This specialty is aimed at both amateur athletes who need follow-ups and advice to start a sporting activity, as well as at experienced athletes who wish to optimise their mechanical, physiological, and metabolic performance, prevent injuries, or treat injuries for a rapid recovery.

It is also possible to carry out sports fitness examinations focusing on cardiovascular risks and musculo-articular structures.

Finally, the sports physician guides patients who wish to use physical activity to prevent or treat a chronic disease (diabetes, hypertension, depression, obesity, osteoarthritis, etc.). Personalised exercises, adapted to the patient’s tastes and schedule, can be prescribed in this case.

When to consult a sports doctor?

  • Starting a sporting activity

  • Optimisation of mechanical, physiological, and metabolic performance

  • Prevention and treatment of injuries

  • Fitness examination for sport

  • Support for chronic illness through sport

  • Medical preparation for competition

Course of the visit

INFORMATION: The general practitioner interviews the patient to find out the reason for the consultation, allergies, personal, medical, and family history, professional and daily activities and sports, and lifestyle.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Blood pressure, auscultation with a stethoscope, palpation of the abdomen, ENT check, and possibly temperature check. In addition to this, they check that there are no contraindications to physical activity (asthma, cardiovascular disease, past musculoskeletal injuries, etc.)

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: The doctor shares their diagnosis with the patient. They can prescribe a treatment, additional examinations (X-rays, analyses), draw up a certificate of fitness for sport, or draw up a plan to return to sport. He can also refer the patient to a specialist colleague, dietician, osteopath, or physiotherapist. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled.

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