Monday, February 15, 2010

Sports Medicine and the Winter Games

I'm always so proud when the Olympics roll around. Love to see the US represented well, win or lose, it's super.

The field of sports medicine has evolved at a blistering pace over the past thirty years. It used to be that all you had on the sideline or on the bench was a trainer, essentially a medical technician who learned a lot about treating sports injuries both in school and on the job, or, in the pros, you had an orthopedic surgeon at every game praying no one got hit in the throat or got their noggin' cracked open.

Witnessing the terrible, fatal luge crash the other day reminded me that the days of the Orthopedic surgeon as the sole 'team doc' are gone. To be sure, most sports injuries and syndromes still fall within the penumbra of orthopedics (in fact, orthopedic surgeons can do a one year fellowship to specialize in sports orthopedics), but more and more, primary care and ER docs are being called upon because so many problems with athletes ARE NOT of the orthopedic variety.

A primary care or ER doc can also do a sports medicine fellowship (also one year of extra training) to prepare to specialize in treating athletes. It might be hard to imagine, but many athletes DO have issues outside the bones and joints that can impact performance.


  1. After all, you can't expect the orthopods to prescribe all the performance enhancing drugs, can you? Most of them don't even know the names of more than two antibiotics.

  2. So why did you put the picture of a God Damn fairy queer faggot up?

  3. He is soooooooo cute. I love that, uhmm, guy.

  4. ... so refer to last paragraph, OF. The possibilities are endless.

  5. Obviously he's the one who shows up for treatment because he" fell" on the beer bottle/flashlight/umbrella when he was practicing nekid. Would that be considered sports medicine?

  6. Is that an Olympic athlete or an American Idol contestant?

    Seriously, I spent 6 years volunteering as a team doc for hockey teams at various levels (both minor league pro and junior A level). Only a small percentage of the injuries required an ortho referral. There was a lot of ER medicine and primary care medicine.

    I LOVED working with the players (none of them looked anything like the picture posted above).

    They were all great guys and they never complained unless there was a problem. They WANTED to play. It was a very pleasant change from the ER.

  7. Ever spot a great ass, follow her, and find out it's a Dude???

  8. frank,
    yes, Oslo. we were at the 'beach' and had heard of the topless ways of the nordic ladies and i spotted one in a bikini bottom with long flowing blond hair. luckily i figured it out when dude-gal turned around and had a mustache. boy was he pretty though.