A Brief Overview of Sports Medicine by Dr. Richard Reut

September 12, 2011

After completing my family practice residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, I decided to combine my lifelong interest in physical activity with my training as an osteopathic physician by embarking on a sports medicine fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. As a fellow at the present-day Rush University Medical Center, currently home to the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls, I established a solid foundation in musculoskeletal issues that has served me well for 20 years.


Recognized by certifying bodies in both osteopathic and allopathic medicine, sports medicine can also refer to any therapeutic modality that addresses sports- and exercise-related injuries and illnesses. Clinical practitioners include orthopedic surgeons and primary care physicians, like myself, but the wide-ranging field encompasses allied health professionals and scientific researchers, as well. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization, currently counts among its members more than 20,000 clinicians, specialists, and fitness instructors. According to its estimates, the organization has certified more than 45,000 health and fitness professionals over the last 5 decades.


The qualified primary care sports medicine physician possesses the skills and knowledge to manage the nonsurgical treatment of athletes and active individuals. Along with providing necessary medical care in the case of injury, whether at the athletic arena or at any point after the event, the discipline of sports medicine includes pre-participation assessments, rehabilitation protocols, and comprehensive prevention programs. I have had the opportunity to work in nearly every aspect of primary care sports medicine since 1991, and I look forward to continuing my practice in the years to come.


About the author: A member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Richard Reut holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to his current appointment as staff physician at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Dr. Reut has served as team physician and medical consultant for several Twin Cities-area high schools, DePaul University, Loyola University, and the United States Soccer Team.


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