Sports Institute Northern Ireland

Sports Medicine

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a multidisciplinary area within medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injury and illness arising from participation in sport and exercise.

How can Sports Medicine help athletes?

A sports physician is a qualified medical doctor who has undergone extensive post-graduate training and obtained qualifications in sport and exercise medicine. Sports physicians are qualified in the assessment of and non-operative treatment of injuries. The sports physician will also coordinate any further investigations required in the assessment of an injury and, if required, facilitate referral to other specialists. Within SINI the sports physician is also ideally placed to advise on the prevention of illness and to provide prompt expert medical care when this is required. Sports physicians operate best as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in SINI our sports physician works closely with coaches and the rest of his colleagues in the sports medicine, sports science, strength & conditioning, nutrition, performance and lifestyle teams advising on a wide range of medical issues.