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Sports Medicine Overview

Overview

For more information on careers in this field, see the list on the right. For salary ranges, schooling requirements and more, check out the Career Explorer.

Sports medicine focuses on helping people improve their athletic performance, recover from injury and prevent future injuries. It is a fast-growing health care field, because health workers who specialize in sports medicine help many “regular” people as well as athletes.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to seek help from a sports medicine professional. Sports medicine professionals treat people who participate in sports just for fun or want to get better results from their exercise program, patients who suffered injuries and want to regain full function and people who have disabilities and want to increase their mobility and capabilities.

The field of sports medicine encompasses many different health careers, including:

The career path you take will depend on your interests, your educational goals and the environment where you want to work. Many careers in this field require degrees, and certification can improve your chances of landing a great job.

If you’re interested in sports medicine, consider volunteering with the medical personnel who assist your school's sports teams. You can observe the work they do and learn more about what a career in sports medicine entails.

To learn more about sports medicine, visit the American College of Sports Medicine.