Sports Physicians

Sports physicians, also known as team physicians, treat patients who have sustained injuries to their musculoskeletal systems during the play or practice of an individual or team sporting event. Sports physicians also do preparticipation tests and physical exams. Some sports physicians create educational programs to help athletes prevent injury. Sports physicians work for schools, universities, hospitals, and private offices; some also travel and treat members of professional sports teams.

Quick Facts
Duties Provide medical care to amateur and professional athletes; seek to help athletes prevent injuries by developing and supervising conditioning and training programs
Alternate Title(s) Orthopedic Surgeons, School Physicians, Team Physicians
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Medical residency; fellowship in sports medicine required
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Team Physician, Professional Team
  • Team Physician, College Team
  • Team Physician, Local School District
  • Assistant Team Physician

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