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The Sports Medicine Specialist - Could it be a Career for You? (Students)

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If you are interested in caring for active people of all ages and all levels of expertise from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete, you may be looking for a career as a Sports Medicine Specialist.

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What is a Sports Medicine Specialist? (Patients)

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Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Specialists specialize in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. However, approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. The Sports Medicine Specialist can maximize non-operative treatment, guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies, and if necessary expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon.

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What is a Sports Medicine Specialist? (Legislators)

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Sports Medicine Specialists undergo extensive training in musculoskeletal medicine, and as a result are highly capable in the management of these problems, bridging the spectrum from acute injury to rehabilitation. While orthopedic surgeons primarily specialize in the operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, Sports Medicine Specialists capably focus on accurate diagnosis and on optimizing non-operative treatment of these injuries, expertly guiding all aspects of a patient’s rehabilitative care needs. This serves the great majority of the active population since approximately 90 percent of all musculoskeletal injuries are non-surgical. Common examples of musculoskeletal problems include acute ankle, knee and shoulder injuries; muscle strains; joint dislocations; and overuse injuries such as tendonitis and stress fractures. If surgery for an injury is required, Sports Medicine Specialists can expedite referral to the appropriate surgical specialty for intervention. They also help develop appropriate home rehabilitation programs for patients, which saves money without compromising care. When referral to physical therapy is necessary, Sports Medicine Specialists provide necessary guidance to the physical therapist to appropriately guide rehabilitation, preserving patient safety.

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What is a Sports Medicine Specialist? (Insurers)

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Sports Medicine is recognized as a valid subspecialty by both the American Board of Medical Specialties and by Medicare (specialty code 23). Sports Medicine Specialists are physicians with a primary certification in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation who obtain 1-2 years of additional training in Sports Medicine through an ACGME approved fellowship program, successfully complete a subspecialty qualification examination in Sports Medicine and maintain requirements for ongoing certification. This rigorous process was instituted to distinguish certified Sports Medicine Specialists from other physicians without specialized training.

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