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What Is a Sports Medicine Degree?

by Kate Beck, Demand Media

    Studying sports medicine gives you the knowledge that will allow you to help athletes who have sports-related injuries. You will learn the workings and effects on the body during athletic training and general exercise. A bachelor’s degree in sports medicine can lead you to a number of career opportunities, and learning about this degree will help you determine if this academic path will help you achieve your goals.

    Courses in Major

    A bachelor’s degree in sports medicine will require you to take a number of science courses. Each school’s program will require specific courses to meet the degree requirements. For most schools, these will include general biology, chemistry and microbiology. You may also take courses in human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as well as courses in exercise, health and motor control.

    Other Course Requirements

    In addition to the majors required specifically for a degree in sports medicine, you will need to take other courses to round out your education. Writing courses will help improve your written communication skills, and this will prove helpful if you enter research fields. You will also need to complete a certain level of mathematics for your degree. Depending on your program, you may need coursework in statistics and calculus. In most programs, you will have a certain number of elective credits that will allow you to take other courses that interest you. Some students choose courses outside their major, such as literature, but you may want to take additional science or psychology courses that relate to your goals.

    Advanced Degree

    After you receive your bachelor’s in sports medicine, you may want to pursue an advanced degree in sports medicine since this may offer additional career opportunities. Once admitted to the program, you will have more in-depth study of physiology and the concepts of movement and exercise, as well as studying injury prevention and treatment. Your program may also require an internship component that allows you to use the skills you learn in the classroom.

    Career Opportunities

    With a bachelor’s in sports medicine, you may work in physical education, nutrition, athletic training or as an exercise specialist. Students who pursue an advanced degree may work as physical therapists, chiropractors or as medical doctors. Since this degree opens a variety of doors, other career options with either an undergraduate or post-graduate degree may include strength training or conditioning coach or researcher.

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    About the Author

    Kate Beck started writing for online publications in 2005. She worked as a certified ophthalmic technician for 10 years before returning to school to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing. Beck is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel.

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