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What is a sports medicine specialist?

Sports medicine specialists are medical doctors with additional training in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related illnesses and injuries. While they do not do orthopedic surgery, they are well-trained in non-surgical treatments for conditions that affect the muscles, bones, joints and tendons. They are board certified in general medical specialties, such as emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics. But they also go on to complete 1 to 2 years of additional training in sports medicine, through a fellowship or residency. After their sports medicine residency, they pass an exam to become certified in sports medicine. Along with orthopedic injuries, sports medicine doctors may treat concussions, and nutrition-related issues and health conditions (such as diabetes) in athletes. They may also prescribe exercise programs and serve as chief doctors for sports teams.

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