Chances are that if you’ve been in the sports scene for a while now, you probably already know what sports medicine is. But for those of you who are hearing of it for the first time and are wondering ‘What is sports medicine?’ we thought we’d address the question in this blog.
Sports medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, compared with paediatrics or ophthalmology, for example, and it has only emerged in the late 20th century. This specialist area of medicine focuses exclusively on physical fitness and on treating and preventing injuries acquired from sports or exercise. Practitioners in this field are well-versed in a wide array of sports and their varying effects on the body.
This sort of health professional may be employed to advise a rugby or soccer team or you may find professional athletes often reaching out to sports medicine health professionals. Wherever they choose to work, there’s no denying they’re a huge help to those always-active individuals and that they bring much relief.
Sports medicine physicians assist athletes with the following:
- Diagnosis & treatment
- Pain management
- Prescriptions of medication
- Treatment & rehabilitation strategies
- Restored mobility
- Faster recovery
- Injury prevention
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing swelling
- Increased range of motion
- Holistic care (nutrition & sports psychology)
- Minimally invasive procedures
Any sports involving repetitive movement, like golf, tennis, swimming etc., can place strain on the body and result in serious conditions over time. Sports medicine helps to reduce wear and strain and it reduces your risk of developing conditions (such as tennis elbow, for example) over the long term.
At Health in Motion, Dr Baba is qualified in upper extremity orthopaedics as well as sports medicine and has acquired his Sports Medicine Master’s qualification at the University of Cape Town, after noticing a need for such specialised healthcare services and taking an interest in the field.
He has assisted all kinds of patients, from amateur athletes and kids/ teens involved in school sports to well-known professionals, including the likes of Sharks rugby player, Keegan Daniel. Take a look at what Daniel had to say about his treatment:
“I really wanted to thank all those involved on the day that I broke my arm. From start to finish, my experience was incredible… Upon meeting Dr Baba, my thoughts were ‘What a great guy!’ He explained everything to me, such as what was going to happen, and always kept my wife in the loop (he even took her cell phone number so that he could contact her straight after surgery). He was exceptional…”
If you are involved in sports or are pursuing a sports career and want to ensure you stay at the top of your game, then get in touch with Dr Sachin Baba or make a booking at the Health in Motion practice, to see how he can help you.