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Using established, verified principles, sport and exercise scientists to enable people to improve their athletic performance or their general health. There are three main areas of practice for sport and exercise scientists:

  • Biomechanics: the examination of the causes and consequences of human movement and the interaction of the body with apparatus and equipment.

  • Physiology: how the body responds to exercise and training. This can involve the use of testing equipment such as heart monitors and oxygen analysers.

  • Psychology: deals with questions about human behaviour and the mental processes involved in exercise.

Sport and exercise scientists can find opportunities in a wide variety of venues in both the public and private sector, including:
  • Working in hospitals and Primary Care Trusts in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion
  • Supporting athletes in their training
  • University departments
  • Large sporting organizations
  • Sports development
  • Performance testing
  • Self-employed as a consultant

Salaries can vary greatly from a newly qualified professional making around ?18,000 per year up to an experienced practitioner working in high level competitive sport earning ?60,000 or more.

For information on training and career opportunities, the first place to turn is the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Their website includes a careers guide with profiles on the wide range of careers available to qualified practitioners.

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