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Sports Medicine Physicians - 29-1069.11

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Athletic Team Physician
  • Director of Athletic Medicine, Head Team Physician
  • Director of Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine/Sports Medicine Specialist/Team Physician
  • Head Orthopedic Team Physician
  • Nonsurgical Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Physician
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Team Physician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.
  • Advise athletes on how substances, such as herbal remedies, could affect drug testing results.
  • Advise athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.
  • Advise coaches, trainers, or physical therapists on the proper use of exercises and other therapeutic techniques and alert them to potentially dangerous practices.
  • Attend games and competitions to provide evaluation and treatment of activity-related injuries or medical conditions.
  • Conduct research in the prevention or treatment of injuries or medical conditions related to sports and exercise.
  • Coordinate sports care activities with other experts including specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, or coaches.
  • Develop and prescribe exercise programs such as off-season conditioning regimens.
  • Develop and test procedures for dealing with emergencies during practices or competitions.
  • Diagnose or treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Evaluate and manage chronic pain conditions.
  • Examine and evaluate athletes prior to participation in sports activities to determine level of physical fitness or predisposition to injuries.
  • Examine, evaluate and treat athletes who have been injured or who have medical problems such as exercise-induced asthma.
  • Inform athletes about nutrition, hydration, dietary supplements, or uses and possible consequences of medication.
  • Inform coaches, trainers, or other interested parties regarding the medical conditions of athletes.
  • Observe and evaluate athletes' mental well-being.
  • Order and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.
  • Prescribe medications for the treatment of athletic-related injuries.
  • Prescribe orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive equipment.
  • Provide coaches and therapists with assistance in selecting and fitting protective equipment.
  • Provide education and counseling on illness and injury prevention.
  • Record athletes' medical care information and maintain medical records.
  • Record athletes' medical histories and perform physical examinations.
  • Refer athletes for specialized consultation, physical therapy, or diagnostic testing.
  • Select and prepare medical equipment or medications to be taken to athletic competition sites.
  • Supervise the rehabilitation of injured athletes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise athletes, coaches, or trainers on exercise regimens, nutrition, or equipment use.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Develop emergency procedures.
  • Develop exercise or conditioning programs.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Prescribe assistive medical devices or related treatments.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Select medical equipment for addressing patient needs.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Replacement Arthroplasty (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Traumatology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Podiatric Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • General Practitioner