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A medical discipline dealing in physical fitness and treating and preventing injuries related to sports or exercise. Since the late 20th century, physicians have considered sports medicine as a distinct healthcare field. 

Sports Medicine physicians specialize in treating athletes and other physically active people and have expertise in orthopedic medicine. Sports Medicine Specialists can treat muscle, ligament, tendon, and bone injuries as well as give advice on managing and preventing injuries such as overuse of the elbow.


The field of sports medicine addresses a wide range of issues, including:

  1. Injury prevention: Sports medicine professionals work to educate athletes and coaches on proper training techniques, equipment use, and injury prevention strategies to reduce the risk of injuries.
  2. Diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries: Sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons specialize in evaluating and diagnosing injuries specific to sports and developing treatment plans tailored to the individual’s needs.
  3. Rehabilitation: Physical therapists and athletic trainers play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process, guiding athletes through exercises, therapies, and techniques to restore function and mobility after an injury.
  4. Performance optimization: Sports medicine professionals work with athletes to enhance their performance through training programs, nutrition guidance, sports psychology techniques, and other performance-enhancing strategies.
  5. Management of medical conditions in athletes: Sports medicine physicians are knowledgeable in managing medical conditions that may impact an athlete’s performance or safety, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart conditions.


Many doctors practice Sports Medicine, but it is also common for middle schools and high schools to have medically trained athletic trainers on staff. Professional sports teams and competitive sports tournament venues typically utilize athletic trainers to ensure the safety and wellness of the athletes.

Sports medicine encompasses a broad range of disciplines and expertise to promote the health, safety, and optimal performance of athletes and active individuals at all levels, from recreational to professional sports.


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