I’m curious regarding the various certifications available in the field of Sports Medicine. I’ve recently graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology (Kinesiology) and am looking for a worth-while certification that will provide me with a feasible income through the summer (and maybe into the fall). I may be heading to medical school in the fall but am in the process of deciding whether I should take a year off.
Currently I’m debating between NSCA/ACSM certifications or more specifically, CSCS vs. CPT. I have read about the differences between these two in terms of their scope, however I’m looking for your personal opinions. Is it worth spending the extra time to get the CSCS? Or would it be easier to get some free-lance work with the CPT?
If anyone can provide a side-by-side comparison of the two, I’d really appreciate it. Also, how about ACSM vs. NSCA? Which is more respectable (I’m leaning towards ACSM) and which would it be better to get a certification through?