Any Sports Med specialists around?

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  1. furious

    furious Senior Member

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    Curiousity about the Sports Medicine field and where it is going. Yes, I'm an athlete, a sprinter/bodybuilder.
    Any comments would be appreciated.


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  3. bnichols0330

    bnichols0330 Senior Member

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    I have a bachelor's in sports medicine and I love the field. I am now trying to get into med school, but I am in the minority in the field. The field as a whole is moving toward the ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer). This is a great field and there is a lot of opportunity out there now that many states are starting to pass laws that every high school must have an ATC on staff. The only downside to the position is the average ATC with a master's degree works about 60 hours a week and makes about 27,000 a year. That's not very good math to me. However, if you're willing to put in your time with that and work your way up as in any business you can get to the major college or even professional level and make big bucks.

    If you want to know more info a good place to look would be the NATA (National Athletic Trainer's Association) web site - www.nata.org
     
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    Thanks for the advice.


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  5. Hamster

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    Hey my boyfriend was a sports med major! :)
    yes that is a WAS, because right before he was set to apply to the program he changed his mind (sophomore year). :( he is now an Public Policy major.
    His reasons for the change were:
    1) The big bucks are with professional teams, however most professional teams have their one guy they are attached to. So basically you must wait for someone to die or retire before you can move in their place.
    2) Lifestyle not conducive to being a family man: traveling, Having to be available before during and after practices
    3) You work 60+ hours a week for a 40,000 salary...unless you are employed by a professional team (please see reason number 1)
    As for me personally I have nothing against sports medicine. Infact, I was really disappointed when he changed his mind so suddenly because he did so well in the courses and looked like he had so many connections. I still nag him about it. Oh well, I guess when money talks and sports medicine walks :rolleyes:
     

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