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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Sincere desire to learn: In professional career choices you have to stay in tune
with the latest literature. The only way to do that is to enjoy what you do
enough to be eager to discover additional and new information.
Positive attitude: Although sports medicine focuses on preventing and overcoming physical setbacks, this is not always possible. Some injuries force
drastic changes in a person's life. Be there and be truthful.
Working in sports medicine is exciting! It is also a big responsibility. You must be
able to recognize the gravity of certain situations and respond appropriately in terms
of both medical treatment and emotional support.

THINKING IT THROUGH
Sydney knew she wanted
a career that allowed her
to be around active people, maybe even athletes.
She had played sports in
high school, but she knew she would not
have the skills to play at the next level.
During her playing days she had received
injuries that were treated by the school's
athletic trainer. She had been impressed
by the athletic trainer's knowledge and
noted how much he seemed to enjoy his
job. Sydney thought that she might like

to be an athletic trainer, but realized that
becoming a strength and conditioning
specialist, physical therapist, family practice physician, orthopedic surgeon, or nutritionist might be equally exciting.

What characteristics make a person
well suited to one of these careers? What
types of classes should Sydney take that
would benefit her in the pursuit of any one
of these careers? How can she obtain information that will help her decide which
career to pursue?
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CHAPTER SuMMARy

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he field of sports medicine is changing and growing rapidly. This book provides
information on the many career opportunities in sports medicine. Within the
field of sports medicine, opportunities for advancement are attainable through
a combination of additional education and on-the-job training.
As an athletic trainer, physical therapy aide, or strength and conditioning specialist, you will be an important member of the sports medicine team. You will provide
valuable assistance to other team members. In doing so, you will participate in the
exciting processes of healing patients' injuries, restoring their physical functioning,
maintaining their physical fitness, and preventing additional injuries.
Patients are the most important people in a job as a health care professional in
the field of sports medicine. They are top priority. Keep in mind throughout the
learning process that you are on your way to one of the most rewarding careers you
can imagine.



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