Sports medicine is a pretty broad industry with careers related to maintaining the fitness and physical wellbeing of the athletes.
The sport doctors, or medical practitioners, who assess and treat the athletes’ injures, educate them on prevention strategies and spend years of studying and preparation, aren’t the only ones with a career in professional sports – there are also the physiotherapists, massage and physical therapists, podiatrist, etc.
It’s great if you want to work in professional sports, but if you want to also achieve your goal and find luck, you must first prepare for the opportunity. If you want to make a career in sports medicine, you need to know these tips!
Tips to Landing a Job in Sports Medicine
Know Exactly What Job You Want
It’s hard to decide what career to focus on in the future when you are only 16-17 years old or jut starting college. That’s why the sports medicine experts recommend that you first spend some time in your potential field, while you are still in high school or early in college, so you can better understand how it is for the people in that industry every working day. This profession demands for energetic people with patience and compassion, who love what they do. The work days are long and your time depends on the activities of the athletes. When they are preparing for important upcoming games, for you it can mean months of 12 hour work days, 7 days a week, so you need to be prepared for a life like that.
Network With Influential People in Sports Med
This can be very important for your career success. Knowing the right people can help a lot, so seek out and associate yourself with the best in your industry, learn, work and grow together with them. Today, with the development of the social networks, you have great opportunities to even personally interact with these people. Look them on LinkedIn, Twitter or even Facebook and try connecting. If you have a chance, attend conferences and join sports associations so you can be more around those whose positions you want for yourself in the future. The opportunities are all around if you are prepared to look for them.
Work Your Way up the Ladder
You can’t expect to enter the professional sport career world without spending some time in the ‘trenches’ building your experience. A high school and college related to athletics are steps in the right direction, but you need to also guide your training to be more specific to the particular field you hope you’ll work in. Internships and volunteering are quite popular in professional sports, and they are almost essential for you to get your foot in the right door. If you are interested in some sport and would want to pursue a sports medicine career related to it, look for professional associations around it and try get some volunteering or internship position. This important experience will also look great in your resume.
Set Yourself Apart From Your Peers
If you want to have a top level job in the future, you must work hard from the very beginning. This isn’t going to be easy, but it’s the price for success. As Donald Trump has said “Nothing is easy. But, who wants nothing?” If you are lucky enough to understand in your early age what exact sports medicine profession you are after, use that great advantage to set yourself apart – spend your free time aside the regular school assignments to learn more on the subjects you are particularly interested in, read books, do some research, try to submit articles to some journal or news websites, and blog. Go social, volunteer, take charge and organize a club. Do any activity you enjoy and you’ll later in life understand how crucial were those little steps you’ve taken.
Be Patient and Prepare for the Opportunity
Open sports medicine job positions are not as often seen as people with such career aspirations would love them to be. When you define the specific filed and sports you want to work in you see that there are finite positions posted, and maybe only one of them is available. Professional sports is the high league, and it will take time, hard work and luck on your side to get in, so you better make sure you are doing everything you can to best prepare and be ready when an opportunity presents itself.Comment below with ideas you have for making a career in sports medicine! Shoot us a tweet and follow @SportsNetworker