What are the Advantages of Seeing a Sports Medicine Physician?

Thanks in large part to the Kansas City Royals, the spirit of competitive sports is alive and well right now. Whether it’s pro sports, college sports or high school state championships, all athletes are at risk for sustaining sports injuries, and for some, the most difficult part can be choosing a physician to treat the injury. That’s why it’s important to know the benefits of seeing a sports medicine physician.

The main objective of sports medicine is to restore a patient’s functioning to the highest level possible. As a former sports medicine physician for the Kansas City Royals, I have first-hand experience treating elite athletes, but my sports medicine practice is not limited to professional athletes – I also treat recreational athletes. In the following video, I discuss my experience, the benefits of receiving treatment from a sports injury specialist, and recent advancements in sports medicine:

Patients with sports-related injuries may also find the following information useful:

About the Author: Steven T. Joyce, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine injuries and conditions of the shoulder and knee.


The medical information contained in the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics website is provided to increase your knowledge and understanding of orthopedic conditions. This information should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific medical or surgical treatment plan. As each patient may have specific symptoms or associated problems, the treatment regimen for a specific patient may not be the proper treatment for another.

Gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular problem or condition is the first step in any medical treatment plan. I believe the information presented on our website will be helpful for those individuals experiencing leg and knee problems, sports-related injuries or other orthopedic conditions. However, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your family physician. You are encouraged to consult with your physician to discuss any course of treatment presented or suggested.