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:
- a sport scientist within education institutions
- team analyst within professional and amateur sports clubs
- strength and conditioning coaching
- sport scientist within professional and amateur sports clubs and organisations
- fitness and wellbeing advisory work
- health screening
- research in sport science
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 sports 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.
BASRaT accredit the University's course and to practice as a sports rehabilitator, you have to be registered with BASRaT
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
- academy 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.
Enhancing your employability during your degree
Strength and conditioning
Strength and conditioning is prevalent within the sports sector and in particular professional sport. You might want to consider acquiring UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation – a professional standard of practice, that employers use when employing and developing staff.
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
- agility and speed
- planning effective programmes
Current jobs at the time of writing included opportunities at Manchester United, Millfield School, University of Strathclyde, Scottish Gymnastics and Surrey Sports Parks.
- 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
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.
For some PhDs a masters degree might be preferred.
Examples of PhDs include:
- Rehabilitation Science
- Human performance and rehabilitation Sciences
- Shoulder/Upper Limb Research
- What are the Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Exercise on Chronic Knee Pain and Function?