A Career in Sports Physiotherapy
- November 24, 2023
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Careers
Are you interested in medicine but don’t entertain the idea of working in a hospital? Are you also passionate about sports?
Well, here’s an alternate path you may want to explore that can fulfill your ambition of being a skilled medical professional, continuing with your passion for sports and not working in a hospital — a career in Sports Physiotherapy.
According to the sports sponsorship valuation engine POWA Index, the Indian sports market is growing at 15 percent per annum against the global growth rate of 5 percent. In simple words, the sports industry in the country has been growing at a rapid rate which has thrown open a wide array of lucrative jobs in the market.
Who is a Sports Physiotherapist?
A sports physiotherapist is a professional who plays a very significant role in training sportspersons in various fields and manages sports injuries whenever required. Sports physiotherapists or physios have to treat a plethora of sports injuries, so specialization is paramount to be a qualified physio.
You need to choose Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the main subjects in Class XII. After successfully completing your 12th Standard, you need to enroll yourself in a reputed institution that offers a Diploma in Physiotherapy or a Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy. This course last for 3-4 years depending on the institute.
Admission to these courses in India are provided on basis of rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). These exams are usually held in the month of May-June and contain objective-type questions. The results of these exams are normally out in June/July.
After successfully completing your Bachelor’s/Diploma, you can opt for a private job in a sports academy or an association that grooms athletes/teams.
Here comes your real test where all your knowledge is put into practice. Ensure that you garner as much experience in your first job since that will set the tone and give you a good edge over your competitors when you apply to bigger organisations/teams.
Salary of a Sports Physiotherapist:
The current physio of the Indian cricket team, Nitin Patel, earns close to Rs. 1.17 crore if not more. However, you need to work your way up to earning that much of money, but having said that, there’s no denying that being a sports physio can make your life a good life, and possibly even a lavish one.
Let’s just say, the ball’s in your court!
– Noel D’Souza
Senior Sports Journalist