What is Sports Medicine?

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Sports Medicine is the study and practice in medicine that mostly deals with non-operative injuries in various athletic contexts including professional sporting events, academic athletic programs, and personal fitness enthusiasts. Sports physicians work with a solid understanding of the anatomy and mechanics that are involved in athletic exertion and how changes in function can be correlated to physiological aberrancy. From a simple muscle cramp from poor running form to a debilitating concussion from helmet to helmet contact in a tackle, the Sports physician must be prepared to assess the extent of an injury on the field and provide treatment promptly to minimize subsequent injury and long-term deficits whilst providing long term treatment and education to prevent subsequent injury. This means these docs need to know the ins and outs of the sports they treat! Furthermore, this field is beginning to sprout from its roots in Family Medicine into the field of Emergency Medicine, which many have stated is a logical specialty to handle sports injuries, as most injuries end up in the ED.

We in EM are very young in appropriating formal education in Sports Medicine, and the prospect of providing more education for fellows will involve more EM physicians seeing the field as an appropriate use of their skill set. As students, we must also consider further exposure to the field to develop ideas on how to make Sports Medicine a part of EM.

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For a perspective of Sports Medicine in the context of EM, and the action that must be taken by EM to be effective in this field: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3421975/