As many people continue to realize the benefits of physical rehabilitation, either directly or through family members, there’s an increased influx of people considering fitness careers. Michael Milnes, a physical therapist based in Rochester, Minnesota, has witnessed the growth of vocations in fitness and encouraged even more people to consider it.
Those who work in fitness are typically eager and passionate to help individuals of all ages and with different athletic abilities to recover and reach their full potential. On many occasions, these professionals tend to be competitive athletes or have a background in athletics, which results in feeling the need to maintain close contact with the sports world.
Fitness careers, including sports medicine, often go hand in hand, whether indirectly or directly. For example, a football player rehabbing a knee injury will see a physical therapist at a rehabilitation clinic for regular treatment. The therapist may refer them to a personal fitness trainer with experience in human performance, who will often work together with the PT to track the player’s recovery process.
While some fitness careers are clinical, there are some that are non-clinical. Regardless, they share the primary aim of helping improve or restore physical ability through exercise (and nutrition). Some of the common ones include:
- Athletic trainer
- Exercise physiologist
- Personal trainer
- Health coach
- Sports physical therapist
- Strength and conditioning specialist
Whether you’re currently in college or about to get into what, the decision about what career path to take is an important one. It may not be obvious, but if you have an interest in fitness, these are some of the standard career options.
Michael Milnes operates a private practice in Rochester, MN.