Big Dreams! Part 1: Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Medicine

Does your teen already know what they want to do when they grow up?  They can probably make a career out of something that interests them now, but most teens I’ve worked with didn’t research different careers and degree requirements until they were almost finished with high school.  It’s easier to work a little harder when we have a clear goal, right? 

In this Big Dreams! blog series, I’ll pull together some basic information about interesting careers and the math courses a student will need to take in high school and college if they want to go for a Big Dream! career.


Is your child an athlete and is passionate about working in that field?  Would a career in sports medicine be a good fit?


 Math Needed in High School:

They will need a high school diploma that includes successful completion of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and another upper level mathematics course.


Math Needed in College:

They will need a 4-year degree and the mathematics required will vary depending on the university they attend.  It’s likely they will need one year of calculus.  (Click here to see a list of the top 34 schools for a sports medicine degree.)


Potential Income & Job Growth

  • In 2016, the income range was reported to be $181,457 to $270,409.
  • The job growth until 2024 is estimated to be 14%.  (That surprises me – I think it’s going to be higher.) 


When I started researching this degree program, I was blown away by the seemingly endless list of specialties of people with this undergraduate degree!  (Note that many specialties would require an additional graduate program or an additional certification program.)  

  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Aquatics Director
  • Athletic Administration in School or College
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Chiropractic Physician
  • Coaching at School or College
  • Director of Youth Camps/Sport Programs
  • Epidemiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor or Program Director at a Commercial Fitness Center
  • Program Director of Corporate Fitness Center
  • Sports Director at a Resort
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Researcher
  • Respiration Therapist
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Psychologist for Performance Enhancement
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Marketer
  • Sports Officiating
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach 


In college, a sports medicine major might take courses like these:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Research in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Human Physiology
  • Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries & Illnesses
  • Biomechanics of Sport


This would be a challenging program and students will need to be disciplined, focused, have a strong work ethic, and a willingness to face and overcome obstacles.  These are skills learned in high school math courses, especially when the content becomes challenging. 

What Big Dream career would you like me to write about?  Leave it in the comments!


If your child is frustrated because they can’t figure out why they aren’t doing as well in math as they do in other classes, they probably have learning gaps in math.  This is normal and very common.  I can find and close those gaps.


If your child is bored because they learn faster than the pace of their class,  I can design a program that will challenge them and deepen their understanding of the concepts to prepare them for upper level math courses.

Let’s help them make their Big Dreams a reality!




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