You don’t need to have a PhD to be a sports dietician
Sports dietitians earn less than £100,000 a year and some are struggling to find work.
Sports dietetics graduates have been hit hard by the cuts to training grants as a result of the financial crisis.
They need to find a new job if they are to survive in the future.
They could be the future of sports medicine The new Sports Dietitian Doctorate (SDD) course at the University of Bath offers them the opportunity to train for a few years and then go back to their jobs.
This is not only good for their mental health but also their financial wellbeing, according to Dr John Wigglesworth, a sports nutritionist and the author of the report.
“The main thing I want people to understand is that a sport dietitist can’t get a job as a sports medicine doctor,” he said.
“There are other options available but you don’t necessarily need a PhD.”
If you’ve got a passion for sport Dr Wiggliesworth said the sport dietetics degree would give them the confidence to take on new careers in other areas, including medicine.
“I think it gives people the confidence and the ability to make a decision about what they want to do in their career,” he added.
“And I think that’s something that people need to realise is not just in the sport.
I think there’s also a lot of other things you can do in your life.”
The course will be taught by Dr Mark Williams, a former sports nutrition specialist and the head of sports dietetics at Liverpool John Moores University.
Dr Williams has a PhD in nutrition, but has not completed the course.
Dr Wiggs, who has worked with athletes, said that he had “no problem with someone having a PhD”.
He said that the job was “very rewarding” but also “a little stressful”.
“I would love to work as a sport nutritionist, but you have to get an MCAT [the National Council for Qualifications] to do that,” he explained.
“You have to have the qualifications to do it, and it’s quite hard.”
What’s in the course?
Dr Williams will teach the course at Bath’s School of Dentistry, which was one of the institutions that funded the course and also provided funding to support the students.
He said the students would be paid £75 per hour.
“If you want to train, it’s a lot less than that,” Dr Williams said.
The course, which will take about four years, will be supervised by a professor, Dr Wiglesworth said.
But he also said that students will be allowed to attend meetings with colleagues and see a professional.
The university will not be involved in any of the teaching, although the students will have the option to apply for an internship.
The first cohort of students will complete their training in the summer of 2020.
If you want more information on sports dietetic education, you can read the full report here.
What is sports dietetry?
Sports dietetic training is based on the principles of sports nutrition, Dr Williams explained.
Dr John O’Connor, a clinical professor at the Royal College of GPs, said the course was a “really good investment” in the field.
“It’s the best training for anyone to take up a career in sports medicine,” he told the BBC.
It also allows them to do sports that would normally be impossible. “
We know that athletes are better at getting into a training programme that’s designed to help them with their nutrition than the other way round.”
It also allows them to do sports that would normally be impossible.
Dr O’Connell said that there were a number of reasons why sports diet is so important to athletes, but also why it was important for doctors.
He explained that athletes have a higher incidence of certain diseases.
The more that athletes exercise, the higher their risk of developing obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
“Athletes are also more likely to have more frequent blood tests, which is linked to other diseases like stroke and dementia,” he continued.
Dr Hilde Schuurman, a lecturer in nutrition at the Centre for Sport Nutrition at University College London, said: “There’s a great need for a science-based, holistic approach to sports nutrition.”
She said that doctors needed to be aware of how their work affected people’s lives.
“In general, I think sports dieticians are highly regarded, but they also have a very high risk of depression and anxiety and they also need to be able to talk to patients about their eating and their training,” she said.
What are the benefits of the course for sports dieters?
Dr Wriggs said that athletes who had a sports Dietitians degree would be more confident and able to discuss their own training and diet.
“This could also help them to recognise that they’re working on a very complicated problem, which may be difficult for them to understand,” he concluded.