Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

How to Choose a Sports Medicine Doctor

Any doctor can call herself a sports medicine expert, so before you select one, examine her qualifications carefully.

The broad field of medicine includes many different practitioners, from massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors to osteopaths, physicians, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

The list also includes athletic trainers, physical therapists and nutritionists. No doubt there are also sports medicine astrologers. All of these specialists claim and fight over patients in the vaguely defined territory of sports medicine.

Traditionally, the team physician has been an orthopedic surgeon - which was great if you tore up your knee and needed surgery. But what if you suffered from anemia, amenorrhea, or gastrointestinal problems? Now many professionals in medical subspecialties are qualified in sports medicine.

Your sports medicine doctor can come from any of a variety of fields, including internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, OB-GYN and physiatry. More and more primary care providers for athletes practice these non-surgical specialties. They can help you deal with musculoskeletal injuries that do not require surgery with the added benefit of being able to take care of nonorthopedic problems.

Although the American College of Sports Medicine is considering methods of implementing certification in the future, sports medicine is currently not a board-certified medical specialty. Any doctor can call herself a sports medicine expert. When you are selecting a physician for your sports-related injuries, examine her qualifications and experience carefully.

Her degree will qualify the scope of her treatment, so make sure you know what type of clinician you are seeing. The following page has a description of the various degrees.

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