Sports medicine physicians require special training. Their training is focused on keeping athletes healthy, whether those athletes compete at the professional, amateur or purely weekend warrior level. They often work with orthopedic surgeons, who can treat more severe injuries suffered by athletes.
Sports medicine doctors can treat a range of injuries. Perhaps most notably, they monitor athletes’ conditions and tell them when it’s OK to return to play after an injury or illness. They perform exams to clear athletes to participate in a sport. They can also advise athletes on nutrition and provide suggestions for beginning a new exercise program for sedentary people. Some of the most common conditions sports medicine doctors treat include: