Sports Medicine physicians have specialized training and skills that position them to be caregivers for active patients of all ages. They have an interest in the promotion of lifelong wellness and fitness, as well as in prevention, diagnosis and management of illness and injury. Many have completed further professional training, in the form of a Sport Medicine Fellowship and/or an additional university degree (Master’s or PhD level) in a related discipline such as sport medicine, exercise science etc.
The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) has developed a standardized and specific certification examination – the CASEM Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine. This is an objectively judged examination to assess competency to practice Sport Medicine. Within Canada this is a necessary credential to call oneself a Sport Medicine physician. CASEM has also developed a curriculum, outlining the knowledge base that such a physician should have.