According to the American Academy of Physical medicine and rehabilitation PM & R physicians are medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R), and focuses on Brain Injury Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine etc. Sports medicine physicians on the other hand are medical doctors who have specialized in Sports and Exercise Medicine with MCI recognized qualification, namely MD Sports Medicine or PG Diploma in Sports Medicine.
Sports Medicine Physicians have also received additional training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports and exercise medicine. Some of these include:
Most Sports Medicine physicians also serve as Team Physicians for local and/or national teams and clubs. These physicians work with the players with the following responsibilities: