Subspecialty Careers: Sports Medicine
The discipline of sports medicine primarily concerns itself with the emergency assessment and care of acutely injured athletes, diagnosis, treatment and management of common sports injuries and illnesses, management of medical problems of the athlete, rehabilitation of ill and injured athletes, and exercise as treatment.
Sports Medicine fellowship training requires 12 months of accredited training beyond general internal medicine residency.
The Sports Medicine Certification Program is jointly developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).
For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 125 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training programs in Sports Medicine with 204 trainees.