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How do I find a GP/family doctor that also understands swimming/running/biking

Question by Huengsolo:

Here's one that I think I should know the answer to - but just plain don't. How do I find a GP/family doctor that also understands swimming/running/biking (and the associated injury/muscle stress questions)? Also, is a sports medicine doc able to also function as a GP - a la how my wife sees her OB/GYN for everything ...?

Answer:

You can locate a primary care physician with training in sports medicine through the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). This group is composed of doctors who trained in primary care specialties like family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics, plus non-operative sports medicine. Look for a doctor in your locale by logging onto the AMSSM web site. You might also find a physician with this background by checking with fellow athletes or training groups.

Sports medicine is a broad field, but many sports medicine physicians are trained in family or internal medicine in addition to sports medicine, and can provide you with the full range of medical care. Most orthopedic sports medicine physicians limit their practice to musculoskeletal problems.
 

William O Roberts MD
AMSSM Member
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Minnesota Medical School

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date: October 30, 2005

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

FIND A SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR

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