Development Pathways for the Sport Scientist: A Process for the United States

Benjamin H. Gleason, Timothy J. Suchomel, David B. Pyne, Paul Comfort, Eric McMahon, W. Guy Hornsby, Ryan P. Lis, Michael H. Stone

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A variety of sport organizations employ sport scientists (SSs) in a range of capacities to support team operations, whereas universities employ SSs in academic (teaching and research), consulting, and support roles. Despite the growth in professional opportunities in the United States over the last few decades, little discussion has occurred to identify best practices in developing SSs. Here, we identify several examples of professional development pathways used by overseas organizations that govern SS roles and highlight key features of existing U.S.-based sport support role pathways. This information can be used to develop, implement, and evaluate professional training of SSs, along with shaping SS training programs in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-42
Number of pages15
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


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