29 May 2020 | Career Advice | Guest Author
Whether you went into your sports science degree as an athlete or as someone who would prefer to work behind the scenes, there are plenty of career options available to you once you’ve have finished your studies. Degrees in sports science cover a broad range of areas related to sports and this means that you have many paths that you can go down in terms of a career.
For some people, a degree might be the end of your study and you might be ready to start a career now. For others, however, you might want to carry on studying and use your sports science degree as a launchpad for a more specific area of study.
Whatever you choose, there is a lot that you can do with your sports science degree, and here is a taste of just a few of them…
Sports Equipment Design and Development
For sportsmen and women to perform at their best, they need to have the most effective equipment that is possible. This ranges from hockey sticks to sports clothing and you can use your knowledge from a sports science degree to understand how to design and develop new and effective sports equipment.
Tennis equipment specialists, Wigmore, for example, emphasise the importance of footwear for tennis players, stating that “The fit and comfort of footwear is a vital but often overlooked factor for ensuring optimal performance on the court”.
There is a saying that ‘a bad workman always blames his tools’ but it is also true that ‘a good workman is only as good as the tools they have’, and working in sports equipment design and development helps athletes to get the best out of themselves.
Whether you are working for yourself or for someone as part of a gym or franchise, the role of a personal trainer involves assessing and monitoring your clients as well as working with them to achieve their fitness goals.
As a personal trainer you might be working with athletes on their daily routine, people who have suffered injuries or just those who are working towards goals such as fitness, weight loss, stamina or strength. You will use the skills and knowledge gained through your degree to help your clients achieve their goals through exercise.
A personal trainer needs to have good knowledge of sports science but also have good people skills and be good at motivation to get the best results from what can be a very rewarding job.
To work in sports nutrition, you might need to carry out extra study during or after your degree. However, your studies should give you a good base to become a sports nutritionist. You will need to understand the relationship between the food that we eat and how it affects the body – especially in terms of sport.
As a sports nutritionist, you might work for a sports club, the NHS, or yourself, working with individual clients to achieve the best results for them.
Sport and exercise and the brain are intrinsically linked. Top performing athletes will always tell you about how important psychology is to their athletic performance. As a sports psychologist, you will look at how exercise and sports can affect the brain, and how the brain can affect our sports performance.
Most people will need to carry out extra study after a sports science degree to pursue a career in sports psychology to give them a more in-depth knowledge of the workings of the brain.
You can use the knowledge that you have gained through your sports science degree to become a sports teacher in a school, gym or other institution. This is the perfect way to influence the next generation to enjoy sport, understand why it is important and encourage people to keep fit and look after themselves.
As a sports teacher – especially if you work in a school – you will have the responsibility of creating the next generation of sportsmen and women as well as help to shape the fitness of the future.
Usually, to become a sports teacher you will need to study for a year-long PGCE after your degree course for the qualification to teach in a state school. Teaching isn’t for everyone, but it can be a very rewarding job for those that it suits.
With a degree in sports science, there is a wide range of career options that are open to you. This means that you are able to specialise even more so in specific areas that are of interest to you.