Is A Sports Medicine Doctor A Real Doctor


What are Sports Medicine Doctors?


The American Board of Medical Subspecialties and Medicare recognize Sports Medicine as a subspecialty. A sports medicine specialist has extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness and injury. They’re well-equipped to offer comprehensive medical services to athletes, sports teams, and interested people who choose to live a healthier lifestyle. The sport medical specialists are specialists in NS medicine and serve as youth team doctors, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL together with Olympic teams.

Since the 1970s, sport medicine has grown and every year its services require higher demand. As sports and sports injuries become more involved with more and more people, this specialization is demanding more and more doctors. Many athletes don’t want to stop while they’re being wounded. These athletes can be guided by sport doctors and sports therapists on how they can still take part in sport while recovering.

Sports doctors are responsible for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from sports involvement such as injuries. Sports medical physicians will not only treat an injury but will also explain how to treat an injury properly while still in shape. These health professionals usually treat muscle, bone and joint injuries without surgery.


Are Sports Medicine Doctors Considered Real Doctors?   


They are specially trained in the quick diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries and orthopedic (musculoskeletally) lesions, with the objective of restoring the player to sports as quickly as possible and safely. In order to be a sports medicine doctor:

  • You must begin with a baccalaureate, usually in a field such as biology.
  • You will need to complete three or four years of Medical Doctor (MD) in an accredited university once you have completed your bachelor’s.
  • You must complete a postgraduate course in family medicine or in other specialities such as family practice, pediatrics, emergency medicine or orthopedics once you have completed your MD degree.
  • You must complete a 1-2 year sport medical fellowship to graduate in sports and medicine after you have obtained certification in a medical field.

Sport medicine doctors normally work in clinics for sports medicine. Sports teams and organizations can also employ them. They can also volunteer for amateur sport teams and organizations. They  also seek to help people practice safely and efficiently to achieve the highest possible performance. This includes prescribing muscle strength training, which is not balanced with other muscles in medical attention.


Sports Medicine Doctors Training 


  • Participates and recertifies through re-examination every 10 years in continuous medical education. This rigorous procedure was started to distinguish certified physicians without specialist training from other physicians.
  • Board Certified in Emergency, Family Medicine, Internal, Pediatric and/or Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation.
  • Has been awarded a further fellowship in sports medicine for one to two years.
  • Has passed a national examination for sports medicine which allows them to hold an Added Qualification Certificate of Sports Medicine.



Are You Looking for a Sports Medicine Physician You Can Trust?


Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!


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