Sport Medicine

What Is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of medicine that addresses physical fitness as well as the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports- and exercise-related injuries. Sports medicine is not just for professional athletes. You might benefit from consulting a sports medicine specialist if you're an active person with a bone or muscle injury that's keeping you from engaging in the activities you love.

About Sports Medicine Specialist

Healthcare professionals specializing in sports medicine are specially trained to help injured people regain function so they can move around as quickly as possible. In addition, they are experts at keeping physically active people healthy and injury-free.

Sports medicine medical professionals treat professional athletes. However, they also provide care for individuals who work out for personal fitness as well as young people who participate in sports. Additionally, they care for those who work in physically demanding professions like construction.

Sport medicine professionals may have a range of educational backgrounds, from emergency medicine to exercise physiology and orthopedics. Still, they all share the same objective: to get you back in the game and perform at your best.

Those on a sports medicine team could be:

  • Surgeons and orthopedic doctors.
  • Sports medicine specialists.
  • Chiropractor.
  • Exercise physiologist.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Athletics trainers.
  • Physical therapist.
  • Physiatrists.

Common Injuries Treated In Sports Medicine

Some of the typical injuries treated  in sports medicine include:

  • Tendonitis.
  • Cartilage injuries.
  • Fractures.
  • Heat stroke.
  • Sprained ankle.
  • Concussions.
  • Injury to the knee and shoulder.
  • Asthma that is brought on by exercise.
  • Eating disorder.

When To See A Sports Medicine Specialist?

1. Acute Sport Injuries

Acute sports injuries can occur rapidly while playing a sport or even exercising. A bone fracture and a muscle or tendon strain or sprain may be among them. Some signs could be:

  • Sudden pain.
  • Inflammation.
  • Swelling.
  • Inability to move the injured part at all or only with extreme weakness.

2. Chronic Sports Injuries

Overuse, improper posture or form, and repetitive motion can contribute to the development of chronic sports injuries. Chronic sports injuries include, for example, tendinitis and stress fractures.

Some signs could be:

  • Discomfort or pain when performing a particular action during an activity.
  • Swelling or inflammation.
  • Aching upon completion of an activity.

3. Preventing Athletic Injury and Improving Performance

Sports medicine experts can teach you injury prevention techniques to help you keep up with your favorite activities if you lead an active lifestyle. They can also assist you in achieving your athletic goals and enhancing your performance.

4. Sports Rehabilitation

 If you are an athlete or active person who has been sidelined by an injury, you can seek help from a sports medicine specialist. They can assist you in getting back to your active way of life as soon as possible while minimizing your risk of re-injury.

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