What to Expect
If you want to help others learn how to have fun and reach their athletic
potential, check out a sport studies program.
"I love to help people feel better," says Carrie Powell. She took sport
medicine at Lenoir-Rhyne, where she also played soccer. "I played a number
of sports in high school and have always enjoyed being around other athletes."
Powell's day normally included hands-on work with ailing athletes
to "figure out what is wrong with them, if they're in pain." She taped some
players and helped others with rehabilitation.
Allison Rene Carter majored in exercise science at Vincennes University.
A typical day for her included courses in exercise prescription and human
movement leadership. She also took classes in anatomy, physiology,
nutrition and fitness skills.
"I didn't realize how complicated the study of different functions of the
body [would be] -- such as metabolism and muscle contraction," says Carter.
"There is a lot of memorization in anatomy and physiology."
Susan Oehlerking also took sports studies. "The practical, applied experience
we receive is one of the best aspects of the program," she says. "The professors
and athletic therapists...are always willing to show us new things and are
available to answer any questions we may have."
Jeremy Payne attended Vincennes University. He says hands-on experience
began in the sophomore year. "I had the privilege of working with a high school
football team and working in the training room with the head directors. I taped
and evaluated previous injuries, doing any rehabilitation that was needed.
I also rehabilitated injuries and worked hands-on with therapeutic modalities
like EMS and ultrasound."
Payne put in three hours of study and homework each evening, five days
a week. Carter says she needed to put in five to seven hours each day.
How to Prepare
Payne says good preparation for a program like this includes "weight training
and cardiovascular fitness" in addition to biology, anatomy, physiology
and sociology studies.
"If there is an opportunity to be a student trainer -- that would be a
valuable experience along with being certified in CPR and first aid," he says.