The Health Sciences degree with a focus on sports science is designed to provide the student with comprehensive general education and pre-health courses to satisfy sports science-related four-year degrees. Students planning to transfer should consult an academic advisor at the selected transfer college regarding admission procedures and course requirements.
One career direction for this degree is athletic training. Athletic trainers typically do the following:
- Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces
- Recognize and evaluate injuries Provide first aid or emergency care
- Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
- Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
- Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs
Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur on the field. They work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers, often discussing specific injuries and treatment options or evaluating and treating patients, as directed by a physician. Some athletic trainers meet with a team physician or consulting physician regularly. An athletic trainer’s administrative responsibilities may include regular meetings with an athletic director or another administrative officer to deal with budgets, purchasing, policy implementation, and other business-related issues. Athletic trainers plan athletic programs that are compliant with federal and state regulations; for example, they may ensure a football program adheres to laws related to athlete concussions. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers and instructors, which include personal trainers.
There are other careers that a degree in this field can lead to and more information is available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh.