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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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Do you know anything about sports medicine?

Do you know anything about sports medicine?

Yes I Do.....: Orthopaedic and Family practice docs typically practice sports medicine. Requires 4 years of medical school and either orthopaedic surgery residency (5years) or family practice residency (3years) and then 1 year sports medicine fellowship. Ortho does surgery, family practice takes care of the whole athlete, non-surgical. We practice and get to work with people and athletes from all walks of life. ...Read more

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What does the word "gait" mean in sports medicine?

What does the word "gait" mean in sports medicine?

Gait is specifically: The mechanics associated with how you walk or propel yourself with your lower extremities and torso. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sports medicine and sports science?

What is the difference between sports medicine and sports science?

Confusing: Lots of doctors like to claim they are sports medicine but only those that are physicians that have done a special fellowship in sports medicine are truly sports medicine. Other avenues in health care include sports nutritionist, sports physical therapy, sports psychology and sports chiropractor. Sports scientist to do research and study the effect of sport or exercise on the human body. ...Read more

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Should I take sports medicine 1 and 2 when I'm in freshman, sophmore, and junior. And why. And why is it important or not?

Should I take sports medicine 1 and 2 when I'm in freshman, sophmore, and junior. And why. And why is it important or not?

Sports Medicine: Try to schedule your first sports medicine course after you have biology. You will enjoy the course more if you have some background in anatomy and physiology. Also, spend time with a certified athletic trainer (nata). They can guide you as you learn. ...Read more

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How does one become a sports medicine doc?

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 kind of doctor should I see about sports medicine injuries?

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

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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?

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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How hard is it to get a fellowship in sports medicine for a family practice doctor?

They're Competitive: There are typically 10-20 applicants per spot for most fellowships. Really depends on the merits of the program. My best advice for someone trying to get one is to do a rotation with the program your interested in and then continue to show up at event coverage, mass physicals etc. Make sure they know your serious and dedicated. As a fellowship director i always found dedication impressive. ...Read more

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What is the difference between exercise science and sports medicine?

See below: In addition to earlier answers. To further clarify the difference, the american board of orthopedic surgery has created an examination to provide board certification in orthopedic sports medicine. The goal is to certify a subset of orthopedic surgeons who have a "unique body of knowledge and area of practice" in sports medicine. Ask you orthopedist if he has board certification is sports medicine. ...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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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 master 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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How do sports medicine doctors evaluate a knee injury?

How do sports medicine doctors evaluate a knee injury?

Balanced approach: We try to take each individual patient as a whole. We take the history of the injury as well as overall conditioning very seriously, this goes along with the examination of the ligaments, areas or pain/tenderness, and ability to illicit pain (making it hurt in the office). Together, we take this information and apply it to your individual life situation to formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more

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

Looking for orthopedic doctor who does sports medicine as well. 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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Do sports medicine clinics offer MRI scans or something equivalent?

Do sports medicine clinics offer MRI scans or something equivalent?

They: May or may not. If not, they probably work closely with one or more imaging facilities that do. ...Read more

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Is going to a sports medicine clinic for my patellar tendonitis the best option?

Sounds reasonable: You would want to see an orthopedist who specializes in knees. It would make sense to find one in a sports med clinic. ...Read more

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What type of training programs for doctors have to do with sports medicine?

Fellowship: After med school/ residency a 1-2 year fellowship is required. There are 2 distinct categories: surgical/ non-surgical. Surgical is orthopedics specializing in repair of ligaments/ cartilage/ broken bones. Non-surgical has a broader scope including the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, concussions, heat related disorders, cardiac conditions and other medical conditions related to athletes. ...Read more

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How hard is to get a fellowship in sports medicine (as a family physician)?

How hard is to get a fellowship in sports medicine (as a family physician)?

Competitive: Another physician implied that because it was not surgical it was easy to get a sports medicine position. I am really not sure what was meant by that comment. Please know that the primary care sports medicine training programs that are accredited and what you want to go to are competitive. The advantage you do have over orthopedics is that there are 112 accredited fp sports programs vs. 95 ortho. ...Read more