Recently I came across a couple of fantastic resources about getting the sports physio job of your choice. I thought it might be useful for aspiring sports physios, as obviously a lot of people go into the discipline of physiotherapy to work with athletes and sporting teams.
The first resource is an interview with Wendy Braybon, who was the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Team for the games in London 2012. She talks about her experience as a physio at the London games, and gives advice for others wanting to get into a position like this (advice starts at around 4:15):
The second resource is by Prof Karim Khan, who has been promoted by Sports Medicine Australia as one of the world’s most entertaining and sought after sport and exercise medicine speakers. He is a sports physician and the editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He offers the following tips for people looking to get into working as a sports physio (or sports physician) for the team of your choice):
1. Stand out. Being different from other sports physiologists may mean more than just getting a specialization in the discipline. Standing out means being equipped with experience – and a lot of it. If you are particularly interested in specializing in ankle injuries, get more experience in tackling the different injuries and mechanism problems of this body part to maximize your exposure.
2. Bring more to the table. Bundled along with standing out, the purpose of bringing more to the table is to add a special value to the services and skills you offer. After gathering more experience in the field, expand on your experience by spending more time with specialists. Be able to get the position not only because of the experience you have but also because you are simply better and well versed at treating.
3. Pick volunteering opportunities wisely. Choose opportunities which can actually help take you closer to that dream team or dream job you have been chasing after. Also, no task is too small – you are aiming for a job with a team so start working as a team player as early as possible.
4. Connect with colleagues. Networking should not be confused with the negative connotation attached with nepotism. Be able to connect with people who are influential to the field, in the best manner possible. It may also help to have few different mentors as it may seem too burdensome for a single professional to be your constant FAQs go-to. Be at the right place at the right time – for example local Sports Medicine clubs may have seminars and gatherings in your area. These might just be the perfect way of meeting top-tiered colleagues and professors with great insights and insider tips about the industry.
5. Be prepared to travel. Since the work place is in the playing field and the team travels for games, working might equate to continuous travel. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone just might propel you into your career peak.
To read more on Karim Khan’s thoughts on getting the sports physio job of your choice, click here.
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