About Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine focuses on restoring and preserving the musculoskeletal function and overall health of patients affected by athletic activity and/or injury. With extensive specialized training in the treatment and prevention of illness and injury, a Sports Medicine Specialist helps patients to enhance function and reduce disability and time away from daily activities such as sports, work, or school.
Although Sports Medicine Specialists are highly skilled and trained in musculoskeletal medicine, they differ from Orthopaedic Surgeons by specializing in the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Since nearly 90% of all sports injuries do not require surgery, Sports Medicine Specialists can focus their efforts on non-operative techniques and guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies. If a particular case requires surgical treatment, a Sports Medicine Specialist can expedite referrals to an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
In addition to treating musculoskeletal problems such as acute injuries (e.g. ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries and fractures) and overuse injuries (e.g. rotator cuff and other forms of tendonitis, stress fractures), Sports Medicine Specialists also have training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine, including:
- Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) and other head injuries. Please click here for more information about concussions in school sports. You can also obtain the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool – 3rd Edition by clicking here
- Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids, and performance issues
- Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
- Injury prevention
- “Return to play” decisions in the sick or injured athlete
- Recommendations on safe strength training and conditioning exercises
- Healthy lifestyle promotion
Making an Appointment
Appointments in our Sports Medicine Clinic are available on Monday and Wednesday. To make an appointment, please call 505.994.7397.
For your appointment: Please remember to bring relevant medical records, copies of recent medical imaging related to your visit, and a current list of all medications. If you have a running injury, please bring your shoes or a video of you running outdoors.
If you are receiving a sports physical, you can download and fill out the New Mexico Activities Association recommended physical form before your appointment.