Sports medicine is a specialty that focuses on prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. Like most medical fields, sports medicine has been changing and expanding in the past few decades. What was once dominated by physicians, is now an interdisciplinary group of highly skilled healthcare professionals. Physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and personal trainers each care for their patients with highly specific evaluation and treatment methods. While each of these professionals overlap in the conditions they treat, their methods both differ and support one another… and this ultimately benefits you! Here are a couple frequently asked questions:
What are commonly treated conditions in sports medicine?
- Acetabular Labral Tears
- Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Separation
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Glenoid Labral Tears
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
- Shoulder injuries (rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, impingements)
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Torn Meniscus
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury (typically overuse of overhead motions or throwing)
- and more!
Where can I find more information?
- American Physical Therapy Association
- The National Athletic Trainer Association
- The American College of Sports Medicine
- The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
- The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
- The Journal of Medicine and Science of Sport
These are only a few resources we found to get your search started, but remember to do your own research too (ie researching healthcare providers/systems, blogs, podcasts, etc).
Take away points
- You’re not alone! There are a variety of healthcare providers who can help you avoid and treat sport and exercise injuries.
- Talk to your primary care physician. Starting the conversation will help you create a plan.
- Do your research! Read articles and talk to different healthcare professionals. The more you know, the better you can direct your own healthcare.
- You don’t have to be an Olympian to benefit from sports medicine! Healthcare professionals help people at all levels of fitness and ability.
*Note that RehabGAB.com is an online directory of physical rehabilitation only. If you are interested in connecting with a physical therapist, search our website! If you are looking for a sports medicine physician, surgeon, athletic trainer and/or personal trainer, please contact your primary care physician to discuss the options within your local community.