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What is primary care sports medicine and how is a primary care sports med doc different from an orthopedist who does sports med?

What is primary care sports medicine and how is a primary care sports med doc different from an orthopedist who does sports med?

Surgery: A primary care sports medicine doctor can do a fellowship just as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a sports fellowship. The main difference is that the Orthopaedic surgeon can actually operate and repair injuries. Both doctors can diagnose and treat sports related injuries. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Sports Medicine (Definition)

Sports medicine is a field of study in which a person specializes in checking players for sports readiness, sports injuries and treatments, causes of injuries, ...Read more


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Looking for orthopedic doctor who does sports medicine also. Are there such people?

Looking for orthopedic doctor who does sports medicine also. Are there such people?

Yes: Yes, there is a board certification for sports medicine, available to many specialties (family practice, physiatry/rehabilitation medicine, etc). There is a separate subspecialty certification for orthopedic sports medicine available to orthopedic surgeons who complete a sports fellowship program. ...Read more

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Do orthopedic surgeons understand biomechanics or do they need to specialize in sports medicine?

Do orthopedic surgeons understand biomechanics or do they need to specialize in sports medicine?

Yes: In general, the orthopedic surgery curriculum will always include in depth biomechanics since it is integral to the practice of orthopedics. Sports medicine has more to do with athletics than biomechanics, sports medicine orthopedist do not study biomechanics in any more detail. On the other hand, not all orthopedists incorporate biomechanics into their practice in any meaningful way. ...Read more

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Is there difference between an sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon?

Is there difference between an sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon?

Sports Med v Ortho: A sports med doctor does not have to be an orthopedic surgeon. Anyone can put that name on their door, even a chiropractor. An orthopedic surgeon goes through a 5 year residency and most of us have also done a fellowship. I did a one year sports medicine fellowship after my residency. Be wary of titles. ...Read more

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What age can a sports medicine doctor be?

What age can a sports medicine doctor be?

Doctor age: Most new graduates are early to mid thirties. Those of us practicing a while are older. ...Read more

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Are orthopedic surgery and sports medicine the same?

Are orthopedic surgery and sports medicine the same?

Not really: While many orthopedic surgeons are familiar with sports medicine, the ones who are most well versed are the ones who have done a sports fellowship (additional training) after completing residency. Some other specialties that have the option to do additional training in sports med include fp, pediatrics, and im. Rarely, radiologists can avail themselves of sports medicine opportunities. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see about sports medicine injuries?

Orthopedist: There are sport medicine specialist. Orthopedist that are sport medicine specialist. Physical medicine specialist. ...Read more

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How can I get into health fitness, training and sports medicine?

How can I get into health fitness, training and sports medicine?

SPORTS HEALTH CAREER: Sports medicine fellowship training after medical school and residency. Associates, bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees in kinesiology, exercise science, physical therapy, athletic training. ...Read more

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What willit take to become a physical therapist in sports medicine?

What willit take to become a physical therapist in sports medicine?

Masters or PhD: That's a great question. First a pt undergrad degree and lots of experience in sports medicine. Most go on to get a masters or phd in pt as well with some research work. Then intern with an amazing group that will give you experience treating athletes. ...Read more

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What training is needed to do sports medicine in orthopedic surgery?

What training is needed to do sports medicine in orthopedic surgery?

5yr + 1yr fellowship: Othropaedic residency traing is 5 years and includes a significant amount of sports medicine. Those physicians looking to focus more on that aspect of orthopaedics can do a one year fellowship in sports medicine, after they complete their residency. ...Read more

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How does one become a sports medicine doc?

MD, DO or DPM: There are several ways to be a sportsmedicine doc. Md or do then family practice or ortho residency and fellowship in sportsmed. Dpm with residency in surgery and fellowship in sportsmedicine. Dc and internship in sportsmedicine. It just depends on which tract brings you to the practice type you want. ...Read more

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What does a sports medicine physician treat?

What does a sports medicine physician treat?

Sports injuries: Sports physicians use operative & nonoperative methods to treat mostly acute injuries which may potentially hinder optimum performance of an amateur or professional athlete and/or prevent such injuries. ...Read more

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What is another name for sports medicine physician?

What is another name for sports medicine physician?

Team physician: Lots of different docs can subspecialize in sports medicine... While orthopaedics is common, pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehab, and er all can do fellowships in sports medicine. If you are looking for a good one...Make sure they are fellowship trained. If you really want to make sure they are good with athletes...Check to see if they are a team physician. ...Read more

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Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists. ...Read more

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Can you give me some suggestions for becoming a sports medicine physician?

Training: Most who choose this pathway start with meaningful training such as orthopedic surgery and physiatry. You can then present your skills to local sports teams as a volunteer for high schools and colleges. As your reputation grows, your identity in this area will grow and eventually you can become known as a 'sports medicine physician'. ...Read more

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Is chiropractic classified as sports medicine or is it just alternative med?

Is chiropractic classified as sports medicine or is it just alternative med?

Not sports medicine: Chiropractors should be classified as a form of massage therapy. They do not offer the type of analysis that a physiatrist (specialist in sports medicine and injury) can offer. Your best bet is not with the chiropractor but through your family doctor or orthopod for sports related issues. ...Read more

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What is the professional name for someone who is a physician of sports medicine?

What is the professional name for someone who is a physician of sports medicine?

Not just one: To be a sports medicine physician, a physician must complete a 1 year fellowship after residency in sports medicine. Doctors who trained in family practice, physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), emergency medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine are all elligible to sit for the sports medicine board exam. Orthopedic surgeons can do a fellowship and sit for a surgical sport exam. ...Read more

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