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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Sports Medicine

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Injured Hamstring
Question: I injured my hamstring while running two weeks ago. I still have some tenderness and it cramps up sometimes. What should I do to help heal it and should I stretch or exercise on it?

Answer: Hamstrings take a long time to heal. They need about six weeks of rest with local heat and use of drugs like Advil or Aleve. When there is no pain for about two weeks a gentle stretching regimen can be started, but do not start too early or too aggressive or you will be back where you started.

Sports Medicine Physician
Question: What is your job title? What kind of training is necessary for your career?(years of schooling, licensing, degrees) How did you get interested in this kind of work? What do you do in a typical work day? What do you like best about your job? What do you like least about you job? Which classes did you take in high school which are related to are related to your career today? What is the salary range for your kind of job? What should I be doing in high school to prepare myself for this career? Should I be taking certain classes, participating in certain activities, working or volunteering somewhere? Do you foresee opportunities for young people to enter your career in the near future?

Answer: I am not a sports physician. I would refer you to UC Davis Dept of Orthopedic Surgery for better information. In general, most sports physicians are orthopedic surgeons. A few are Internists or Family Practice Physicians who have decided to focus on sports medicine. To prepare for this, focus on medical school. Take challenging courses and focus on math and science.

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