Sports Medicine Interest Group

Do you like sports? Do you like medicine?

Yes to at least 50% of those questions = basically obligated to join SMIG!

The terms “sports medicine” is commonly used by athletes, coaches, trainers, patients, and even other doctors.  However, it is often unclear as to what this term actually refers to.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports Medicine is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the treatment of injuries/illness resulting from athletic or recreational activities. It involves the prevention and treatment of injuries to athletes and other physically active people, as well as the use of exercise for recovery from non-sports injuries.

Orthopedic (musculoskeletal system) surgeons often specialize in sports medicine. The phrase “sports medicine” is not specific to one career/profession. Instead, it encompasses a group of professionals from various disciplines whose focus is the health of an athlete. Athletes can be all ages and play on all different levels (youth, high school, collegiate, recreational, and professional).

This career choice can be achieved through many different paths:

  • Family Med
  • Internal Med
  • Peds
  • Physical Med
  • EM

→ Followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine

What is a Sports Medicine Physician?

A Sports Medicine physician is a doctor with specialized training who promotes lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages prevention of illness and injury. This physician helps the patient maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.

He or she is a leader of the sports medicine team, which also includes specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, parents, other personnel, and, of course, the athlete.  

Why Sports Medicine?

90% of all sports injuries are non-operative = lots of patients = lots of fun cases

It is probable that most if not all of you entered the field of medicine to “help people”, which is a great reason. In sports medicine, you get to help people in one of the most tangible and significant ways possible; you get to help them get back to the activities they love. 

Want to find out more?

Sign up and come to our first SMIG meeting where we will outline much of what we do and hear from the famous Dr. Jones, who will give you a much better look into Sports Medicine. 

Faculty Liaison

  • Dr. Nathaniel Jones

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