What does a sports medicine physician do?
Sports medicine is a multidisciplinary specialty that includes both preventive and curative medicine practices and is applied by physicians who have specialized in the field of sports medicine.
Sports medicine physicians focus on exercise physiology and biochemistry, sports traumatology and sports rehabilitation, pre-participation examinations of athletes, performance measurements and follow-up, injury risk assessment, risk factors and mechanisms of sports injuries. Physicians try to ensure that the injured athletes reach their previous performance levels as soon as possible. In addition, exercise prescriptions and practices for the prevention and/or treatment of chronic diseases such as obesity, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma and some types of cancer are also among the service areas of sports medicine physicians.