Career Pathways

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine refers to all individuals responsible for keeping an athlete healthy. This team often includes an athletic trainer, chiropractic physician, physical therapist or medical doctor. Depending on the size of the athletic organization, the sports medicine team can range from one person to 20. In many settings, other specialties like dentists, ophthalmologists, sport psychologists, nutrition specialists, massage therapists and acupuncturists are also included on the sports medicine team.


The MS in sports medicine is designed for health care providers seeking specialization in the conditioning and treatment of athletes. This education and degree opens up opportunities in the sports industry and enhances a provider’s marketability to athletic populations.

Qualified Exams and Credentials

Sports medicine graduates are eligible for:

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician exam (CCSP)
Graduates of the sports medicine program are eligible to sit for the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician examination (CCSP). This is a specialized credential within the field of chiropractic medicine that sets competency standards to treat athletes and active individuals. Without the master’s degree, one year of additional coursework is required before you are eligible to take the exam.

Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians exam (DACBSP)

International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS)/ Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) Diploma

UWS Exam Benefits

Discount on CSCS Exam
The UWS sports medicine program is an NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Recognized Program, which means graduates are prepared for and receive a discount on the CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) exam.


A master’s degree in sports medicine is a natural fit for chiropractic physicians and other health care professionals who desire a specialty practice working with athletes. A sports medicine degree can open up opportunities to work with various sports teams (high school, collegiate and professional) and in sports-related facilities. In addition, this degree provides appropriate credentials for teaching in higher education settings.

Potential careers for sports medicine graduates include:

  • athletic coach
  • performance enhancement specialist
  • sports medicine physician
  • strength and conditioning coach
  • sports chiropractor
  • professor