Sports Medicine - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

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Job Description

 

Primary care sports medicine specialists (PCSMS) work to provide medical care and counseling to physically active people, ranging from amateur fitness enthusiasts to professional athletes.

While sports medicine still involves injury treatment, it now also encompasses preventing injuries, boosting performance, and assisting active individuals in maximizing their lifestyle's health benefits, all with the guidance of a primary care sports medicine physician.

Surgical care is one branch of sports medicine, concerned with repairing joint, tendon, and ligament damage, according to the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM).

The alternative path, primary care, involves all kinds of health care not involving surgical procedures.

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Responsibilities

 

A primary care sports medicine specialist finds themselves called on to assist with diagnosing and treating sports related injuries, providing advice on athletic conditioning, working to prevent injuries or rehabilitate a patient following one.

They even offer nutritional guidance for maximum physical success in people with an active or athletic focus, covering all aspects of keeping physically vigorous people healthy and injury-free.

PCSMS are responsible for developing comprehensive health care plans for an active lifestyle patient. They diagnose and treat sports injuries, monitor activity, and gauge impact on the body.

PCSMS use hands-on techniques to prevent and treat muscular and skeletal conditions common in athletes.

They focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation, and incorporate nutrition, endurance and strength training to support and improve athletic performance. 

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Skills

 

Sports doctors must posses a variety of physical skills since they work in a active, hands-on environment.

They also must have great analytical and professional skills, since they are physicians and determine and treat patient injuries and illnesses.

Their skills include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Reasoning

Must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in injuries and determine causes and provide solutions.

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient's issues and convey to them the best path to treatment.

Empathy

Must be compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Patience

They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time. They also must help their clients have patience--especially if they are trying to overcome a difficult injury.

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to use knowledge to gauge issues and determine the best route to recovery.

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands and be nimble. You will be put in situations where physical therapy is a must.

Stamina

You work in mostly physical, athletic situations, so you must be able to endure the trying environment and keep up with the people you treat.

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Working Conditions

 

Primary care sports medicine specialists are in greater than ever demand, due to increased focus on physical health, steadily growing enthusiasm for an active lifestyle, and higher public awareness of the benefits of using primary care sports medicine to avoid or, if necessary, treat injuries.

A primary care sports physician may work at a private or group practice, accepting all patients, or may be employed by a fitness club, a university sports department, or even a specific athletic team.

Sports medicine specialists also furnish consultative services to athletic trainers, athletic directors, and sports coaches. Their input helps prevent injuries related to vigorous physical activity before they can even happen.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.14.2019
Memorial Hospital, located in beautiful North Conway, NH is seeking a Board and CAQ Certified/Eligible sports medicine physician (non surgical) for their sports medicine program who will join two orthopedic surgeons and two PAs. Memorial Hospital...
09.28.2019
Description Supports athletes and athletic programs by providing comprehensive fitness, nutrition, injury care and conditioning programs. Essential duties include Performs athlete evaluation on and off the field, provides immediate care as...
09.06.2019
Job Req ID: 206476 Position Number: 00159704 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Details : PT - Tue 11a-5p, Wed 12p-5p, Thur 8a-5p, Fri 7a-4p Standard Hours:  30.00 Department Name: Sports...
09.09.2019
Job Req ID: 207361 Position Number: 00112106 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : M-F, 8a-5p Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Sports Medicine Location: Sports Medicine -...
10.07.2019
The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC)is the faculty physician practice for Duke Health. The PDC owns and operates more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics in 10 North Carolina counties. Sports Medicine Clinic General Description This...
10.15.2019
PDC: The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. The PDCs providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent patient care in more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics...
09.27.2019
OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY Assistant Director of Sports Information Duke University requests applications for the position of Assistant Director of Sports Information. The individual filling this full-time position will be a member of the...
09.25.2019
The Sports Medicine Orthopaedics program has a dedicated interdisciplinary team who work closely with local High Schools, Colleges, and semi-professional sports teams to provide expedited care. Clinic staff use best practices and the latest...
09.17.2019
PDC: The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. The PDCs providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent patient care in more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics...
10.15.2019
PDC: The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. The PDCs providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent patient care in more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics...
09.02.2019
Job Req ID: 205333 Position Number: 00078939 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : PRN - days and hours may vary Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Sports Medicine/Events...
10.01.2019
Job Req ID: 231259 Position Number: 00130655 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : M-F, 8a-5p Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Sports Medicine/Events Location: CFM - Sports...
10.14.2019
The University of Virginia is a highly competitive Division I program committed to academic and athletic excellence. The Department of Athletics at the University of Virginia is now accepting applications for the hourly wage position of Sports...
10.08.2019
Occupational Summary This position classification will be used by the Duke University Athletic Association to distinguish co coaches forclub sports. Work Performed Typical duties will include coaching the sport, possessing the technical knowledge...
10.15.2019
Occupational Summary This position classification will be used by the Duke University Athletic Association to distinguish coaches for club sports. This position is posted specifically for Men's Soccer. Work Performed Typical duties will...
  1. Sports Medicine Provider Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  5. PROGRAM MANAGER - Sports Medicine Clinic Durham, NC Duke Health
    The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC)is the faculty physician practice for Duke Health. The PDC owns and operates more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics in 10 North Carolina counties. Sports Medicine Clinic General Description This...
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    PDC: The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. The PDCs providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent patient care in more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics...
  10. MEDICAL ASSISTANT, CERTIFIED - Sports Medicine Clinic Durham, NC Duke Health
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  11. Special Events/Paramedic - Sports Medicine/Events - PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  12. Cert/Reg Medical Assistant - Sports Medicine and Injury Center Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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