Roles and responsibilities
- devise treatment and exercise programs that support an athlete's preparation and recovery, and assist sportspeople to return to training or competition
- conduct experiments, make observations and interpret data in relation to sporting performances, and communicate findings to officials, athletes, coaches and other support staff
- design or assist in designing training programs for sportspeople to improve sporting performance without causing injury, or to strengthen particular areas of the body
- refer clients to medical and paramedical specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and physiotherapists
- assist with psychological issues of motivation and stress
If you want to be a sports scientist you will find opportunities at sports institutes, sporting clinics, health studios and sporting associations.
Many professionals working in sports medicine are self-employed and may sub-contract their services.
Clients include professional and social sports-people. Sports scientists may work as consultants in health, fitness or rehabilitation.
Some sports scientists volunteer at sporting clubs.