Sports and Exercise Medicine deals predominantly with problems arising from injuries or medical conditions relating to sports and athletic activity. The principles and techniques involved in obtaining the best outcomes in sportspeople can be successfully applied to the management of the generally active population. This also includes injuries related to occupational health. This field of medicine encompasses the health of an athlete, but more importantly also covers all aspects of exercise medicine.
Most people can and should exercise. However, there are individuals who should get their doctor’s permission prior to begin an exercise program, especially individuals with back pain. Anyone with an unstable medical condition will want to seek an exercise prescription from their doctor. Injury may also require an individual to wait for the healing to be complete prior to beginning exercise. If you have cardiac, pulmonary, or metabolic disease, you should begin your exercise in a medically supervised environment.
Sports Medicine doctors also specialise and treat joint injuries, such as elbow, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle injuries. A GP referral is required for a Sports Exercise Medicine appointment at Brighton Spine and Sports Clinic.