Sports Therapy

Rehab and treatment of athletes who suffer from injuries!

What does it take to be a Sports Therapist?

The minimum requirement for sports therapists is a Bachelor's degree; but a lot who want to work at better schools receive a Masters Degree. Science and anatomy classes help teach you how to assess sports injuries and apply techniques.

Most states require that sports therapists and athletic trainers have a license and receive certification by taking a board certified exam.

Salary

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), sports therapists can make up to $80,000 per year.

Work Environment

Sports therapists can be found in sports injury clinics, gyms, health clubs and professional and semi-professional sports clubs. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

Where can I get an education?

There are 19 schools in Texas that offer a degree in Sports Therapy. Some of them include: Texas Christian University, Stephen F. Austin University, University of Texas and Angelo State University.

Cost of Education

The average cost for in state tuition is $12,500 dollars for $32,000 for out of state tuition. Private Universities are much higher and can cost up to $75,000.

Equipment and Supplies

Sports Therapists always carry around a first aid kit with them which includes tape, gauze, ointment and a stethoscope. For more serious injuries they may use a back board or splint.

Career Outlook

From 2012 to 2022 this career is expected to have a 36% growth which is over the average for normal jobs.

Professional Associations and Affiliations

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers, sports therapists and others who support the athletic training profession.

Statistics and Fun Facts

Sports medicine uses methods such as active-release technique and self-myofascial release. These two stretching techniques may be used in rehabilitation and prehabilitation of injury.

A study in October 2012 to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) show that having a Sports Therapist/Athletic Trainer on staff makes sports safer: overall injury rates were 1.73 times higher among high school soccer players and 1.22 times higher among basketball players in schools without athletic trainers,.

A 2010 University of Michigan study shows two-thirds of middle and high school parents surveyed supported a requirement that high schools have a Sports Therapist/Athletic Trainer onsite for practices and games.

Why I Chose this Career

i am a firm believer in helping people and when it comes to sports i am that kind of person to talk to about that. I love sports and when i grow up I want to play in the NBA but if that does not work I have to have something to fall back or a career when I retire from the NBA. Learning about the human body is also fascinating to me. Ever since I have grown up it has caught my eye in helping others strive to there fullest potential and I also love helping them do it. Even if it is something small like just taping up a hand and the athlete appreciates and gets back on the court or field during a game i know that i have done my job and that is why it will let me be proud and more excited about the career that I have chosen.