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Sport Rehabilitation

Sport rehab students working with patients

 

A first degree in sport rehabilitation can lead to a diverse range of employment and postgraduate study opportunities. We expect the majority of students to commit to careers in the sports and wellbeing sector undertaking roles such as:

  • graduate sport rehabilitator working with both professional and amateur athletes
  • graduate sport rehabilitator working in private practice with members of the public on either an employed or self-employed basis.
  • graduate sport rehabilitator working with injured service personnel as a civilian exercise remedial instructor with the Ministry of Defence
  • graduate sport rehabilitator working with members of the public in the public health sector or within the NHS.
  • graduate sport rehabilitator working with members of the public in the fitness and health sector
  • teaching in the education sector within further education, higher education or lifelong learning institutions.
  • researcher in injury and rehabilitation with charities, such as Versus Arthritis
  • undertake further study and professional development within allied fields, such as strength and conditioning, physiotherapy or osteopathy

Others may decide to look at jobs outside of science and enter a diverse range of roles ranging from law, finance, public relations, teaching, and charity work.

 

The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) is the UK regulator for sport rehabilitation states:

‘As the number of people participating in sport and exercise at all levels continues to increase, so too do the diverse demands on healthcare practitioners. Couple this with the nationwide drive to make Britain a healthier place and get people of all ages and physical conditions exercising; there is a definite need for exercise and rehabilitation professionals who can work alongside and complement the existing healthcare practitioners.

Sport rehabilitators help people suffering from pain, injury or illness involving the musculoskeletal system. They help people of all ages to maintain their health and fitness, recover from and prevent injury and reduce pain using exercise, movement and manual based therapeutic interventions.

 

The course at the University of Nottingham is accredited with BASRaT which entitles graduates who meet their entry criteria to apply for full graduate membership and bestows the professional title of graduate sport rehabilitator.

Find out more about BASRaT 

Where could I work? What jobs titles should I look for?

As expected, the majority of sport rehabilitation graduates will go on to work in the health and sport sector.

Employers can range from the:

  • Ministry of Defence
  • private practice
  • professional sports clubs and teams
  • health and well-being sector
  • leisure industry

Opportunities for BASRaT graduates are advertised nationally and will appear under a variety of job titles including:

  • team therapist
  • remedial instructor
  • rehabilitation case manager, therapist or trainer
  • sports rehabilitator
  • clinical assistant
  • sports therapist
  • physiotherapist
  • fitness instructor

Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £25,000.

Please note that further qualifications or accreditation may be required as well as your degree. Professional body membership (such as BASRaT) and suitable insurance coverage is often required for employment.

Where to look for jobs

You can also explore the following websites to assess the job market and internships opportunities.

BASRaT

Jobs in Sport

Leisure Jobs

Careers in Sport

Sporting Opportunities

Sport England

Sports Job Finder

Joining LinkedIn could be valuable as you can find other sport scientists, track their careers to date, and perhaps make contact with them. Or you could join a specific online community.

Advice on LinkedIn profiles and making contacts on the BASRaT website

 
 

Enhancing your employability during your degree

To ensure currency and safety in practice all graduate sport rehabilitators are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) to compliment, update and further specialise the knowledge gained as part of the BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation programme.

Some graduates will choose to complete additional qualifications or short course learning in areas such as Strength and Conditioning with organisations such as the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), dry needling and or specialist manual therapy skills with short course providers or further their studies to higher degrees at universities in allied subjects such as Physiotherapy.

The UKSCA state that: having a degree does not make you exempt from completing the UKSCA’s accreditation process but of course the knowledge and skills you have obtained should support you in your assessment. 

Topics they will cover include:

  • foundation in strength and conditioning
  • applied coaching science
  • weight lifting for sport performance
  • plyometrics
  • agility and speed
  • planning effective programmes

Coaching qualifications

  • You may want to acquire coaching qualifications within a particular sport or acquire multi sport coaching skills. Check out UK Coaching for more information
  • Alternatively, choose a sport and acquire specific coaching qualifications such as The Football Association coaching programme
  • Free online training and qualifications are available through groups such as England Rugby, UK Sport, the Football Association and World Rugby on a wide variety of coaching topics including concussion, child welfare and mental health

Away from sport you could be active in the community or student societies and make a positive contribution to the communities you live within

Skills to develop during your course or through extracurricular activities

To secure employment and remain employable you will need to develop a range of skills during your time at Nottingham. Those skills will include:

  • communicating with people from diverse backgrounds and experience
  • listening to people and interpreting what they say and feel
  • working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • accuracy and paying attention to detail
  • using computers and software
  • analysing and understanding data
  • using pivot tables
  • solving problems
  • research skills
  • time management
  • planning skills

Working with young or vulnerable people

Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues will be required if you apply for jobs with young or vulnerable people. For example, The Football Association may ask you to hold a current FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate (or willing to complete a FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate).

 

What are my further study options?

You may decide that a job on graduation is not for you and consider undertaking a masters degree or PhD in sport science. 

There are a variety of Level 7 MSc qualifications such as Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy and Public Health.  Short CPD courses are also commonplace within this profession.

For some PhDs a masters degree might be preferred.

Examples of PhDs include:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation science
  • Human performance and rehabilitation sciences
  • Shoulder and upper limb research
  • What are the mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise on chronic knee pain and function?
 
 

 

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