Sports Medicine

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Sports medicine is the study and practice of medical principles related to the science of sports, particularly in the areas of:

  • Sports Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Sports Injury Prevention
  • Sports Training and Athletic Performance, including
    • Exercises and Workouts
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Sports Psychology

Our dedication to keeping the athletic community healthy and active is evidenced by the comprehensive nature of our programming. In addition to providing specialized assessment for sports-related injuries, our specialists are also actively involved in educating our area's athletes, coaches, and parents about injury prevention and recognition. By providing programs to the community that teach proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, and training techniques, we can help to minimize the risk of injury occurrence.

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Our providers, Midwest Orthopedic Specialists, and athletic trainers provide the best sports medicine care in the region to local high school, community sports events and the weekend warrior. Also, by integrating training programs with these local school districts and community venues, our athletic trainers can help individuals better understand how to care for their bodies before, during and after participating in athletics. Many people in today's society choose to participate in athletics. Some are professionals, many are students, and still others are avid amateurs who participate in sports for recreation and physical fitness. All athletes, whether professional or recreational share the same need for a fully integrated, comprehensive sports medicine program that can be tailored to each athlete's goals.

Sports medicine physicians have specialized training in the field in medicine that deals with sport or exercise-related injuries. Their primary focus is on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries that occur during sports and other physical activity. A sports medicine physician receives special training during a fellowship program in sports medicine after finishing a residency program in another specialty, such as primary care or orthopedic surgery. There are currently no widespread residency programs in sports medicine. Most primary care sports medicine doctors complete a three-year family medicine residency after medical school, and then choose to focus on sports medicine. An orthopedic surgery residency leads to a career as an orthopedic surgeon, many of whom treat athletes.