Sports Medicine

Dismuke Reid
Professor Lassman
English 111-9
19 April 2011
Sports Medicine Research Paper
Sports medicine is not just for jocks anymore.   Moreover, sports medicine is especially necessary for all types of people including Olympic, professional, collegiate, and high school athletes as well as the weekend warrior, elderly adults, and the physically handicapped.   If someone were to go to the web to obtain a definition of sports medicine they would see that there are many definitions that are varied in their scope. When I filtered out the common elements of these definitions, sports medicine could best be summed up as the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries (“Sports Medicine”).   It is apparent that there is not a consensus definition of what sports medicine is.   However, I would say that all of the definitions listed fall short because sports medicine is constantly evolving.
If I were to offer up what I think the key components of sports medicine are, they would include the following:   1) improving fitness and sports performance 2) preventing or recovering from sports injuries 3) targeting those who suffer from chronic diseases or physical limitations.   Regrettably, mass media and sports media in particular have only seemed to focus on component two the most to the detriment of the others.   In the past year local and national sports injury highlights have included stories regarding former Washington Redskin Clinton Portis’ head injury, Washington Wizard John Wall’s ankle injury, professional tennis player Sirena Williams’ abdominal injury, Washington Capital’s Alex Ovechkin’s undisclosed injury.   Nevertheless you get the point.
Heitzmann notes that the explosion of injuries at all levels and a desire by players, parents, coaches, and professional team owners to reduce the injuries has generated an enormous need for sports medicine personnel (91).   All the people surrounding these athletes have a vested interest whether it is noble or not so...