Sports Medicine

Sport medicine doctors are physicians who specialize further in sports medicine. It may also be a sub-specialty following a specialisation such as physiatry or orthopedic surgery. Specialising in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals, sports medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine and treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes. They also advise on managing and preventing injuries and sports nutrition. In addition team physicians working in elite sports often play a role in performance medicine, whereby an athletes’ physiology is monitored, and aberrations corrected, in order to achieve peak physical performance.

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