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Sports Medicine


Sports medicine refers to many different areas of exercise and sports science that relate both to performance and care of injury. Within sports medicine are areas of specialization such as clinical medicine, orthopedic, exercise physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, athletic training, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and more.

A Career in Sports Medicine
Advice from a Sports Medicine Professional
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American College of Sports Medicine Guide to Programs and Career Opportunities in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
American College of Sports Medicine Student Award Information
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI); Student Researcher Program
Athletic Training Graduate Programs
Athletic Training Master of Science Program at Boston University
Athletic Training Master of Science Program at Bridgewater State University
Athletic Training Master of Science Program at OSU-CHS
Athletic Training Program Search
Athletic Training/Trainer Degrees
Becoming an Athletic Trainer
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); Prospective Student Information
Guide to Sports Medicine
How to Become a Sports Doctor
How to Become a Sports Doctor (eHow)
How to Become a Sports Medicine Doctor in 5 Steps
How to Become a Sports Medicine Physician
How to Get a Degree in Sports Medicine
List of Schools That Offer Sports Medicine Programs
Medscape Sports Medicine Articles
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Orthopedic Surgeon Interview
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Scholarships for Sports Medicine Students
Sports Medicine Articles in SportScience
Sports Medicine Career
Sports Medicine Careers
Sports Medicine Degree
Sports Medicine FAQ
Sports Medicine Graduate Programs
Sports Medicine Graduate Programs with Career Information
Sports Medicine News from the Osteopathic Schools
Sports Medicine Overview
Sports Medicine Physician Career
Sports Medicine Physician: Education and Training Requirements
Sports Medicine Professions: Overview of Career Education Programs
Sports Medicine Programs
Sports Medicine Q and A
The Physician and Sportsmedicine Online Journal
Top 10 Sports Medicine Colleges
What Are the Basics of a Sports Medicine Degree?
What Is a Sports Medicine Specialist?
What Is Sports Medicine?


Many professions in sports medicine require a certification. Each profession has different requirements for the certification process. The best way to find out about these requirements is to learn about the organizations that regulate the certification process for each profession.
For example, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) offers certification in several fields. ACSM requires all candidates taking the ACSM Health/Fitness InstructorSM or ACSM Exercise Specialist® examination to have at least an associate's degree in a health-related field and those taking the ACSM Exercise Specialist® to have at least a bachelor's degree in an allied health field. Candidates must also possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required of the level of certification for which they are applying.

Program Length

Variable, depending on the degree (associate's, bachelor's, master's, or PhD).

Professional Schools' Organization

Two examples of certifying organizations are the American College of Sports Medicine and the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. There are other certifying organizations.

Application Service

ATCAS (Athletic Training Centralized Application System) A centralized application service for candidates applying to degree programs in athletic training.

Academic Admission Requirements

Variable, depending on the program.

Admission Exam

No standardized exam. Certifying exams are offered in each field.

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Qualifications and expertise in all areas of exercise testing and prescription, both treatment and prevention - from clinical and rehabilitation programs in hospitals to corporate wellness centers to local parks and recreation departments to senior continuing care programs to health and fitness facilities.

Recommendation Letters

As specified by individual schools offering related degree. None required for certification exams.