In spite of the popular press suggesting that your sports physician be board certified in sports medicine, there are no organizations that currently render a board certified status to any physician or podiatric physician. Fellowship status may be achieved however by qualification and testing by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
A Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine may also be granted if one meets multiple criteria and successfully passes a certifying examination. This exam is given and the certification granted through a joint verture by the following boards:
American Board of Family Practice American Board of Pediatrics American Board of Internal Medicine American Board of Emergency Medicine
This exam was first given in 1993. At the initial examination 367 physicians passed and 200 were unsuccessful. It was again given in 1995 and will be given every two years. This certificate may only be given to board certified members of the above boards. Neither Orthopedists nor Podiatrists may receive this certificate. It is not a separate Sports Medicine Board, but does indicate "added qualification" and interest in Sports Medicine.
Other medical organizations of sports medicine include the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.
Organizations that may help you find a capable sports medicine practitioner are listed below.
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