I first became interseted in the field of Sports Medicine when I was entering my sophomore year of college. I was always an athlete and knew that I wasn't going to make a career out of being a professional athlete. I always wanted to be around sports and decided that I could make a nice career out of sports medicine as an Athletic Trainer.
My high school education was not part of my preparation for my career in Sports Medicine. I was, however, a college prep student in High School. I would recommend taking, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry and Physics in High School to prepare for the college curriculum in Sports Medicine.
Sports Medicine was in its infancy when I was in High School. There wasn't any opportunity at that time for any extra-curricular work in Sports Medicine. I would suggest going to a local Physical Therapy clinic or Sports Medicine office and offering to volunteer a few hours a week in their establishment.
I no longer work as an Athletic Trainer, but my normal day when I worked as an ATC would consist of preparing athletes for games/practices through taping/bandaging and bracing. I would also provide rehab and evaluation of athletic injuries to those athletes who needed it. Providing counseling to athletes and coaches in regards to conditioning and nutrition was also part of my job.
I enjoy my career as a Surgical Orthopaedic Physician Assistant immensly. I am challenged and rewarded on a daily basis.
If you are considering Medicine as a field of endeavor, I have a few suggestions:
- Be prepared to sacrifice years of your life.
- Be prepared to say "I'm sorry" to loved ones for always working late.
- Be prepared to work very, very hard.
"Success is measured not in one's accomplishments; Success is measured in
what one overcomes!"