“Return to Play” – Hear it from the Sport Medicine Specialist
Sports Medicine or medically called Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a special branch of medicine which involves treatment and prevention of any injuries caused due to sports and exercise. This speciality aims to improve and maintain physical fitness, as well as engage in safe and effective sports and related activities.
Doctors who specialise in sports medicine are equipped with the knowledge and trained to effectively restore the function to the injured patients, enabling them to be active and resume sports activities as soon as possible. Not just that, these specialists also are trained to prevent injuries in active people from sports and related activities. Generally, sports medicine doctors are focussed on treating professional athletes but in many cases, they do tend to treat other people including children.
Sports medicine specialists are experienced and can treat a variety of physical conditions such as:
- Ankle twist
- Overuse injuries
- Degenerative problems
- Overtraining syndrome
Sports medicine is a combination of general medicine topped with specific sports knowledge about science, physiology, orthopaedics, nutrition and psychology. Thus, a team of sports speciality doctors can include trainers, psychologists, therapists, dieticians, surgeons, physicians and coaches.
Sports Medicine Specialist
A sports medicine physician is a person who has undertaken specialised training in both prevention and treatment of injury and illness resulting from sports and related physical activities. Sports specialists treat non-operative musculoskeletal conditions, as well as provide surgical treatment for sports injuries.
Typically, a sports medicine specialist deals with the following issues:
- Muscle, bone or joint injury
- Muscle, bone or joint trauma
- Head injuries and concussions
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Shin splints
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Severe chronic problems such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension
- Nutrition, diet and supplements
- Performance problems
- Injury and illness prevention
Moreover, a sports medicine specialist also has the authority to make decisions on the “return to play” in case of injured, sick and ill athletes.