Trends in Sports Medicine

Can we comment on the paradigm shift that has occurred over the years relating to practice of sports medicine?

 

Today, in order to practice sports medicine, a physician needs to be equipped with certain armamentarium. Most of those skills are acquired from sports medicine fellowship training program. In addition, the athletes have to be regarded as patients needing special form of primary care. 

Just as athletes work in teams, Sports medicine is composed of a team of primary care physicians plus or minus pediatricians, Physical therapists, athletic trainers, orthopedic physician’s, and osteopathic physician’s including DOs (Doctors of osteopathic medicine) who practice neuromuscular medicine with OMT (Osteopathic manipulative treatment). 

As a sports medicine physician, the goal is to “promote the health and safety of the athlete in training and competition.” Such a physician is equipped with additional screening tool for injuries, illness, or factors that might expose the athlete to preventable illness or injuries.”

From working with athletes in rehab, I discovered the priceless opportunity I have through my wonderful program to have a direct observation of the progress of the recovering athletes after an acute injury. It would be nice to learn from what each physician in this field has learned as well at their different levels of training, and while working with the sports medicine team.

Thanks

Ref:

Best TM. The pre-participation evaluation: an opportunity for change and consensus. Cline J Sports Med. 2004; 14:107-108

Bundy DG, Fuedtner c. Pre-participation physical evaluation for high school athletes: time for a new game plan. Ambul Pediatr. 2004;4:260-263

Internet: www. sportsmed.org. last accessed 07/13/2013

 

What type of Pain Do You Have? Learn the Difference.

“Understanding how pain is defined is important in order to learn how to better control it” says Dr. William W. Deardorff, PhD, ABPP.

 

In an article published at www.spinehealth.com, Dr. Deardorff explains the different categories of pain. Learn to identify them along with their causes and symptoms in order to gain a greater understanding of the science behind pain management. There is Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, and Neuropathic Pain. Read more at http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/chronic-pain/types-back-pain-acute-pain-chronic-pain-and-neuropathic-pain.

7 Guidelines of a Pain Free Lifestyle

According to Christopher Stepien at goodlifezen.com, healthy diet and regular exercise, along with a few other tips can help you live pain free. “Work, clean, play. This allows your body to vary its movements and keeps the body’s workload balanced.” says Stepien. “With repetitive movements, certain areas of the body become overworked, leading to pain.”  The full article is located at http://goodlifezen.com/2010/08/06/7-guidelines-towards-living-a-pain-free-life/

Tips for treating painful Trigger Points

  1. Apply heat.
  2. Non-steroidal anti-in flammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen and Aleve.
  3. Stretch muscle.
  4. Eat a banana, or take magnesium or calcium.
  5. Seek Treatment from your Osteopathic physician.

An alternative to direct application of heat to the non-injured muscle is to increase the body core temperature with moderate cardiovascular exercises (AKA aerobic exercises)

Sources:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003025.htm. Last accessed 09/04/2013
http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/relieve-muscle-tightness-1752.html. Last accessed 09/04/2013