Sports Medicine Specialist: A sports medicine specialist is an individual with specialized education and training who focuses on the medical and therapeutic aspects of sports participation and physical activity. This title of sports medicine specialist does not necessarily mean the specialist is a physician. There are bachelors, masters, and certificate programs in sports medicine.
WHAT IS A SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Sports medicine physical therapists have specialized training in the field in therapy that deals with sport or exercise-related injuries. Their primary focus is on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries that occur during sports and other physical activity.
Sports medicine physical therapists specialize in rehabilitation which specifically trains individuals for a safe return to a specific sport or activity. Special training emphasizes particular muscle groups and bodily systems which are pertinent to that sport (Specificity of Training).
WHAT IS A SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN?
Sports medicine physicians have specialized training in the field in medicine that deals with sport or exercise-related injuries. Their primary focus is on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries that occur during sports and other physical activity.
A sports medicine physician receives special training during a fellowship program in sports medicine after finishing a residency program in another specialty, such as primary care or orthopedic surgery. There are currently no widespread residency programs in sports medicine.
Most primary care sports medicine doctors complete a three-year family medicine residency after medical school, and then choose to focus on sports medicine. An orthopedic surgery residency leads to a career as an orthopedic surgeon, many specializing in the treatment of athletes.
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