Sports Medicine Doctor

Job Pressure
Academic Pressure
4-5 L
Early Salary
10-12 L
Mid Level Salary
30-32 L
Senior Salary
A sports medicine doctor helps professional and amateur athletes stay healthy or recover from injury. 

As a sports medicine doctor, you will diagnose and treat athletes and other active people suffering from a sports-related injury or illness. You will have the opportunity to work with medical professionals such as surgeons, physical therapists, physiologists, nutritionists and coaches to help patients in their recovery. You may also be asked to come up with ways of preventing injury and promoting health for individuals actively involved in sports and exercise.

Sports medicine is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals including physicians (medical doctors), physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, and others. Each educational program differs in training requirements, length of training, and scope of practice.

What do they do?

Sports medicine physicians are also commonly known as sport physicians or sports medicine doctors. Sports medicine doctors can be of two types, orthopedic surgeons and primary sports medicine doctors. 90% of sports related injuries fall under the primary sports medicine doctors, while only 10% are under orthopedic surgeons. 

The main job of a sports medicine physician is to heal and prevent injuries of athletes. Most injuries usually deal with different joints, bones or muscles of the body. Sports physicians may work with other people such as nurses, physical therapists or nutritionists when an athlete is injured. 

Sports medicine physicians may also deal with other medical problems that are not sport related in athletes such as asthma, heart problems etc. It is also their job to prevent injuries by promoting a healthy lifestyle and the importance of staying fit. 

Typical day in the life of a Sports Medicine Doctor

When working with professional athletes or teams, a Sports Medicine Doctor's daily routine may include everything from maintaining the health of coaches and players to helping rehabilitate injured players. Sports Medicine Doctors will attend practices and games when assigned to specific teams. They act as the doctor on duty for any type of injury or other health-related problem that may occur during practice or games. Daily duties may also include routine weight checks, evaluation of joints, muscles and bones, and updating of an athlete's medical record.

When working in medical office settings, daily duties may be more routine. Sports Medicine Doctors will see patients throughout the day on a schedule. Tasks may include anything from routine medical exams and evaluations to rehabilitation, bone setting or injury maintenance.

Pros about this career

  • High salary
  • Positive job outlook
  • Career satisfaction
  • Job flexibility (sports medicine doctors can work in a variety of professional settings and might even open practices for themselves)

Cons about this career

  • Many years of study required, which typically requires a large financial investment
  • Irregular work schedule
  • Work hazards

Skills needed

  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Good communication
  • Problem-solving

How do I get there

Sports Medicine is a highly specialized branch of medical science, which can only be studied after the completion of your MBBS degree. For getting admission into a diploma course, you need to appear for the All India Sports Medicine Post Graduate entrance test, followed by an interview.

If you want to specialize in this field, then the 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine  (PGDSM) at the Faculty of Sports Sciences, Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports  (NSNIS), Patiala, is a great option. This diploma is affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health  Sciences, Faridkot and is recognized by the Medical Council of India, and the institute is the country's  best in the field.

 The Hospital for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Arthritis and Accident-Trauma in Bangalore   offers a post-MBBS basic course, and an advance course for orthopedic surgeons.

 The Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar has MD and PhD programs in Sports Medicine.

 You also have the option of pursuing an MD from the All India Institute of Hygiene & Public  Health, Kolkata or the Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai.

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