Athletic trainers work with other sports medicine team members to provide injury evaluations, design treatment programs, attend local athletic competitions, and advise athletes, coaches and parents. Athletic trainers supply their services to area professionals and high school and recreational athletes.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialists are part of the core physician group of the Sports Medicine Center. PM&R physicians treat nonsurgical musculoskeletal injuries. They plan and implement specific injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement training.
Orthopedic surgeons also form the core of the Sports Medicine Center. These specialists treat musculoskeletal injuries surgically and nonsurgically.
Sports Physical Therapists
Sports physical therapists work closely with orthopedic surgeons and PM&R specialists on the Sports Medicine Center team. They help plan and implement programs to rehabilitate injured athletes and to improve performance.
Sports psychologists offer patients the opportunity to discuss the emotional aspects of injury. They propose strategies to help cope with injury. Sports psychologists also provide patient education and develop programs to enhance individual and team sport performance.
A sports dietitian analyzes the athlete's or patient's nutrition and offers advice on improving nutrition. A better diet can facilitate injury rehabilitation and prevention, aid weight loss or gain, and improve athletic performance. A sports dietitian is an excellent resource on the value of supplements and their role in athletic performance.