Career Guide for Sports Medicine


In the situations where, all of us, the whole nation and everyone has expectations from the cricketer on whom whole of the match is depended, comes the role of a person from Sports Medicine. Therefore, Anonymous Sports Medicine is a great idea in India and a solution to this collective sigh upon a star cricketer.

There is a dearth as well as highly trained professionals are very important in sports medicine.

Sports Medicine Professionals – Overview

Sports medicine overall comprises of the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries.

Sports medicine has many specialization areas, from the athletic trainer who interacts with the athletes on a daily basis to the fully trained medical doctor who specializes in orthopedic surgery or cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation. An athletic trainer or fitness instructor may coach athletes on the correct techniques to perform exercises to avoid sports-related injuries. Areas and sub-disciplines one might pursue for a career in sports medicine also include:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Sport dietetics/nutrition
  • Massage therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sports medicine research


A Crucial winning edge-

The role Sports medicine plays in a player’s life is immense. In a field like sports, where a minor injury like a simple swelling on the wrist can become a hindrance to reach the goal. In Sports where nothing short than 200% fitness is essential, Sports Medicine can give the player a crucial edge. Today India needs efficient trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychologists and physiologists and other professionals involved in the field for keeping fit the athletes.

Sports Medicine involves various professionals in which first comes the role of the Sports physiologists and psychologists.  They assess the physical as well as mental condition of the person and regularly monitor their progress.

Educational Requirements for Sports Medical Professionals

  • Many universities offer degrees and courses in sports medicine. One could earn an associate or bachelor’s degree to be a personal trainer, athletic trainer or exercise instructor. After earning a degree from an accredited university and, in some cases, earning certification, one may work in fitness centers, gymnasiums or school and university settings.
  • Students pursuing master’s degrees in physical therapy/ physiotherapy may choose a sports medicine specialization. Specialization covers supervised clinical practice, hands-on practice on patients and lab instruction.
  •  Students interested in research in sports medicine may wish to pursue Ph.D. To focus on treating sports related injuries, a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) may do a specialized residency in sports medicine after completing an accredited medical school program and passing a national licensure examination.

The course of sports medicine programme covers training such as athletic, anatomy, sports nutrition, conditioning and biomechanics. Other subjects like athletic injury prevention, exercise leadership, applied kinesiology, substance abuse and strength training are also involved.

Scope for MBBS+ Sports Medicine

Specialists in sports medicine are hired by the Sports Authority of India, and that of respective states, sports federations and large private hospitals and sports clubs and institutes, schools and Universities.

For getting into Sports medicine one can pursue MSc in sports physiotherapy or short term courses. In India, courses are offered by-

  • Guru Nanak Dev University,
  • Amritsar Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports,
  • Patiala Jamia Hamdard,
  • New Delhi Medvarsity Online Ltd,
  • Alagappa University,
  • Karaikudi
  • University of Madras.

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