Sports medicine healthcare
providers have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can 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. Plus, they treat people who have physically demanding jobs, like
Sports medicine is not a medical
specialty in itself. Most sports medicine healthcare providers are certified in internal
medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, or another specialty. They then get
additional training. Others specialize in treating injuries in children and teens, whose
growing bodies can be quite different from those of adults. They are generally
board-certified in pediatrics or family medicine with additional training in sports
medicine. Some, but not all, sports medicine healthcare providers have surgical
training, too, usually as orthopedic surgeons.
Other experts who are not
healthcare providers may work with a sports medicine healthcare provider to provide
Physical therapists. They help people rehabilitate and
recover from injuries.
Certified athletic trainers. These trainers provide
rehab exercise routines to help patients 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 improve their physical