You’ll get to travel with the professional athletes and play a critical role in their success. Not only will you manage injuries, you’ll also help them maximise recovery and prepare properly so that they can be their best on the big day.
“Very few elite sports people play without any pain. You just have to know how to deal with it and also whether there is going to be any long-term damage or you can get them back on the field again next week. So you have got to understand the game and the feeling of playing sport.”
– Justin Faulkner, Physio for Hong Kong Rugby 7s Men’s Team
Salary Range: In general, physiotherapists could expect to earn around $60,000 to $85,000 per year, but if you own your own practice or become an elite sports therapist you could expect to command much more.
Future Growth: The Good Universities Guide rate the outlook for Physiotherapists as very strong.
Qualifications and skills required:
To become a qualified physiotherapist you need either a 4 year undergraduate degree, or a 3 year undergrad degree plus a postgrad degree that generally takes 2 years.
Sports physios need strengths in the following areas:
- Lots of patience to deal with multiple clients and both players and coaches under stress
- A strong interest in sports and physical fitness
- Ability to handle the physical demands of the job, including treating clients
- Good communication skills
Get a Head Start and become a Club Trainer
Sports Trainers and First Aiders volunteer and provide player support and safety. While most AFL and NRL Sports Trainers already have qualifications in the medical field, your local clubs are likely to depend on volunteers with basic first aid qualifications.
What does the training look like?
Your degree will include elements of medical theory, clinical courses, and hands-on training. By the time you graduate you’ll have all the skills and knowledge you need to start working straight away.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has a list of approved programs of study that you really should check out before picking a course – all of these programs have been assessed and are recognised by employers across Australia. Not all courses offered by Australian Universities are approved, and the list is updated regularly so do your own research.FIND THE LIST HERE