What is Sport & Exercise Medicine?
Sport and Exercise Medicine is also called SEM. It’s a broad-ranging speciality covering musculoskeletal and sports medicine as well as caring for entire teams of champions. It can involve managing and improving the health of the general public through advice about exercise, too.
A holistic approach to patient care is at the centre of everything, understanding the complex physical attributes needed for people to excel in a variety of sports. Sports & exercise medicine officially became a recognised medical specialty in 2005.
What procedures can you find at a Sport & Exercise Medicine clinic?
- Clinical history
- Physical examination
- Musculoskeletal injections
- Compartment pressure measurements
- Spinal injection skills
- Cardio-pulmonary tests
- Physical fitness assessments
- Arthropometric assessment
- Gait testing and assessment
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound
- Physical activity programmes
- Exercise referrals
- Mental health referrals
What should you expect at a Sport & Exercise Medicine clinic?
As well as giving your injury or problem area a thorough physical examination your sporting doctor may order tests and scans, interpret the results, examine existing test results, talk through your sporting or exercise ambitions and desires, and come up with a treatment plan. If treatment on the spot is required, and the right thing to do, they will either provide it themselves or refer you to another specialist. They will also provide advice to help you heal or deal with your problem.