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Sports Medicine

The global market for sports medicine was estimated at just over $6.4 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $8.3 billion by 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sports medicine employment is expected to grow at an annual rate of nearly 14 percent through 2023. In short, the industry of sports medicine is large and growing. Growth in the orthopedic industry and a rising number of sports related injuries (hip fractures, ligament tears, dislocations, etc.) are driving demand for health and medical professionals trained in sports medicine.

Sports medicine professionals, including medical doctors, physical therapists, trainers, and physiologists, diagnose, educate and treat patients who face, or are suffering from, sports-related injuries or disabilities. Sports medicine professionals also train athletes, teach them how to prevent and recover from injury, and improve athletic performance.

Sports medicine offers diverse array of career choices and professional opportunities. Some of the more traditional career paths for sports medicine professionas include sports medicine doctor, physical therapist, athletic trainer, kinesiotherapist and exercise physiologist. Job growth in the field of sports medicine will be greatest for physical therapists.

Sports medicine specialists are trained in the following fields:
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Athletic training
The majority of career paths in sports medicine require an advanced degree or professional training in sports medicine or a closely related discipline. Those with specialized training or experience improve their employability and career advancement opportunities. Your can contact the American College of Sports Medicine to learn more about career opportunities in sports medicine.

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