In the sports industry you can go down to down too many different career pathways, you can be a sports psychologist, which excels patients in developing their sports career by helping with their mental mind-set while playing the sport. Sports therapists maintain someone’s fitness and gives advice based on what their fitness is looking like, they also provide vital/emergency care in the sport environment. Sports therapists also give knowledge and advice people on what to eat. There are many jobs in the sports sector whether you want to be a coach, sports analyst and or sport psychologists there is something for everyone. For the industry your geographical location will affect what job you can get in the area so say if you lived in an area where it snows a lot and there is a constant amount of snow you are more likely to get a job in skiing like coaching as there would be a high amount of jobs in the area for that industry whereas you wouldn’t be able to get a job in football most likely as football is too dangerous to play in them conditions. In addition, if an area has a history of that sport then there are probably going to be more available jobs in the area this is because when history is in the city/town it carries that reputation. Seasons also affect the employment of the job says as if you were a lifeguard at an open swimming pool when it is not summer you would be out of employment for the rest of the year until it was summer again. There are 5 career pathways you can take in the sports industry:
• Coaching – Working with children, safeguarding, etc.
• Sports Science – Nutritionist, sports psychologists, sports therapy, injury management, etc.
• Education – Teaching at a school in the sports department, teaching in higher education.
• Sports development – Sports development officer, NGB Leads, talent pathway leaders, etc.
• Leisure management – Lifesaving aid, Facilities management, health and safety, customer service, etc.
Careers and Jobs in the sports industry
There are many sectors in the sports industry, Public sector is where you work for some sort of government agency and that is where your money comes from so a P.E Teacher would be part of the public sector. The private sector is all for-profit organisations that are not owned/operated by the government for example a nutritionist that works for Lucozade would be private as they are there for the money and don’t get their money from. Next is voluntary or so called non-profit organisations meaning they make money from donations from the public and all money goes back into the company they are exempt from tax and get no support from the government. One other sector is public/private partnership which is an arrangement between a public agency (e.g government) and a private agency.
With the job there are different contracts you can get, full time where an employee works a minimum set of hours which is defined by the employer. Part time is where the employee gets a fewer amount of hours and usually works on a rotation. A fixed term contract is a contract where you work a set amount of hours a week and your contract terminates at a set future date. Self-employment is working for yourself or owing your own company (e.g fitness coach). Zero-hour contract is where the employer does not set a specific amount of weekly hours and the employee does not need to accept the hours given. Apprenticeships are next on the list, which offers a structured program where you do on the job work and classroom work mixed in with each other, they usually last 2 to 3 years with your pay gradually going up each year depending on age.
Career option 1 (Sports Therapist)
A sports therapist works with sports and exercise personal help with preventing injury, while also managing your patients if they do eventually get injured, after you should be able to get your patient to full fitness. Using the knowledge, you have gained from sports science to make sure patients are training correctly. A sports therapist usually works in sports injury clinics and would usually have more than one patient to deal with. If their injury goes beyond your knowledge you refer them to the appropriate healthcare practitioner which will then take care of them. You decide if a patient is good enough to get back into the sport, sometimes working with coaches you will watch them train and give appropriate advice to prevent injury. Within this job, you could be sent out to sport games where you are there for sport emergency injuries.
Skills needed for the job
• giving first aid if needed
• evaluating an athlete to prepare them mentally and physically
• giving massages and applying strapping techniques to provide support to damaged areas
• advising athletes/patients on what stretches to do
• collaborating with coaches to help prevent injury
• accompanying injured athletes and players to appointments
The opportunities that you can get from this job are more in the health sector, you could become a sports coach if you are trained into a specific sport. Another job you could go into also is working at a care home to help with keeping old people healthy, within this sector of the sports industry you could also be a sports analyst if you know the sports rules and how to analyse sports being a sports therapist could help as you would be able to use your knowledge to help.
• You need 5 GCSEs (C-A grade) although this is usually a standard for all careers although with this you may need a GCSE in a sport related subject or psychology.
• At A-level it is desirable to have an A-level in sport or science this will further your knowledge in the actual job and could help down the line
• Bsc degree in sports therapy could get you a job of being a sports therapist
• If you want to further this, you could get a Msc in Sports Therapy in the UK there are only 4 Universities that do this but would help a great amount if you do have this as it would stand out to any of your employers
• No further qualifications are needed but if you were going to get any other qualifications sports science would help as well.
