Sports Medicine Injuries and Physicians

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Sports Medicine is a medical field that specializes with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. It was introduced around the early Greek and Roman era when the first modern Olympic Games took place. The Greek felt they could do something to help heal and prevent injuries that the athletes were receiving. Now in sports medicine, certain injuries can only be assessed and treated by specific physicians. These physicians can include physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. Although sports physicians are most commonly seen by athletes after they are hurt so they can be treated, there are some physicians that are seen before an injury occurs so that they can learn how to prevent injuries. In ancient Greece and ancient Rome, Herodicus first combined sports with health. He is the reason that people realized that exercise and a good diet help better our health. With these realizations, sports training and athletic competitions became very popular and led to the first Olympic Games that took place in Athens, Greece in 1896. These competitions made coaches and fans realize how important and needed it was to stretch and warm up before training events. They wanted to find ways to prevent injuries and also treat them immediately when they occurred during events. The phrase sports medicine was not thought of until the 1928 Olympics in Switzerland which was where the First International Congress of Sports Medicine had their first meeting and became an organization. The First International Congress of Sports Medicine is an international board that is associated with all five continents and promotes research to help optimize health, strength, nutrition, and perfo... ... middle of paper ... ... and motivation to prepare athletes for competitive events and gain strength to get back to competing. Many times, they will conduct training camps, skill improvement courses, clinics, preseason workouts and tryouts, and training programs based on teams and individuals in specific sports. Works Cited Bella, Laura La. Dream Jobs in Sports Fitness and Medicine. New York: Rosen Pub., 2013. Print. “Education Career Articles." Education Career Articles RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. "History and Purpose." FIMS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. “Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine." Common Injuries. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014 "Sports Medicine Info." Sports Medicine Info RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014 Fahey, Thomas D., EdD. Specialist in Sports Conditioning Workbook and Study Guide. California: International Sports Sciences Association, 2007. Print

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