landing the right job at the right place with a fair amount of experience in a related field.
So it can be you who will relieve athletes of the pain they are in or if you want to help them raise the bar and reach greater heights.
Image Credit: markuso