SPORTS MEDICINE SPE­CIAL­IST Heal­ing game

THE LOW­DOWN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

CLOCK­WORK An av­er­age day of a sports medicine spe­cial­ist: 5am: Go to the park and jog 8.30am: Reach clinic 9am: Check mails; do econ­sul­ta­tion 11am: Treat a player with back and shoul­der pain 1.30pm: Lunch 4pm: Treat pa­tients Sports medicine is a field of med­i­cal sci­ence that pro­vides health care for phys­i­cally ac­tive peo­ple, es­pe­cially sports per­sons. A prac­ti­tioner has to take up a num­ber of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, some of them be­ing se­lec­tion of sport­ing tal­ent, eval­u­at­ing and en­hanc­ing hu­man per­for­mance, treat­ing sports in­juries, etc. It draws on the knowl­edge of many spe­cial­ists, in­clud­ing physi­cians, ath­letic train­ers, phys­i­ol­o­gists and phys­i­cal educators. Th­ese ex­perts aid in de­ter­min­ing the kind of train­ing needed to help ath­letes per­form to their high­est ca­pa­bil­i­ties with­out in­jury. A sports medicine prac­ti­tioner/doc­tor can find em­ploy­ment in Sports Author­ity of In­dia, sports fed­er­a­tions, spon­sor­ing teams, and Cen­tral government agen­cies tak­ing a keen in­ter­est in sport. “A ca­reer in sports medicine is re­ward­ing both in terms of emol­u­ments and job sat­is­fac­tion,” says Farasat Hu­sain, chief con­sul­tant or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon, Life Line Nurs­ing Home

8pm: Call it a day

THE PAY­OFF En­try level: Around R40,000 per month Mid­dle level: R75,000 to R1 lakh per month Se­nior level: R2 lakh to R3 lakh per month. In the pub­lic sec­tor, a sports medicine doc­tor’s pay scale is at par with other Cen­tral Government Health

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