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Information about UKADIS

UKADIS formed early in 2001 as a group of doctors involved in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) who wished to communicate regularly by email to exchange ideas and experience.

It became clear that many doctors heavily committed and actively involved in the field of SEM felt unhappy about their representation as SEM progressed towards confirmed specialty status and unsupported with regard to the development of their own careers in the interim.

In particular no 'doctors only' SEM group existed despite the existence of discipline-specific groups in physiotherapy, sports science and osteopathy. UKADIS developed in response to this, initially informally but, after a meeting in April 2001, formally as a membership group with the intention of forming an elected board who could represent the voice of doctors in SEM in a broad range of areas.

The most important mandate of UKADIS is to truly represent its membership and increase the momentum behind establishing SEM as a bona fide career choice for doctors, with agreed high standards of practice and education, good professional support, and mutual respect and communication between allied professions.

Establishment of a SEM fellowship exam to confer specialty status on those who achieve a given standard within the field is also one of our great priorities. Doctors at all levels and in all specialties are welcome as members of UKADIS. A passion and interest in the development of SEM is the only entry requirement.

What is a sports physician?

Sports Physicians look after the countries Athletes. From Premier League Football players to Olympic Athletes, Sports Physicians manage the multidisciplinary team responsible for athletes, including Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Coaches. The Sports Physician is there to manage the Athlete all the way from the initial injury to a safe return to sport and competition.

Sports Physicians are very experienced; many have already completed training in General Practice, Accident and Emergency, Rheumatology or Paediatrics. After this initial training they undergo further specialised training in Sports Medicine, obtaining Masters degrees or Diplomas. Most Sports Physicians however, continue to update their training by attending regular recognised courses and conferences. Some take up Fellowships in Sports Medicine in the USA and Australia.

UKADIS will run regular courses for all Sports Physicians, ensuring they are kept up to date with all the latest developments relating to this speciality.

What is the difference between Orthopaedic Surgeons and Sports Physicians?

The main difference is that Sports Physicians specialise in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injury. Orthopaedic Surgeons are trained in the operative treatment of musculoskeletal injury. By far the greatest proportion of musculoskeletal injuries, about 95%, can be treated non-operatively. If an operation should be needed a Sports Physician will make an immediate referral to a surgeon. Sports Physicians, working closely with other practitioners, may suggest rehabilitation with physiotherapists or assessment by podiatrists. More importantly they guide patients through their treatment plan and monitor their progress, ensuring they have received the appropriate care and are fully recovered before they return to sport or work.They have experience and knowledge of effective drugs and their proper use in accordance with the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency Common treatment drugs must be administered in guidance of sporting bodies regulations.

Examples of conditions managed by Sports Physicians on a daily basis:

  • Ankle sprains, knee sprains, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
  • Back and neck pain resulting from work or sport.
  • Runner's injuries e.g. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, heel pain and foot pain.
  • Painful hips and groin injuries.
  • Athletes with medical problems such as Asthma or Diabetes.

A sports Physician will also provide advice to people on diet and nutritional supplements for sport, which may help performance.

An exercise prescription may be provided to patients wanting to improve their health and increase their fitness.

Mission statement . To provide a forum for; professional communication, education, promotion of high standards and development of a career structure for all doctors involved in sport, and 'sport and exercise medicine (SEM)'"

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