A career in...
A career in sport and exercise medicine
- By: Guy Evans
From helping an athlete win an Olympic medal to encouraging a sedentary patient to begin an exercise programme, sport and exercise medicine doctors need enthusiasm, a wide range of clinical skills, and a good understanding of human motivation.
A career in sport and exercise medicine involves skilled diagnoses and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions; however, it is not just about musculoskeletal medicine. The role entails being flexible and working in a multidisciplinary team. It can include helping elite athletes achieve their best, amateur sportspeople bounce back from injury, and people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes manage their condition and improve their health through exercise medicine. You might work in primary or secondary care or in NHS clinics or within recreational, professional, or disability sport—many people juggle a portfolio career.
The aim of sport and exercise medicine is to enable and encourage people to take part safely in physical activity