Sports and exercise scientists apply scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and improvement of sporting performance and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many work as coaches and trainers for a range of sports, carrying out tests on their clients and developing fitness training programmes based on the results. These are designed to help them improve their performance.
Another area where sports scientists can be found is in health care; for example working with people who have had heart attacks or in health education and promotion, demonstrating that physical activity can improve health generally. Other opportunities include working on the design and development of equipment, or in sales or education. People who do this work are organised, good at problem-solving and are team players.
What it takes
What it takes:
Skills and knowledge you'll need
- knowledge of biology
- knowledge of psychology
- the ability to work well with others
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to enjoy working with other people
- excellent verbal communication skills
- excellent written communication skills
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Day to day
Day to day:
Your job could involve
- working with sports coaches and sports therapists to improve the performance of individuals and teams
- working with doctors to help people improve their health through exercise
- working with hospitals and other health organisations in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation
- taking part in research projects
- offering advice on the design and manufacture of sports equipment
You could work in an NHS or private hospital, on a sports field, at a research facility, in an office, at a client's business or at a fitness centre.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.