Essentials of Sports Medicine

Essentials of Sports Medicine

Essentials of Sports Medicine

Essentials of Sports Medicine

Excerpt

The cornerstone for the delivery of quality health care today is the primary care physician. This reality is especially true in sports medicine, which encompasses a wide variety of disciplines. Although no single practitioner can provide all the care needed by an athlete, athletes do require a broadly trained physician as their point of first contact with the health care system. This physician should be able to care for most of the sports related problems they encounter and effectively arrange and manage consultative care when needed.This role is nothing new for the primary care physician. Virtually all primary care physicians practicing today are confronted with a sick or injured athlete on a regular basis. A major portion of the field of sports medicine is really nothing more than the primary care of athletes. That is not to say that athletes do not at times require specialized expertise. A primary care physician with additional training in sports medicine can fill a vital role in caring for athletes, whether as a team physician or by seeing patients in a sports medicine clinic.The American Board of Medical Specialties has defined the field of sports medicine as a broad area of health care that includes:

1. Exercise as an essential component of health care throughout life;
2. Medical management and supervision of recreational and competitive athletes and all others who exercise; and
3. Exercise for prevention and treatment of disease and injury. Based on this broad definition, a sports medicine physician should have a wide scope of training. For this reason, the major primary care specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine) developed an examination to recognize competence in sports medicine. Passing this examination, which was first given in 1993, confers a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in sports medicine. To sit for this examination, physicians must hold board certification in one of these primary care specialties, and must have completed a one year fellowship in sports medicine. A practice eligibility pathway is available through the 1999 examination.

The origins of this book began with a board review course for the first CAQ examination in sports medicine. This course was conceived and organized by my co-editor, Dr. Ferdy Massimino, and sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It ranks as one of the College's most ambitious and broad based education efforts. This conference brought together a vast array of sports medicine experts from across the nation to cover the entire range of primary care sports medicine topics, and lasted 5½ days while encompassing over 50 hours of lecture time. The entire course was filmed by CME Video and released as a 27-tape, comprehensive review of sports medicine. A similar course was staged in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) before the 1995 CAQ examination.

ACSM's Essentials of Sports Medicine has sprung from the massive syllabus that accompanied these conferences. Most of the topics and many of the speakers from these conferences are represented here. Most authors are primary care physicians who are leaders in the practice and teaching of sports medicine across the country. Numerous specialists, well known for their care of athletes . . .

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