Sport and exercise medicine

Sport and exercise medicine (SEM) involves the medical care of injury and illness in patients who undertake or wish to undertake physical activity. These medics also manage and improve the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Nature of the work

A consultant in sport and exercise medicine possesses excellent clinical history-taking and examination skills, enabling accurate diagnosis. They take a holistic approach to patient care and understand the specific physical attributes required to participate in a variety of sports.

 A multidisciplinary approach and a broad-based specialty, SEM practitioners work in a variety of settings across primary, secondary and tertiary care.

Sport and exercise medicine became a recognised medical specialty in 2005. Alongside treating sport and physical activity related injuries and common conditions, it aims to reduce risks to health and promote healthy participation in sport and exercise. The role includes:

Doctors in sport and exercise medicine treat conditions such as:

“Disorders of breathing are another aspect of sports and exercise medicine, where patients may have conditions such as asthma or vocal chord dysfunction”.     

Mike Loosemore, holds two consultant posts, at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the English Institute of Sport.

Read Mike’s story

Common procedures and interventions

These include:

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