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Sports Medicine Physicians
District Of Columbia

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Diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

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Currently Employed: 2,060

Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.91 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $56,000 - $166,400+

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Record athletes' medical care information and maintain medical records.
  • Record athletes' medical histories and perform physical examinations.
  • Examine and evaluate athletes prior to participation in sports activities to determine level of physical fitness or predisposition to injuries.
  • Coordinate sports care activities with other experts including specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, or coaches.
  • Provide education and counseling on illness and injury prevention.
  • Advise athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.

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