Some alternative jobs titles for this role
- Sports Therapist
- Sports Injury Practitioner
- Exercise Scientist
What the job involves
- Evaluate athlete's performance to determine what improvements are to be made
- Develop treatment and exercise programmes that support athletes' preparation and recovery, and help them return to training or competition
- Conduct research into sporting performances, and communicate findings to officials, athletes, coaches and other support staff
- Develop training programmes for sportspeople to improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury
- Work as part of the athlete's support team to develop the athlete's performance
How your career can develop
Sports scientists can specialise to become an exercise physiologist, motor control and learning specialist, sports biomechanics, diet and nutrition specialist or psychologist. There are many opportunities to specialise in the field. There are also research bodies doing primary research into sports and fitness.
Why it matters?
Current research, led by Dr. Bennet Omalu based in Pennsylvania USA, may suggest that American football players are at a higher risk of developing CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a brain disease caused by repeated brain trauma. If CTE is linked to American football, Dr. Omalu's research could shape the future of contact sports.
- A strong interest in sports and nutrition
- Excellent analytical and organisational skills
- An interest in science
- Good communication and teamwork skills
- Observation skills
- A passion for fitness and physical well-being
- Sports clinics
- Sporting associations
- Sports teams
- Graduate/Starting €20,000 to €30,000
- Senior/Potential €70,000+ after 10 years
To become a sport scientist, students should consider completing a bachelor’s degree in sports science. Alternative routes to a bachelor’s degree in this area may apply to students that have a PLC qualification in a related course or general science certification or diploma. For further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following a PLC qualification, students should visit the CAO course search at Careersportal.ie.
- Irish Sports Council www.irishsportscouncil.ie
- Science in Sport www.scienceinsport.ie
- Professor Niall Moyna, School of Health & Human Performance, DCU talks about the Science of Sport and the role exercise plays in Human Health
- Video: Sports and exercise science careers