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How to Get a Top Level Sports Medicine Job

This article is an adaptation from Landing a Sports Medicine Job in Professional Sports by Mike Reinold.

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.

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12 Responses to How to Get a Top Level Sports Medicine Job

  1. Lori July 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Write your own material. How proud can you feel about publishing someone else’s work?

  2. Chris July 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Wow, ballsy stealing that from Mike

  3. Chris A. July 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Seriously? Can you be anymore unoriginal? Perhaps you plagiarized your high school papers as well. Write your own stuff.

  4. Robert July 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    How to get a top level job:
    Step 1: Have some integrity and don’t plagiarise people who make real contributions to our field like Mike Reinold. You really thought nobody would find out? This is pretty much a cut and paste job. Utterly disgraceful and the “writer” should be hung by his balls if he had any.

  5. Doug July 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Your forgot another tip: Stand on the shoulder’s of giants and never give credit/references.

  6. Sarah July 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Ahhhhhhhh…the American way, at its best! Copy and paste! Douchebaggery reigns supreme on the Internet.

  7. LM July 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    great article Mike…I mean Dave. Looks eerily similar to http://www.mikereinold.com/2009/04/landing-job-in-professional-sports.html from April 2009!!!!

  8. TW July 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Wonder if your other two articles are plagiarized and ripped off as your own too? This is awful that you claim Mike’s work as your own

  9. Lynn July 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Reprint with attribution and it honors the author. You could have started with “this great post by Mike Reinold says it all” and then put it out there. BUT, you appropriated it as your own, which makes you a plagiarizer. Unconscionable!

  10. Michael July 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    How to land a writers job on sports networker???? Steal someone’s writing and post as your own. Shameless in my opinion. No wonder you sign up folks to write for you.

  11. Trevor Turnbull July 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Trevor Turnbull (COO of Sports Networker). I would like to thank everyone for their comments and assure you that we do not publish “plagiarized” content on SportsNetworker.com. We pride ourselves on publishing informative, original content, and while we have a thorough screening process for our guest posts, unfortunately, sometimes we can’t catch every instance of “reference” or “copied” content.

    In this case, again, I must thank everyone that has commented here on the blog and mentioned us on Twitter as it informed us to look into this accusation. And, upon further review we did discover that the article was very similar to the one written by Mike Reinold.

    We have since been in contact with Mike to explain the issue and come to a mutually agreeable solution. If you look up to the top of the article, you’ll notice that there is now a disclaimer provided by Mike that “credits” him for inspiring the article.

    For the sake of keeping this comment somewhat short :) …… I have posted a longer reply on our Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/sportsnetworker/posts/10153006603955481

    Thanks again for all of the feedback. I hope everyone understands that we do our best to screen our guest posts and would never intentionally publish “copied” content on our site.

    If anyone has any questions about our response or would like to contact me directly, feel free to email me at [email protected]

    Regards,
    Trevor Turnbull
    COO – Sports Networker

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