Sports Medicine Has Its Focus on Athletes

Sports medicine focuses on the care of an athlete, whether that athlete is an amateur or a professional. Who works in this area? You will find physicians, such as orthopedic surgeons, but you will also find physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches and more. The goal of this area of medicine is to treat injuries, but to also prevent them. This area of medicine is not just a focus of the musculoskeletal system; it can also include pulmonology, cardiology and more. This is an area of medicine that is not only a treatment for a physical problem, but also psychological and environmental problems. The American Board of Medical Specialties has recognized the area since 1989 even though it has been in existence since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. The area of sports medicine continues to grow and evolve as it becomes more and more known and respected.