What is Sports Medicine?

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports Medicine is a field that focuses on treating and preventing sports-related injuries while also enhancing athletic performance. It involves specialized care, advice, and techniques to keep athletes of all levels healthy and active.

Sports Medicine professionals not only address injuries but also offer athletic training programs that improve agility, strength, and endurance. By incorporating targeted exercises and training methods, athletes can optimize their physical capabilities and achieve peak performance in their chosen sports.

What’s the Difference Between Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy?

Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy are closely related but serve distinct purposes.

Sports Medicine:

  • Helps athletes with sports injuries.
  • Special care and treatments for athletes.
  • Focuses on preventing and treating sports-related injuries.
  • Aims to improve athletic performance.

Physical Therapy:

  • Physical Therapy is broader and helps people with different muscle problems, not just sports injuries.
  • Uses exercises and techniques to improve movement.
  • Helps many kinds of patients with different needs.
  • Focuses on making people move better and feel better.

Injury Prevention and Conditioning

In sports medicine, injury prevention and conditioning are crucial in helping athletes stay safe and perform at their best.

Here are a few key points:

  • Targeted Exercises: Specific exercises are designed to reduce the risk of injuries and improve overall performance.
  • Strength Enhancement: Conditioning programs focus on building strength to better withstand the physical demands of sports.
  • Flexibility Improvement: Increasing flexibility helps athletes move more efficiently and reduces the likelihood of strains and sprains.
  • Endurance Training: Endurance exercises boost stamina, allowing athletes to sustain their performance over longer periods.
  • Proper Warm-Up: Sports medicine professionals teach effective warm-up techniques to prepare the body for activity.
  • Injury Prevention Strategies: Athletes receive valuable advice on techniques and precautions to minimize the chances of injuries.
  • Sport-Specific Training: Tailored training regimens are developed to address the unique demands of each sport.

By prioritizing injury prevention and engaging in conditioning programs, athletes can optimize their physical capabilities, reduce the risk of injuries, and excel in their chosen sports.

Conditions Treated in Sports Medicine

Sports medicine covers a wide range of conditions related to sports and physical activity.

  • Sprains and Strains: Injuries to ligaments (sprains) and muscles/tendons (strains) are frequently treated in sports medicine.
  • Fractures and Dislocations: Sports-related fractures and joint dislocations require specialized care for proper healing and rehabilitation.
  • Overuse Injuries: Repetitive motions and intense training can lead to overuse injuries like tendinitis and stress fractures.
  • Concussions: Sports medicine experts evaluate and manage concussions, providing guidance on safe return-to-play protocols.
  • Cartilage and Meniscus Injuries: Conditions such as cartilage tears and meniscus injuries often require surgical or non-surgical intervention.
  • Muscle Imbalances: Sports medicine helps address muscle imbalances to improve movement patterns and prevent injuries.
  • Ligament Tears: Injuries to ligaments, such as ACL or MCL tears, are commonly treated in sports medicine.

Sports medicine professionals have the expertise to diagnose and treat these conditions, working closely with athletes to provide personalized care, rehabilitation plans, and strategies for preventing future injuries.

Sports medicine professionals also help those with a specific goal instead of a condition or injury. This might include support for recreational or professional running, bicycling, or other sports.

Working with an Athletic Trainer

FCMC designates athletic trainers to help with a variety of sports teams throughout the county.  Here are a few ways an athletic trainer can help you:

  1. Injury Care: If you get hurt, an athletic trainer will take care of you. They’ll check your injury and provide treatments like ice or bandages.
  2. Exercises and Rehab: To help you recover, the trainer will guide you through special exercises and rehab activities.
  3. Prevention Tips: Athletic trainers teach you how to avoid injuries. They show you warm-up exercises and safety techniques.
  4. Support and Encouragement: When you feel down, the trainer is there to support and encourage you to keep going!

If you feel that you would benefit from an athletic trainer, please reach out to discuss your options and what best fits your needs.

Our Sports Medicine Providers

Lance Hansen, MD

Lance Hansen, MD

Family Medicine

    Stephanie Hendricks, PA

    Stephanie Hendricks, PA

    Family Medicine

      Gregory Hicken, MD

      Gregory Hicken, MD

      Orthopedics

        Kerry Jepsen, MD

        Kerry Jepsen, MD

        Orthopedics

          Stuart Knapp, MD

          Stuart Knapp, MD

          Family Medicine

            Dr. Morrison Portrait

            Chelsie Morrison, DO

            Family Medicine

              Jeffery Nielson, DPT

              Jeffery Nielson, DPT

              Physical Therapy

                Amy Pabawena, FNP

                Amy Pabawena, FNP

                Family Medicine

                  Daniel Patten, MD

                  Daniel Patten, MD

                  Family Medicine

                    Leo Robertson III, DPT

                    Leo Robertson III, DPT

                    Physical Therapy

                      Spencer Smedley, DPT

                      Spencer Smedley, DPT

                      Physical Therapy

                        Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                        Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                        Family Medicine

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                          Our Sports Medicine Location

                          Franklin County Physical Therapy
                          53 S State St, Preston, ID 83263
                          Hours:
                          Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
                          (208) 852-4122

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