Sports Medicine Physicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

Common job titles of Sports Medicine Physicians include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 50.95% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 49.05% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.


    Inform coaches, trainers, or other interested parties regarding the medical conditions of athletes.

    Examine, evaluate and treat athletes who have been injured or who have medical problems such as exercise-induced asthma.

    Coordinate sports care activities with other experts including specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, or coaches.

    Refer athletes for specialized consultation, physical therapy, or diagnostic testing.

    Record athletes' medical care information and maintain medical records.

    Provide education and counseling on illness and injury prevention.

    Order and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.

    Diagnose or treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

    Prescribe medications for the treatment of athletic-related injuries.

    Record athletes' medical histories and perform physical examinations.

    Advise coaches, trainers, or physical therapists on the proper use of exercises and other therapeutic techniques and alert them to potentially dangerous practices.

    Prescribe orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive equipment.

    Supervise the rehabilitation of injured athletes.

    Observe and evaluate athletes' mental well-being.

    Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.

    Evaluate and manage chronic pain conditions.

    Attend games and competitions to provide evaluation and treatment of activity-related injuries or medical conditions.

    Advise athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.

    Develop and prescribe exercise programs such as off-season conditioning regimens.

    Participate in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.

    Provide coaches and therapists with assistance in selecting and fitting protective equipment.

    Develop and test procedures for dealing with emergencies during practices or competitions.

    Examine and evaluate athletes prior to participation in sports activities to determine level of physical fitness or predisposition to injuries.

    Inform athletes about nutrition, hydration, dietary supplements, or uses and possible consequences of medication.

    Conduct research in the prevention or treatment of injuries or medical conditions related to sports and exercise.

    Select and prepare medical equipment or medications to be taken to athletic competition sites.

    Advise athletes on how substances, such as herbal remedies, could affect drug testing results.


Whirlpool tubs

Walking canes

Therapeutic weight sets

Therapeutic treadmills

Therapeutic parallel bars

Therapeutic diathermy machines

Tablet computers

All Tools

Stair climbers

Sonic therapy units

Resistance bands

Pulse oximeters

Peak flow meters

Orthopedic splints

Neurological hammers

Muscle stimulators

Multipurpose electrotherapy units

Motion capture systems

Mechanical stethoscopes

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment

Laptop computers

Knee braces

Iontophoresis equipment


Heat therapy equipment

Hand dynamometers


Fitness balls

Exercise bikes

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Digital x ray machines

Digital spirometers

Diagnostic ultrasound scanners

Desktop computers

Custom orthotics

Cold therapy equipment

Cast boots

Bone densitometers

Body fat analyzers

Automated external defibrillators AED

Adjustable crutches


3D motion analysis software

Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

All Technologies

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Email software

Epic Practice Management


GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

McKesson Practice Plus

Meditab IMS Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management

OmniMD Sports Medicine EHR

PracticeSuite Complete Suite

Presagia Sports



Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

Web browser software



Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Teaching others how to do something.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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