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Preparing for Sport Sciences and Physical Education School

If you are considering going to school for sport sciences and physical education, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Sport sciences and physical education programs can be competitive and are rigorous; therefore, it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. The kind of program you hope to take will determine what you should have on your high school transcript. Because many of these are science-based programs, you will want to take courses in biology, chemistry, physics and math to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list. Communication skills are always important in health-related fields, so don't forget your English and speech/communications classes!

If you are still in high school, and are thinking about going to school for sport sciences and physical education, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted and doing well in a program:

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for these specialized programs. This will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and concepts specific to this area of study.


  • Because these programs involve working with people, admissions committees for sport sciences and physical education are often interested in a student's personal qualities. One way to develop these qualities is by participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving practicum, field work or other public interaction components, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


  • Prove you're serious. Programs in sport sciences and physical education take a lot of focused work, and taking CPR, first aid or water safety courses can show the admissions committee you are dedicated to the field. In fact, these may be required for admission in some cases.


  • Play! The more direct experience you have with sports the better. So play on an intramural team at your school, or get involved with sports teams or kids' sports camps in your community. Your personal playtime can start doubling as professional development!

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