An orthopaedic surgeon trained in sports medicine provides appropriate care for all structures of the musculoskeletal system directly affected by participation in sporting activity. This specialist is proficient in areas including conditioning, training and fitness, athletic performance and the impact of dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition on performance and health, coordination of care within the team setting utilizing other health care professionals, field evaluation and management, soft tissue biomechanics and injury healing and repair. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and techniques of rehabilitation, athletic equipment and orthotic devices enables the specialist to prevent and manage athletic injuries. Source: American Board of Medical Specialties, 2007. www.abms.org [7/1/2007: definiton changed, source changed]
Additional Resources: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007. http://www.abos.org/.
Board certification for Medical Doctors (MDs) is provided by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
ACGME Accredited Program Requirements: 1 year GME in the specialty + 5 years of Orthopaedic Surgery for a total of 6 years