Sports medicine healthcare
providers have special training to help injured people get moving again as soon as
possible. They are experts in preventing illness and injury in active people. Sports
medicine healthcare providers do work with professional athletes. But they also
treat children and teens involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal
fitness. They also treat people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction
Sports medicine is not a medical
specialty itself. Most sports medicine healthcare providers are certified in other
specialties. These can be internal medicine or emergency medicine. They can also be
family medicine, or another specialty. Then they get more training. Other providers
specialize in treating injuries in children and teens. Their growing bodies can be
different from those of adults. These specialists are usually board-certified in
pediatrics or family medicine and also have training in sports medicine. Some sports
medicine providers have surgical training., The training is usually as orthopedic
Other experts who are not medical
doctors may work with a sports medicine specialist to provide care including:
Physical therapists. They help people rehabilitate and
recover from injuries.
Certified athletic trainers. These trainers provide
rehab exercise routines to help people regain strength. They also develop
conditioning programs to prevent future injury.
Nutritionists. They may help with needed weight loss or
weight gain. They can provide dietary advice to help people.