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Sports Medicine

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Also known as exercise medicine, sports medicine considers the ways that physical activity and exercise impact overall health.

What is a Sports Medicine Specialist?

A sports medicine specialist is trained to understand what occurs on the court or playing field and how a sports injury affects a body. From analyzing how an athlete uses his or her body during practice and competition to looking at a sports-related concussion, a sports medicine specialist works to diagnose and treat a patient so he or she can get back into the game or meet his or her other goals.

A sports medicine specialist is board certified in sports medicine. Sometimes, a sports medicine specialist also specializes in family medicine or orthopedics, or practices at a clinic that specializes in one of these areas.

What Conditions Does a Sports Medicine Specialist Treat?

Athletes can experience many different types of injuries. At UnityPoint Clinic, we can treat, or in some cases, work with you to prevent the following:

  • Concussions
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Muscle tears
  • Knee blowouts
  • Torn ACLs
  • Other sports-related injuries

When to See a Sports Medicine Specialist

If you are injured or believe you are at risk of a sports-related injury, make an appointment to see a sports medicine specialist. Your provider will be able to provide treatment, teach you strengthening or preventative activities or refer you to an orthopedist or other specialist to help you get healthy and meet your personal goals.

Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Sports Medicine

When you or your child get injured while exercising, it's important to see a specialist who understands your injury and is specially trained to help get you back to living an active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. That's exactly the kind of care you will receive at UnityPoint Clinic. Your sports medicine specialist can treat all types of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries.