Competitive and recreational athletes are at risk of injuries that can limit their ability to perform optimally. The outpatient Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota brings together specialists from multiple disciplines who collaborate to meet the needs of each patient. Specialists in the Sports Medicine Center:
- Treat sports and activity-related injuries — Prompt treatment helps athletes quickly return to their sport. Many injuries affect the muscles, ligaments or bones (the musculoskeletal system). These injuries are best diagnosed by a physician trained in musculoskeletal medicine. To avoid recurrent injuries, these physicians can identify and help correct an injury's cause.
- Establish appropriate exercise programs — People interested in starting a routine exercise program benefit from the expertise of Sports Medicine Center specialists. After a medical evaluation and consultation, an individualized program to improve a person's overall health can be started and maintained.
- Provide preventive care — Athletes at all levels benefit from preventive care measures that can protect their safety and overall health. The personalized nutrition, fitness and performance enhancement programs at the Sports Medicine Center help athletes reduce their risk of preventable injuries and disease.