I’m an Athlete: How Can Sports Medicine Benefit Me?

I’m an Athlete: How Can Sports Medicine Benefit Me?

You put a lot of demands on your body, especially when engaging in athletic activities. But there’s only so much it can take. And, unfortunately, injuries can occur more easily than you might expect. But there’s good news. 

Expert care with a sports medicine specialist puts you on the road to recovery fast, so you can get back in the game, pain-free.

Dr. Jared Tadje at Tadje Orthopaedics completed his residency with Big Ten athletes in basketball, football, and hockey. This advanced training gives him unique skills in sports medicine in addition to his expertise in orthopedic surgery.

If you’re an athlete, here’s how you can benefit from sports medicine.

Sports medicine for injury prevention 

Injuries may seem one and the same. After all, a sprain is a sprain, right? In reality, injuries associated with physical activity, like sports or exercise, benefit from specialty care: sports medicine.

Providers with training in sports medicine have specialized expertise in diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries that occur from exercise and sports. Sports medicine also has a specific goal — keeping active people in peak condition and injury-free.

In an ideal world, physically active people would work with a sports medicine specialist before an injury occurs. In fact, research shows there are ways to exercise and train optimally. 


So, a preventive sports medicine approach ensures you have the tools you need to practice good nutrition and proper training to keep your body strong. It also offers guidance on ideal body mechanics and gear to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your system.

Sports medicine for injury detection

Unfortunately, most physically active people end up with a sports medicine expert after an injury develops, either from overtraining or a traumatic event. These injuries can also be acute or chronic problems, leaving a person sidelined for weeks or even months.

Types of sports-related injuries include:

Whether you have an injury due to a traumatic event or one that develops from repetitive use or strain, Dr. Tadje can help. His sports medicine training helps him identify the extent of your injury and develop a strategy to help you heal and avoid ongoing problems moving forward.

Sports medicine for optimal recovery 

Dr. Tadje’s decades of experience in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery means you can find the latest treatment protocols available to diagnose and treat your injury. Some, like orthobiologics, even support and accelerate the healing process. 

After assessing your injury and how it occurred, Dr. Tadje discusses your specific needs and training goals. Based on this information, he can outline a customized rehabilitation strategy to support your recovery and restore strength for future activity.

Common treatments for sports-related injuries often include:

Dr. Tadje can also repair more significant injuries with surgery and uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. These advanced methods come with fewer risks, less pain, and faster recovery times.

Most importantly, Dr. Tadje knows how hard it is for an injury to slow down a physically active individual. With his expertise, you can rest easy knowing that you have the care you need to heal completely and avoid reinjury in the future.

Are you physically active? An athlete? Dealing with a sports-related injury? See the benefits of sports medicine for yourself by scheduling a consultation at Tadje Orthopaedics in Meridian, Idaho, today.

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