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Is Sports Medicine Only for Competitive Athletes?

Sports medicine could impact you.

Sports medicine specialists help treat a variety of sports and activity-related issues. While sports medicine physicians help professional athletes perform at their maximum capacity, they also help people just getting into a sport or exercise routine.


As medical experts nationwide tout the many health benefits of getting regular exercise, more people are lacing up their sneakers and getting involved in sports. Unfortunately, with more people hitting the courts or fields, there are bound to be more injuries. 


According to a National Health Statistics Report, there are about 8.6 million sports-related injuries per year. Half of those injuries required treatment from a doctor. A third of those injured visited an emergency department, and about 230,000 of those injuries resulted in hospitalization.


If you injure yourself or want advice on how to prevent injury as you ramp up to play a sport, a sports medicine physician like James M. Lee Jr., MD, at Orange Orthopaedic Associates can help you get and stay healthy.

Who do sports medicine physicians help?

Sports medicine physicians provide comprehensive medical care for professional athletes, weekend warriors, and even non-athletes. They are also excellent resources for people who wish to become active or begin an exercise program. 


Additionally, sports medicine specialists can help people who want to improve their overall fitness and those who occasionally play sports such as golf, running, or tennis.

How can a sports medicine physician help you?

At Orange Orthopaedic Associates, sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lee treats sports-related injuries such as sprains, ACL tears, and muscle cramps. He also helps reduce re-injuries and provides advice and support to help prevent injuries altogether. Other services Dr. Lee delivers include:

Sports conditioning

Whether you’re a professional athlete or club sports enthusiast, Dr. Lee can help develop a program to manage your diet, weight, and training routine in order to maximize your athletic performance.

Treat common and advanced sports-related injuries

No one wants to be sidelined for long. Dr. Lee treats common injuries such as sprains and tears as well as more severe sports-related injuries such as rotator cuff tears and bone fractures. His goal is to get you strong, quickly, so you can get back on the field. 

Exercise routine

In addition to treating injuries and helping professional and amateur athletes perform at their peak, Dr. Lee can also recommend exercises to help build strength and prevent injuries.

If you’ve experienced a sports injury or need help improving your game, call sports medicine specialist Dr. Lee at Orange Orthopaedic Associates or make an appointment using our online system. We have offices in West Orange, Bayonne, and Tenafly, New Jersey.

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