Legislations in the job
Manual Handling operations regulations 1992
Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1985
Data Protection Act 1984
Consumer Protection Act 1987
To keep up on your career progression you can do multiple courses such as First Aid certificate, rehabilitation after injury and sports injury course. These all keep you on top of your job and development through your job.
Career Option 2 (Sports Analyst)
Sports analysts are the staple in sports media. Sports analysts use their knowledge of sports science, sports and a handful of other things in the sports industry to commentate, write up and print your overview of the game in hand. For a sports analyst knowing everything in that sport you commentate or write up about is key to being a successful analyst you need to be able to explain why the team line up is the way it is, the reason a certain call was made, all this makes a good analyst of the sport you are the sport translator you could call it. With just analysing the game comes much more. You have to stay up to date with all new season rule changes, injury updates, background knowledge of the sport. A main skill needed for this job is to have very good communication skills, with also being able to articulate what you say well without losing people while explaining things.
• Being able to understand what is going on while watching the game
• Good listening is key if you aren’t good at listening to someone’s opinions
• Good time management for making time to write up reports
• Good interpretation for predicting the outcome of the game in hand
After having this job, you could really go into most jobs within the sports industry as most of your analyse can help with jobs such as coaching, fitness training and dietitian. It can vary the reason for this is when writing your reports, you gain the knowledge of professional sportsman. So, say you was a sports analyst for football you over the years of doing it would gather the information to do football coaching as not only do you watch the games or even go to them you go to training grounds where players train to improve. To become a dietitian, you would need to work towards getting a degree approved by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics as getting the degree you can take what you have learnt from being a sports analyst to being a dietitian.
• A degree in a related field like sports coaching
• A degree in journalism, communications or broadcasting. This is not needed but is desired
• GCSEs (A*-C) most desired in P.E, Science and English.
• Although not needed a masters in Sports Science can help a lot
• A-Level in Sports
Legislations in the job
In my finding I could not find any legislations with this job but I can guess that it would be normal legislations like data protection act, etc.
Career choice is Sports Therapist
Interests and Accomplishments
To start of what I would love to achieve later on in life would be to be a paramedic, I have a very strong interest in this sector of work this mostly stems from family being in the job and being brought up with the job around you, you gain a natural interest to help. Another interest of mine is sport this led me on to doing kickboxing as a sport which took 4 years of training to become a black belt, in this time I won a national tournament another great accomplishment of mine. One other main interest is in science the specific science being biology as I find it interesting to learn about the world around us and in general to learn about our own body and how it works.
One of my good qualities is that I’m very respectful towards everyone I meet this helps in life in general as it sets a good first impression which is needed in everyday life this also helps with speaking to people as they won’t have a tarnished view of you and will communicate in a proper way. Another quality of mine is commitment if I never had commitment while doing kickboxing I would have never got my black belt or even won a national I’d say my commitment is a main quality mine as I like to set targets and accomplish them if I don’t that is wasted time. With commitment comes discipline if you aren’t disciplined you will only just regret the time wasted, I can tell what is right and wrong without second guessing the action I take. I also have a sense of humour this makes me more approachable and helps with being able to deal with stress as it is a main way of relieving it. I also take pride in my work I feel like if I have done something good it should be shown and not hidden this is because why should I not show something that I am proud of like my black belt.
I have basic maths skills to deal with everyday life I don’t take any higher maths lessons as I don’t feel like I need it. I have a lot of science knowledge especially in biology this helps with trying to get the job I aspire to get. I am good at analysing data and writing down what is on a graph on to paper with accuracy. One other skills of mine is a natural ability to take in information and adapt, this is needed in everyday life as every day is different. I have knowledge of IT and find the whole subject interesting as it is a basic skill needed every day now as everything is connected together through the internet. My communication skills are good to the point where I can express in a conversation my opinion very well while being able to listen to people with interest in what they say. Teamwork is one of my strongest points as I like to work together to accomplish something it is also needed to do most things in life if you did everything on your own you would be caught up in too much work so working together just makes lifeless stressful. In reflection I need more skills that will help me get into the job, improving my overall communication is needed, I wouldn’t need to change how physically fit and I need to approach work better.
• Grade C in P.E at GCSE
• Grade C in English Lan/Lit at GCSE
• Grade C in Maths at GCSE
• Grade C in Science at GCSE
• Grade D* in IT at BTEC
• Grade C in Geography at GCSE
Specific technical skills
In my 4 years of doing kickboxing I helped out with teaching younger and older people, I would instruct around about 5 people at one time at all levels so I do have basic knowledge of instructing people and being a leader.
