Sports medicine is a field of medicine that is specifically
related to the treatment of sports conditions and sports-related
injuries. Those involved in the sports medicine field go through
specialized training to help them further grasp some of the common
issues associated with sports and physical injuries. It is becoming an
increasingly popular field and the demand for sports medicine
specialists is growing as the general population seeks to become more
While physicians are an important part of the sports medicine
field, they are not the only ones involved in sports medicine. Others
involved include nutritionists, personal trainers, coaches and sports
psychologists. Depending on the specific field an individual is trying
to get into, it may require a bachelor's degree or a graduate degree.
Some may further wish to continue their education based on the
competition for jobs.
The goal of sports medicine is to prevent injuries and optimize a
healthy lifestyle. Once an injury takes place, the goal is to then make
sure the injured person comes as close to a complete recovery as
possible. In some cases, this may mean no noticeable loss of
performance, but in others there may be a substantial loss.
Some doctors who already specialize in a form of medicine may
further decide to specialize in sports medicine. For example, an
orthopedic surgeon, who is already a specialist, may decide to move into
the field of sports medicine. As that physician works more with
sports-related injuries, his or her skill in treating those injuries
naturally grows as well. This could be very important, especially for
professional athletes who are injured and depend on a good physician so
that they can continue earning their living.
t should also be noted that sports medicine is not solely
dedicated to professional athletes, even though that is what many people
may think of when they hear the term. Many sports medicine professionals
work their entire careers without every seeing a professional athlete as
a client. With the increasingly active lifestyles of individuals, sports
medicine is becoming more important to the population in general.
In some cases, those with non-sports injuries will also seek out
a sports medicine specialist, simply because the injury is of a type
that would normally occur in sports. This especially applies to bone and
ligament problems. Some of these injuries can be very difficult to deal
with, and a sports medicine specialist may be the best option available.