Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine      
Prepared by  Prepared by: Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr. Stephan Praet, Sports & Exercise Physician, Australian Institute of Sport (February 2016)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Nicole Vlahovich PhD, Research Manager, Australian Institute of Sport (February 2016) 
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 19 March 2018
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Sports and exercise medicine (SEM) encompasses a broad range of skills including management of acute or chronic exercise related injuries, the management of medical problems associated with sport and exercise, doping related issues, as well as exercise prescription for both healthy people and for treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Team care, at both an elite and community level, which may involve on-field management, touring with team, and administrative work, is commonly performed by Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians who are Fellows of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP). Research in SEM is particularly concerned with injury prevention, rehabilitation and enhancing physical function.

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