Sports Medicine

While engaging in exercise or sports can keep your body healthy, you may be at risk of an injury if you misstep or push yourself beyond your strength. Our sports medicine doctors at Brookwood Baptist Health (BBH) Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics can help you get back to your routine if you injure yourself during workouts or sports.

Get Moving With Sports Medicine

Whether you’re an athlete or a physically active person, you may benefit from our sports medicine services in Birmingham, AL. Find relief and improvement with our services designed for athletes and non-athletes. We have a team of physicians, nurses and sports medicine doctors to help improve your joint strength and mobility and treat your injury. We will recommend nonsurgical options first for sports injuries. If you need surgery, our sports medicine surgeons may use advanced techniques to help you recover faster with minimal scarring.

What Is Sports Medicine?

Orthopedic sports medicine focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation due to injuries or conditions developed from participating in physical activities at all levels, whether recreational exercise or competitive sports. It promotes practical and safe exercises to help individuals achieve their fitness goals. Medicare and the American Board of Medical Subspecialties recognize sports medicine as a subspecialty.

What Do Sports Medicine Doctors Do?

Sports medicine doctors in Birmingham, AL have specialized training in diagnosing, preventing and treating sports injuries. They are certified in emergency medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, rehabilitation and family medicine. These doctors may be able to help you minimize time away from work, school or sports due to injury.

A sports medicine physician has obtained up to two years of additional training in sports medicine via a Sports Medicine Fellowship or subspecialty programs. They evolve and improve their skills by renewing their certification every 10 years and enrolling in continuing medical education. While some sports physicians specialize in non-operative options, sports medicine orthopedics focus on surgical procedures for sports injuries. You may find a sports medicine doctor working exclusively with sports teams or athletes, while others cater to all types of patients at hospitals.

What Are the Top 10 Sports Injuries?

Most sports injuries may involve one or more musculoskeletal injuries. Here are the top 10 sports-related injuries in no particular order:

  • Achilles tendinitis – the Achilles tendon hurts and inflames due to overuse. This condition can be acute or chronic and is most common among runners and athletes who do a lot of jumping or running in their chosen sports
  • Concussion – a head injury resulting from a serious blow to the head
  • Groin pull – tendon or muscle tear or overstretch in the groin area
  • Shin splints – pain along the shinbone’s inner edge
  • Patellofemoral syndrome – a knee injury due to repetitive thigh bone and kneecap movement, resulting in pain around the kneecap
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – knee injury that happens when there is a sudden change in direction
  • Rotator cuff injury – damage in one of the rotator cuff’s four muscles, which keeps your arm in your shoulder socket and allows you to rotate and lift your arm while keeping your shoulder stable
  • Hamstring strain – happens when the muscle on the back of the thigh is overstretched
  • Tennis or golf elbow – inflammation of the forearm due to repetitive movement, usually seen in athletes mostly performing gripping activities
  • Sciatica – a condition caused by pain affecting the sciatic nerve, causing tingling or numbness in the lower back that may radiate down the leg

What Are the Causes of Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries can happen before, during or after physical activity. There are two types of sports injury causes:

  • Acute injury – happens when a joint, bone or muscle receives an impact more significant than it can tolerate
  • Chronic injury – also known as an overuse sports injury, chronic sports injury occurs from making a specific physical motion repeatedly

People at risk for a sports injury are those who:

  • Engage in contact sports
  • Are overweight
  • Do not perform warmups and/or cooldown exercises
  • Do not practice proper exercise techniques
  • Do not wear shoes appropriate for exercise or sports
  • Are not using the right equipment
  • Suddenly increase the intensity of their physical activity
  • Have anatomical features not ideal for a particular activity
  • Are taking medications associated with tendinitis and tendon rupture

Sports Injury Treatment Options

As soon as you get mild injuries like strains and sprains, do the PRICE method, which stands for:

  • Protection – protect the injured area by providing support to it
  • Rest – avoid intense activities until your injury heals
  • Ice – apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours
  • Compression – Control swelling by using elastic compression bandages
  • Elevation – keep your injured limb's level above your heart or higher

Contact a sports injury doctor if your injury does not improve after doing the PRICE method.

Your Greatest Comeback

If you’re a golfer, tennis player or anything in between, let BBH Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics guide your journey back to health. Our team has been caring for athletes and their families in Birmingham, AL. With locations from Jasper to Talladega, Fultondale to Alabaster and throughout the Birmingham metro, our team will work with you on a personalized treatment plan to get you back to health.

Find a Sports Physician

Our Sports Medicine Program has been designed to help you get active again. Book an appointment with one of our sports medicine doctors to get a second opinion on your condition or a good first one.


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