Injury Evaluations

staff evaluating a student for injury

Appointments with sports medicine physicians and/or athletic trainers are available during Health Service hours.  We see a wide range of musculoskeletal, orthopedic, sport, and head/concussion injuries.  Evaluations include a full history and physical exam along with home exercises, referrals, and/or orthopedic devices as needed. 

Sports Medicine FAQs

What is a sports medicine physician?

At the Health Service our sports medicine physicians hold a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in sports medicine. This means they completed a 1-2 year sports medicine fellowship program. During fellowship training a great deal of time is spent learning more about sports injuries. Time is spent in orthopedic surgeons' offices and observing in orthopedic surgery. Primary care doctors won't become surgeons, but it's helpful that they learn first-hand about the various surgeries that some of their patients may need. Another important aspect of sports medicine fellowships involves being a team doctor for a local high school and/or college, gaining experience in the athletic training room as well as on the field.

Since sports medicine is more than just orthopedics, the primary care sports medicine fellowship includes continued training in the doctor's original specialty, be it family medicine, pediatrics, etc. This way, they don't lose touch with their baseline training. Such doctors become very good at musculoskeletal/orthopedic injuries and concussions, but are also well trained in more traditional medical problems, such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc. They make excellent overall doctors for active people or athletic teams.

Can my regular doctor treat my sports injury?

Yes, and many of them do. However, the extra training that a sports medicine fellowship provides makes a primary care sports medicine doctor an ideal choice for many active people.

Do I need a referral to see a sports medicine physician at the Health Service?

No. You can make your initial appointment with a sports medicine physician.

When should I see a sports medicine physician?

  • You should see a sports medicine physician for a concussion or any musculoskeletal injury.
  • If you are unable to perform daily life activities or participate in physical activity due to pain.
  • Injuries can be from sport or other life activities or accidents.