Sport and exercise medicine

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) consultants are specialists skilled in the delivery of Musculoskeletal and Physical activity medicine and Team Care. The specialty has a large scale application in managing and improving 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 increase physical activity both to reduce and treat many non-communicable diseases. The role includes:

Doctors in sport and exercise medicine treat and are involved in treating a variety of conditions including:

“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.

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Common procedures and interventions

These include:

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