Physician / Doctor, Sports Medicine Salary
The average salary for a Physician / Doctor, Sports Medicine is $185,112 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Sports Medicine
A physician/doctor in sports medicine is a health care professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions related to athletic activity. Doctors in sports medicine may be presented with injuries incurred in singular accidents or mishaps, or more vague aches and pains which can deter performance or prevent participation. They then take whatever corrective actions are medically necessary, which may include bracing, medicine, or even surgical approaches.Read More...
Typically, a patient will seek a sports medicine doctor for a specific complaint and many patients are referred by their primary care physicians. The sports medicine doctor will examine the patient and work with him/her to plan a path to recovery and get the athlete back into participating. The doctor will consult a variety of advanced imaging technology, including not only X-rays, but also MRI and even CAT scans. The doctor then presents the patient with treatment and rehabilitation options, and a variety of timetables, so the athlete can make the best determination based on his/her needs. In all treatment options, the doctor works to develop treatment and rehabilitation that returns the patient-athlete to peak performance as soon as possible.
Doctors in sports medicine must have a medical degree from an accredited university and certification to practice medicine in their area. In addition, there are professional sports medicine certification programs which require continuing education and practical experience with procedures and sports medicine equipment. Most doctors in sports medicine work in practices and clinics dedicated to this specialty, and they often work fairly long hours during a regular work-week.
Physician / Doctor, Sports Medicine Tasks
- Diagnose and treat injuries from athletic activities.
- Offer specialized treatment for joint, muscle, and bone issues.
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