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Millions dream of becoming a Premier League football player or an Olympic athlete. Only a small percentage will reach that potential; but, if sports are your passion, how can you make it your career? A degree in sports rehabilitation could help you get where you need to be.
England Striker Harry Kane creates magic on the pitch, Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith delivers a strong track performance, and swimmer Adam Peaty beats off competition in the pool. These athletes deliver winning results, but they could not do it alone.
Behind every star is a team of professionals who help them get to, and stay at, the top of their game. With equal levels of energy, sporting prowess and dedication, their role is essential. Through physical and mental coaching, optimal nutrition and fine-tuning, recovery and rehabilitation, these people keep the expensive sporting assets of the world in peak performance in their sports career.
Is a sports degree a good option for you?
A sports career could be ideal for you if you are a great team player and driven to win. In addition to practical activity, science forms a significant part of a Sports Degree.
Sporting professionals need a good understanding of the physiology of the human body and the psychology of the human mind. Science informs how a subtle shift in position impacts on aerodynamics; this tiny adjustment can be what it takes to gain a competitive edge.
Sports coaches, rehabilitation teams and managers may not be on the podium or in the spotlight, but they are an essential element. The careers of top athletes may be relatively short-lived, but those involved in sports development and rehabilitation support and maintain their fitness during their respective career.
Career opportunities in Sport
In addition to potentially working a sports career with famous professionals, there are opportunities to work with youth teams; developing the stars of the future. You could work at a sports centre, or in the health sector, helping people to rebuild their strength and movement following an injury.
With a degree in sports rehabilitation graduates can teach physical education in schools, colleges and the military. They become ski instructors and can switch to mountain bike guides through the summer months. They can be self-employed personal trainers or provide lessons in top hotels across the globe.
While your chances of becoming the next Lionel Messi are slim, there are plenty of opportunities for graduates to build a sports career around their passion. Has that got your heart pumping?