Sports Medicine Physicians

What they do:

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

On the job, you would:

  • Select and prepare medical equipment or medications to be taken to athletic competition sites.
  • Provide coaches and therapists with assistance in selecting and fitting protective equipment.
  • Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.
  • Observe and evaluate athletes' mental well-being.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.
  • Develop and prescribe exercise programs such as off-season conditioning regimens.
  • Advise athletes on how substances, such as herbal remedies, could affect drug testing results.
  • Conduct research in the prevention or treatment of injuries or medical conditions related to sports and exercise.
  • Advise athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.
  • Attend games and competitions to provide evaluation and treatment of activity-related injuries or medical conditions.

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Work Activities

Interests

  • Investigative
  • Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Social
  • Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic
  • Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
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  • Artistic
  • Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Conventional
  • Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • First Interest High-Point
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  • Enterprising
  • Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
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