Because of the competitive nature of sports, a primary aim of sports medicine is to return the patient to their former level of function as soon as practically possible.
Sports medicine problems are most commonly injuries to the musculoskeletal system, but also include any medical illness that may trouble active individuals such as asthma, fatigue and concussion. It involves the care of people who exercise at all levels and of all ages. Sport medicine encompasses a broad range of skills from the management of acute or chronic exercise related injuries, the management of medical problems associated with sport and exercise, doping related issues, as well as exercise prescription for both healthy people and those suffering from chronic illness.
Team care, at both an elite and community level and which may involve on-field management, touring with teams and administrative work, is commonly performed by sports medicine practitioners.
Here at Sportreat, we see patients of all levels of ability and ages with a wide range of issues or problems including:
- Acute or chronic injuries
- Medical problems associated with, arising from or affecting sporting activity, e.g. asthma, overtraining syndrome, post-viral fatigue
- Exercise prescription for those with medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis or cardiac conditions
- Biomechanical analysis of sporting techniques
- Treating head injuries and concussion associated with sport
- Educating athletes and managing doping issues
- Management of underweight female athlete with disordered eating behaviours
- Exercise in pregnancy and the post-partum period
- Wheelchair and physically challenged persons who exercise
- Nutrition advice for exercise and recovery