I'm an Athlete: How Can Sports Medicine Help?

Sports medicine can help weekend warriors, hardcore athletes, professional athletes, and people wanting to start playing a sport. In short, sports medicine can help any athlete or athlete wannabe get stronger, prevent injuries, play better, or recover from an injury. 

Dr. James M. Lee Jr. of Orange Orthopaedics is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine and years of experience treating amateur and professional athletes. Here, Dr. Lee shares the many benefits of sports medicine on the field and off. 

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine specialists receive extensive training in physical fitness, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. They are usually board-certified in another specialty such as orthopedics, family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics and then receive additional training.

Sports medicine, though, is not just for serious or professional athletes. There are about 8.6 million sports-related injuries every year, and those injuries happen to all types of athletes. But you don’t only have to visit a sports medicine specialist after a sport-related injury.

If you’re interested in getting more active, improving your overall fitness, or getting involved in a sport, a sports medicine specialist can help you get in condition so that you play safer and better. Learning how to prevent an injury is better than learning how to recover from one.

How can sports medicine help athletes?

Whether you’re playing to win or playing for fun, the stronger and more conditioned you are, the more likely you’ll be able to do both. So before you get on the field, a sports medicine specialist like Dr. Lee can help you with your diet, conditioning, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you do get injured, a sports medicine specialist has expertise to treat your injury and help you recover quickly and safely so you can get back on the field, on the court, or in the gym. 

Having a previous injury puts you at risk of reinjury. A sports medicine specialist can help reduce your risk of reinjury through conditioning and education.

Lastly, if you’re looking to play harder and better, a sports medicine specialist can help improve your performance by providing exercises to build up problem areas and reduce the risk of injury. At Orange Orthopaedics, Dr. Lee develops a personalized training plan based on your medical history and goals.

Are you looking to get stronger and better at your sport? Do you want to avoid injury or reinjury? Call us at Orange Orthopaedics with offices in Bayonne, West Orange, and Tenafly, New Jersey. You can also request an appointment online through this website.

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