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What does it take to become a Sports Medicine Doctor?

What does it take to become a Sports Medicine Doctor? Also, what is a good major in college to study for this career?

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John’s Answer

Demi as a aspiring sports medicine doctor, I think earning a science-oriented bachelor’s degree should be a given. Taking undergraduate classes in biology and chemistry can be highly beneficial. Most medical schools require applicants to take specific undergraduate science courses. After earning your bachelor’s degree, aspiring sports medicine physicians should further extend their knowledge by getting a medical degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The osteopathic program focuses on the musculoskeletal system more than the general medical doctor program.

Demi the first step to choosing a career is to make sure you are actually willing to commit to pursuing this career. You don’t want to waste your time doing something you don’t want to do. Medical school takes an average of four years to complete, which is followed by an internship and residency, which can take an additional two to four years. Beyond this, an aspiring sports physician must complete the requirements to become board certified. About ten to fourteen years in total are needed in order for someone to complete their educational requirements as a Sports Medical Doctor.

Hope this was helpful Demi
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Melissa’s Answer

I have just joined here, but your question spoke volumes to me… (2nd question after scrolling) If I could rewind time I would (with my crystal ball - 🤦🏽‍♀️) go to Med school and become a DO with a focus in sports medicine! There are so few DO’s that do this. There is a component that is so extremely valuable to all of us as humans- Osteopathic manual manipulation- a true niche and a gift - If, as a PA I would have been given the opportunity to know more about this specialty of medicine I feel it could have made such a difference for so many of my patients..,.
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Nathaniel’s Answer

First of all I am a chiropractor, not a Sports Medicine physician. You would need to complete your undergraduate, preferably with a science degree. you will then go through medical school and your residency will be in sports for 2 years. As an undergrad, taking some exercise physiology classes would be beneficial. Functional movement assessment will prove helpful as well
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