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Sports Medicine Physicians

Also called: Director of Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Physician, Sports Medicine Physician

What they do:
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.
On the job, you would:
  • Diagnose or treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Order and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.


  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Allscripts PM
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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