My key strengths are being committed to achieving my goals and have a natural aspiration to do this, which means if I have a goal to work towards too I will do it to the best of my ability. Another main strength is being good at evaluating situations this would help in being a sports therapist as you need to be able to evaluate patients before you go about helping them recover. I am also respectful towards people this helps with communicating with people which is needed in a sports therapist’s job. I am also punctual which is basically needed for everything.
Time management is a major weakness of mine I spend too much time doing things that are important but could be done quicker. I am also unorganised although trying to work on this in the past year. Tiredness would be another weakness of mine I’m never getting to sleep on time.
To achieve being a sports therapist I can do a Level 5 Sports therapy course which could help on achieving the job in hand. A degree in sports science would be desirable to put me ahead of someone else going for the job. Work experience in the job could also help.
Time is the main problem as I don’t have time in the week because of being in full time education at the moment, another threat would be travel as most places require to travel quite far. Knowledge at the moment could stop me doing as well but through the opportunities I would gain the knowledge needed.
This action plan shows how I am going to achieve my goal of becoming a sports therapist, through this I will explain how I’m going to improve my skills, get the grades I need and what impact these improvements have to getting towards the goal that I am working towards.
Aims How long will it take? Done by? What is the impact?
Evaluate how coaches handle injuries to improve analysis of injuries. Too become good a analysing something there is an extended time that is needed so I will say at least a year. Summer of 2018, is where I could see myself learning on how to analysis injuries properly. Further on when becoming a sports therapist it will help me with getting into the job a lot easier as I would have background knowledge and experience.
To work on time management by using a planner for each day should over time. Take a day or two to set the planner up but then to get into a routine of sticking to the planner could take up to 4 weeks. January of 2018 is a definite but this obviously depends on how quickly I can get into the routine. Makes me more employable because it shows them that I’m organised and can manage time well.
Get the required UCAS points of 120 to do sports therapy Till the end of the school academic year as this is where I find out if I have got enough UCAS points to apply for the course 2018 July this will be done hoping on I get the grades/UCAS points The impact of this decides whether or not I would have to do a foundation course.
Take a course in sports therapy at the university of Birmingham this would be full time for 3 years The course takes 3 years’ full time. The over the years you will develop and learn the main skills to be a sports therapist, this would include signs, symptoms, and mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as the practical skills required to effectively assess and treat lower limb sporting injuries. Sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, for the last year you will be learning how to maximise efficiency in training. If I start in September 2018 the course will end in 2021, this is enough time to get the knowledge needed and get the course complete. The impact on getting towards being a sports therapist is that having this is an essential to getting in the industry. So hopefully with the degree I will be able to get a job as a sports therapist.
Getting a job in sports therapy, earning at the start £19,000 at the start, the more experience you get you could go up to £50,000 Per annum After doing the course, I would apply for multiple jobs for sports therapy depending on how long the process can take this could take a few weeks to a 2 months. Well if I finish the course in July 2021 I would start to find a job before I finished the course because then I would have job when I got off the course, so this could be done by summer of 2021 Makes it so I’m in the industry and from there if I change my mind on what I would want to do I would have it down and would help me move jobs in the industry.
Take a masters in sports science after already being in the industry for 3 or 5 years The course takes 12 months in total in which it would be practitioner-led learning in the sports and exercise medicine. Done 2025 after being in the industry for about 3 years this would mean I have enough knowledge to take the course, I would be in no rush to take the course this is because I would want to take the course knowing that I would be ready to do it. Makes me employable in most of the industry making me very versatile in the industry to where I could do most sports science related jobs.
Although not needed it is always good to have work experience in the job that you are going for so for this you could get involvement from actually partaking in a sport to get a feel for the role. Community sport organisations would also help, also can a student membership with Society of Sports Therapists.
To keep up with knowledge I would read up on the latest news to stay connected, this would mean looking at new techniques for rehabilitation. Another thing would be to go overview someone’s practice and another thing is to improve by self-reflecting and improving on what I have done poorly or not to the best standard. Taking a masters in sport science, this is a 1-year course would make employable in any sports science job if I do change my mind to change job. Also to develop knowledge networking in the industry could help a lot as I would be able to learn new things that I wouldn’t originally learn this would also keep me up to date in the industry.