Sports Medicine Physicians
SOC: 29-1069.11


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Associate Team Physician
  • Athletic Team Physician
  • Co-Director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician
  • Director of Athletic Medicine, Head Team Physician
  • Director of Sports Medicine
  • Director of Sports Medicine, Partner, Orthopedic and Spine Specialists
  • Family Medicine/Sports Medicine Specialist/Team Physician
  • Head Orthopedic Team Physician
  • Medical Director
  • Medical Director/Head Team Physician
  • Medical Doctor/Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • Nonsurgical Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Director of Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Consultant
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Physician
  • Physician, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • Physician, Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Sports Doctor
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Sports Physician
  • Team Physician
  • Team Primary Care Physician

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Select and prepare medical equipment or medications to be taken to athletic competition sites.
  • Provide coaches and therapists with assistance in selecting and fitting protective equipment.
  • Advise against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.
  • Observe and evaluate athletes' mental well-being.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.
  • Develop and prescribe exercise programs such as off-season conditioning regimens.
  • Advise athletes on how substances, such as herbal remedies, could affect drug testing results.
  • Conduct research in the prevention or treatment of injuries or medical conditions related to sports and exercise.
  • Advise athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.
  • Attend games and competitions to provide evaluation and treatment of activity-related injuries or medical conditions.
  • Record athletes' medical histories and perform physical examinations.
  • Supervise the rehabilitation of injured athletes.
  • Refer athletes for specialized consultation, physical therapy, or diagnostic testing.
  • Record athletes' medical care information and maintain medical records.
  • Inform coaches, trainers, or other interested parties regarding the medical conditions of athletes.
  • Provide education and counseling on illness and injury prevention.
  • Prescribe orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive equipment.
  • Prescribe medications for the treatment of athletic-related injuries.
  • Order and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Inform athletes about nutrition, hydration, dietary supplements, or uses and possible consequences of medication.
  • Evaluate and manage chronic pain conditions.
  • Examine and evaluate athletes prior to participation in sports activities to determine level of physical fitness or predisposition to injuries.
  • Develop and test procedures for dealing with emergencies during practices or competitions.
  • Coordinate sports care activities with other experts including specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, or coaches.
  • Advise coaches, trainers, or physical therapists on the proper use of exercises and other therapeutic techniques and alert them to potentially dangerous practices.
  • Examine, evaluate and treat athletes who have been injured or who have medical problems such as exercise-induced asthma.
  • Diagnose or treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable crutches
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Body fat analyzers
  • Bone densitometers
  • Cast boots
  • Cold therapy equipment
  • Custom orthotics
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic ultrasound scanners
  • Digital spirometers
  • Digital x ray machines
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Exercise bikes
  • Fitness balls
  • Goniometers
  • Hand dynamometers
  • Heat therapy equipment
  • Inclinometers
  • Iontophoresis equipment
  • Knee braces
  • Laptop computers
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Motion capture systems
  • Multipurpose electrotherapy units
  • Muscle stimulators
  • Neurological hammers
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Peak flow meters
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Resistance bands
  • Sonic therapy units
  • Stair climbers
  • Tablet computers
  • Therapeutic diathermy machines
  • Therapeutic parallel bars
  • Therapeutic treadmills
  • Therapeutic weight sets
  • Walking canes
  • Whirlpool tubs
  • 3D motion analysis software
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Meditab IMS Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • OmniMD Sports Medicine EHR
  • PracticeSuite Complete Suite
  • Presagia Sports
  • simplifyMD software
  • SpartaTrac
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • Web browser software
  • WRSHealth EMR

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800