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Categories: Sport, Sport Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Undergradute
Think you’re cut out for a career in sports therapy or rehabilitation? Here are some of the most important skills you’ll need (and they might not be what you think)…
Working as a sports and exercise coach, physical therapist or trainer requires in-depth knowledge of sports injuries, and how to prevent, diagnose and treat them. And the University of Bolton’s BSc Sports Rehabilitation course can provide you with the perfect foundation to kick start your career.
But in order to reach your full potential, it’s important to work on your personal development. This is something we put a lot of focus on through one-to-one mentorship, and by providing a supportive and friendly learning environment where students can thrive.
If you’re interested in applying for a sports rehabilitation degree, here are some skills you’ll need to work on.
First and foremost, it really matters that you care. An altruistic nature definitely helps in this line of work, because your end goal is to support others in their recovery. This means you’ll need to be sensitive to their needs and feelings, and you must be empathetic.
Some tips for improving empathy include talking to people from all walks of life, noticing body language cues, reading up on emotional intelligence, and volunteering at local charities to expand your understanding of others.
As well as thinking about others, you’ll also need to put your caring nature into action by finding ways to help. Having good counselling skills means you can support those who need it the most and will improve connections with service users, patients or clients.
To be a good counsellor, you need to be patient, a good listener, and you need to have respect for those you work with. Not only will you have to advise them on various sports injuries and their physical health, but at times you’ll need to provide emotional support too.
This skill may not spring to mind as an important trait to have, but being good at customer-facing tasks is key for sports rehabilitation. Keeping good levels of communication is essential if you want to build trust with patients or clients, and this will mean staying on top of emails and calls.
You will also need to be able to understand the needs of service users, treating them as customers looking for a solution to their problems. This is vital if you want to find the correct response to pain from sports injuries or methods to prevent them in the first place.
If you’re a glass half-empty kind of person, you may need to work on your positive mindset. As someone working in sports rehabilitation and physical therapy, you’ll become part of the support network for others.
Whether you’re working with individual athletes, sports teams or healthcare patients, you’ll need to have enough positivity for everyone. A ‘can do' attitude is a must, and you’ll need to channel this energy to motivate those you meet.
Another skill required for working as a therapist or coach for sports injuries is being flexible with your day-to-day work. Your job may be primarily in a treatment room, or it could be on the move.
You may need to travel regularly between clubs and clinics, and you may need to work outdoors in all weather. So being able to quickly adapt to your environment is essential.
Does sports rehabilitation sound like the right job for you? At the University of Bolton, our passionate tutors help you develop a range of transferable skills so you can embark on your dream career path. Our dedicated Employability Team is also on hand to support your career ambitions!
To find out more about applying to start in September 2021, see the course page for details.
Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or email@example.com.
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