Careers in Physical Therapy Sports Medicine

Kevin Bryant of Jenkins High

Physical therapy is a growing career that typically requires graduate study and licensure. Many schools offer doctoral degrees in physical therapy with potential for focus in the field of sports medicine. Sports physical therapists are involved in helping athletes prevent and treat injuries as well as improving performance. To earn this specialization, physical therapists must also gain additional certification.

Required Education Doctoral degree
Additional Requirements State license and professional certification in sports medicine
Projected Job Growth* (2012-2022) 36% for all physical therapists
Median Salary* (2013) $81, 030 for all physical therapists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Education Requirements for a Physical Therapist in Sports Medicine

A degree from an accredited physical therapy program is required to work as a physical therapist in sports medicine. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that only graduate programs are accredited. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree program to be considered for admission.

The majority of physical therapy programs result in doctorates. Students can complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which includes clinical experience, within three years. In many programs, experiential learning begins in the first year. Some required courses include anatomy, orthopedics and pharmacology. Students also learn about treatments for a variety of conditions, from cardiovascular issues to sports injuries and muscular problems. Some programs may require that students attend at least one summer term.

It's Interesting

  • Joseph F. Waeckerle is an American physician specializing in Emergency and Sports medicine. He is best known to the public for directing the search and rescue efforts at the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse in Kansas City, Missouri on July 17, 1981. He is currently Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City...

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