What is Sports Medicine?
Imagine a cricket match in full steam. Sachin catches the ball and falls headlong hurting his back. A stretcher comes on field with a doctor in tow. This is where sports medicine comes in.
Sports medicine is a multi-disciplinary field which includes the physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and pathological aspects associated with exercise and sports. Sports medicine refers to many different areas of physical exercise and sports science that relate both to performance and care of injury. Within sports medicine are areas of specialization such as clinical medicine, orthopaedics, exercise physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, athletic training, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and more.
Many professionals, in fact, use the term “sports medicine”, when in reality they are either team physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, exercise physiologists, bio-mechanists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, or others. Therefore, studying sports medicine means the study of one of these fields which combine medical principals and sciences with sport and physical performance, for maintaining a physically fit lifestyle.