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What does a Team Doctor do?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Team Physician is defined as having “the leadership role in the organization, management and provision of care of athletes in individual, team and mass participation sporting events.”[1]

What does it take to be a sports medicine doctor?

Most sports medicine doctors complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. These programs both involve four years of academic coursework in biology, biochemistry, anatomy, pathology, psychology, physiology, medical ethics and pharmacology.[2]

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How long does it take to become a sports medicine doctor?

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.): 4 year bachelor’s degree + 4 year medical school + 3-5 years of residency. So, depending on what you want to do, it can range from 2 more years of education (after high school) to 13 more years of education (after high school).[3]
How much do team doctors make?
What is the average annual salary for Physician – Sports Medicine? How much does a Physician – Sports Medicine make? The median annual Physician – Sports Medicine salary is $217,524, as of March 31, 2017, with a range usually between $185,676-$276,695, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.
What are the duties and responsibilities of a physician?
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They often counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.

Cited Sources:

  1. http://www.sportsmedsouth.com/team-physician/
  2. http://www.innerbody.com/careers-in-health/how-to-become-a-sports-doctor.html
  3. https://www.careervillage.org/questions/248/how-much-education-is-needed-for-a-career-in-sports-medicine
  4. www1.salary.com/sports-medicine-physician-salary.html
  5. https://www.truity.com/career-profile/physician-or-surgeon
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