What is a Sports and Exercise Physician?

Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) are doctors with specialist training in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses to maximize function and minimize disability and time away from your sport, work, or school. After graduating from medical school, a minimum of a further 7 years is required along with various examination and research requirements to gain an ACSEP fellowship.

What is the difference between a sports physician and an orthopaedic surgeon?

Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine, but ACSEP fellows specialize in the non-operative treatment of these conditions while surgeons specialize in the performance of the operation. However, approximately 90% of musculoskeletal injuries are non-surgical, and the ACSEP fellow can help maximize and tailor non-operative treatment, guide appropriate rehab programs and therapies, and when necessary expedite referral to our surgical colleagues. In addition, extensive training is also undertaken in broader disciplines such as:

  • Concussion and other head injuries
  • Diagnostic and interventional use of ultrasound to guide treatment
  • Athletes with acute or chronic illness (including diabetes, asthma)
  • Nutrition, supplements, and performance optimization
  • Exercise prescription for those wanting to increase their fitness and focus on preventative health
  • Injury prevention
  • “Return to play” decisions
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion

ACSEP fellows often act as the primary contact for elite sports teams and athletes

  • Assessing and diagnosing injuries or illness
  • Close integration with the team and understanding demands of training and the game
  • Devising and coordinating a comprehensive management program
  • Understanding the intricacies of drug testing in elite settings, and the unique physiological demands on high demand athletes
  • Ensuring your injury is corrected, but also to help ensure once you return to your sport that you stay playing your sport – prevention programs are integral to our practice

ACSEP fellows also have extensive competency in "exercise is medicine"

  • Management of the ‘lifestyle’ diseases in our community, such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, and heart disease and integration of our “exercise is medicine” approach
  • Non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries such as Achilles tendonopathy, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and osteoarthritis
  • Dive and altitude medicine
  • Medical screenings and health assessments, including on-site ECG’s and spirometry
  • Travel medicine and vaccinations

We look forward to working closely with you soon to get you back on track.

No, our specialists are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or worker who has experienced an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return you as quickly as possible to full function.

No. As some of our specialists also have a second qualification as a general practitioner (FRACGP), a referral is not needed to see us. So unlike other specialist physicians or surgeons you can see us directly.

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Facebook — October 18, 2017

The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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Facebook — October 18, 2017

The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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Facebook — October 17, 2017

What is a Sports & Exercise Physician?They are doctors with specialist training in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses to maximize function and minimize disability and time away from your sport, work, or school. After graduating from medical school, a minimum of a further 7 years is required along with various examination and research requirements to gain an ACSEP fellowship.Did you know SPARC has 2 out of 4 Sports & Exercise Physicians currently working in South Australia?Find out more about Dr Geoffrey Verrall and Dr Duncan Walker on our website!#SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #Sports #ExerciseIsMedicinehttps://www.sparc.com.au/how-we-can-help/sports-physicians

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Instagram — October 16, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS Dr Duncan Walker for passing his final Sports & Exercise Physician exam on the weekend! This means that Dr Walker has gone through med school to be a GP and then went on further to complete his 7 years of Sports and Exercise Physicians training and is ONE of FOUR in South Australia!Keep and eye out for our next post which explains what a Sports & Exercise Physician is (the difference between them and a Sports Doctor and a Surgeon) and what they can do you help you! #SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #CleverCookie #HardYards

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