Why is sports medicine important?
Sports medicine encompasses the relationships between the functions of the human organism and its performance in the various sports disciplines, as well as the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and damage.
The number of people who train competitively or even play competitive sports is increasing every day. As a direct conclusion from these facts, the importance and position of sports medicine in society will continue to increase.
Physical health is an important prerequisite for practicing sports. Due to the current "fitness boom," people are coming to sports who have not been physically active for a long time.
Before taking up a sporting activity, it makes sense to have a thorough medical examination to determine the current state of health and fitness for sport and, depending on this, to be able to make a recommendation for a particular type of sport or training program.
"Great sport begins where it has long since ceased to be healthy." (Bertolt Brecht)
The risks and prevention of wrong physical activity is as crucial and essential for health then the benefits of exercises themselves are:
You can get hurt playing sports.
You can put your muscles and tendons, your joints and intervertebral discs through too much.
You can overstrain your cardiovascular system.
Women can get hormonal problems from sports.
Because this is the case, athletes and others need medical professionals who understand their problems and don't advise them to simply stop doing sports every time a disorder occurs. Conversely, no athlete wants to rely on unfounded optimism ("It'll work out").
Sports medicine, then, is the art of helping people test the limits of athletic ambition and giving them medically sound advice.
Sports medicine and the importance of sports
In a society characterized by prolonged sitting, little exercise and excessive caloric intake, sport is an important remedy for many so-called "diseases of civilization". Whether high blood pressure, heart disease, back pain or depression - there is hardly a disease for which dosed exercise is not beneficial.
Sports medicine motivates and guides patients to health sports.
But what's especially important is that, in the case of complaints that arise during the unaccustomed exercise at the beginning, sports medicine can treat symptoms, correct training errors, and point out underlying problems.
Sports medicine and its diverse areas of application
Sports medicine is an independent branch of medicine and has become increasingly important over the years. As in other specialties, the physician must have a high level of theoretical expertise, but also very specific practical skills if he or she wishes to use the professional title of sports physician.
It is important to know that sports medicine is a comprehensive and high-quality advanced training for already certified physicians. Only after successful completion is permission granted by the medical association for the physician to state this additional qualification.
As is the case with numerous other groups of physicians, the sports physician's area of responsibility can relate to the fields of prevention, therapy and rehabilitation. Prevention is the prevention of illness or injury that may be related to sports or even an unhealthy lifestyle. For example, a sports physician can work with the trainers of a professional club to develop a targeted strengthening program that avoids muscular imbalances and thus an increased risk of injury as far as possible. Sports medicine tests also make it possible to identify existing or impending health problems at an early.
In the area of therapy, the first goal is to adequately treat acute sports injuries or chronic overloads in professional, amateur or occasional athletes and to restore the original performance capacity as well as possible. Rapid and complete regeneration is the optimal goal.
In the rehabilitation field, the aim is to help a patient regain the ability to work with the help of sports medicine and, not infrequently, to provide him or her with valuable strategies for a healthy sporting lifestyle, which is so important for self-help.
Even though sports physicians are often associated with top-level sports or even with doping or its uncovering through media reporting, the focus is nevertheless on promoting less or even previously unathletic people with targeted exercise. This is not just about a training and exercise program tailored to the individual patient, for example to lower dangerously high blood pressure or to carefully reduce excess weight to relieve stressed joints. It is also about making people aware of the negative consequences of a lack of exercise and providing them with sporting resources that, often in combination with a healthy diet, can significantly improve their training and health status. Quite often, for example in the case of high blood pressure or metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, regular sporting activity can also lead to savings on medication.
Sports medicine at the Wiener Privatklinik
In our hospital there is a simple rule: our goal is to be there for him and take care of him the moment the patient enters our hospital, in every respect with the highest quality of service.
Sports medicine is an important part of our medical offer at the Wiener Privatklinik, one of the largest private clinics in Austria. In addition, in our Online Healthcare Center we offer you the opportunity to book your session directly online with one of the world's top sports physicians.