As young whipper snappers, many of us dream of a career in sport. Sadly, we're not all cut out to be professional athletes, though that doesn't mean there isn't a seat for you at the professional fitness table!
For those with a love of sports, there's a whole world of career options within sports-related fields. Though just like any specialist profession, it takes a credible qualification and certified knowledge to get you there. If you're studying a Gym Instructor or Personal Trainer course and have your sights set on a sporting career, we've outlined a few jobs you might step into.
Exercise physiologists analyse their patients' fitness in order to help them improve their health or maintain good health. Your clients might include those with heart disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or pulmonary (lung) disease. You'll be qualified as an Exercise Referral Specialist which will set you in good stead to work alongside GPs and healthcare professionals either via the NHS or private healthcare.
After the team’s head coach, the next most crucial member of a sports team is the strength and conditioning coach. If you fancy yourself as a trainer to a professional sports team, our Strength and Conditioning Specialist Course provides the knowledge and training to cut above the traditional personal trainer skill set. We delve down into the bio-mechanical analysis of athletes, physiological training needs analysis and plyometric to outline how they can be used together to improve sports-related performance. See what Pro Rugby Player Matt told us about working with his Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Many medical practitioners, physiotherapists and physical therapists hold a Personal Training or similar fitness certification. You'll need to add to your CV with other relevant qualifications based on the area you plan to go into, though a Personal Trainer qualification and fitness experience is a must on the list for many sports medicine roles.
Many professional athletes don't have the time for meal prepping, macro counting and researching nutrition. As a sports dietician, you'll create nutritional plans and offer to coach on eating for weight management, strength training, stamina and performance. Our Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance course provides the perfect platform for a leap into a career as a dietician.
If you don't fancy your chances doing it yourself, tell others how to do it! Sports coaches come in a variety of options, from entry-level sports teams to professional premier league. As a coach, you'll be responsible for the management of your team's performance, as well as their well being. So an understanding of the body and it's limitations is crucial.
In the ongoing battle against childhood obesity, Kids Fitness Instructors are emerging as a popular career choice for qualified Personal Trainers. You might teach group fitness classes, coach a kids sports team or work as a consultant for schools and leisure centres offering sporting activities that get the little people moving. You'll need a recognised qualification, bags of creativity and a savvy for getting kids excited about exercise... not in video game form!
Sports psychologists work with athletes on both professional and amateur level, to help them deal psychologically with the demands of their sport, and to improve their overall performance. A healthy mind is a healthy body, right? What better way to improve performance by drilling down on an emotional level.
If you have a love of sport, a recognised qualification to show you know your stuff, and a way with words... sports journalism could be one for you. You might work for a local newspaper or for a national sports magazine. Sports journalism offers a number of opportunities including digital blogs, sports columns, video blogging, social media management and even TV appearances.
Careers in sports massage have gained increasing popularity in recent years, and more Personal Trainers are becoming qualified to meet the increasing demand for expertise in treating specialist injuries. You'll need a qualification in sports massage - ours is awarded by Active IQ, the leading AO in the Active Leisure sector.
Just getting started? Speak to our team about which of our professional fitness courses will be the right path for you to kick start a career in sports.
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