Emergency Sports Medicine Physician

Treat athletes who sustain emergency injuries during sports games.
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~ $172,000

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What do Emergency Sports Medicine Physicians do?

Emergency Sports Medicine Physician. Wow, that title is a mouthful. But what’s it mean? Well, let’s break it down.

A Physician is a Doctor. Sports medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with common sports injuries, how to avoid them, and how to treat them. And emergency is, well, you can probably handle that one. So, an Emergency Sports Medicine Physician is a Doctor who’s trained to handle emergency injuries caused by sports.

Think of the possibilities. Sure, you could be the Emergency Sports Medicine Physician on call at the Seattle hospital closest to CenturyLink Field. But, you could also travel across the country with the team, standing on the sideline during each play.

Of course, you don’t have to go professional. You could work at the middle school, high school, or collegiate level.

Wherever you spend your Friday nights, your job is to quickly and accurately assess the condition of the Player and the nature of the injury. When a Soccer Player drops to the ground, you rush out to evaluate whether she’s had a stroke or sprained an ankle. In fact, it’s often your call as to whether the Player is ready to return to the field. Everyone on the team looks to you to make decisions about tests, surgeries, and treatments.

In addition to team field sports, your job might allow you to attend the Olympics, be present at marathons, or sign up to be part of the medical team for The Amazing Race.

Should I be an Emergency Sports Medicine Physician?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Emergency Medicine Physician

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