Sports Medicine

What is Sports Medicine?



About Dr. Sydney Pardino

Dr. Sydney Pardino is the Director of Sports Medicine at the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences at Desert Regional Medical Center.

He specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of sports injuries. Arthroscopic surgery, shoulder replacement surgery, hip arthroscopic surgery, and ligament surgery are just some of the things he does for injured athletes of all kinds. He also treats pediatric sports injuries, and volunteers with youth sports organizations.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of orthopedics that deals specifically with injuries relating to or resulting from sports, exercise, and other active endeavors. Sports medicine also works with athletes to prevent these injuries. Most sports teams have a sports medicine doctor employed to treat their players. Some teams even have main and assistant sports medicine doctors. While sports medicine is common now, it is a relatively new branch of the medical field, having only been recognized as its own specialty since the late 20th century. Before that, it was grouped in with orthopedics.

Sports medicine doctors go through medical school, just like any other doctor, and complete a residency training. Then, they do specialist training in sports medicine to become qualified as sports medicine doctors. Some doctors use sports medicine as their main specialty, while others use it as a sub-specialty.

Sport and exercise medicine doctors are specialist physicians who have completed medical school, appropriate residency training and then specialize further in sports medicine or ‘sports and exercise medicine’ (the preferred term). Specialization in sports medicine may be a doctor’s first specialty (as in Australia, Netherlands, Norway). It may also be a sub-specialty or second specialisation following a specialisation such as physiatry or orthopedic surgery. The various approaches reflect the medical culture in different countries.

Specialising in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals, sports and exercise medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine. SEM doctors treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes. SEM doctors also advise on managing and preventing injuries.

While the majority of a sports medicine doctor’s work is spent treating musculoskeletal injuries, they also work with the whole body to optimize it for sports performance. Those who engage in sporting activities or regular intense exercise have a lot of conditions they can potentially encounter. Sports medicine doctors deal with these conditions, diagnosing and treating them. Therefore, they work in the areas of diabetes, cardiology, autoimmune disorders, asthma (especially the exercise-induced kind), and abnormal physiology.

Any problems an athlete or exerciser encounters are dealt with and treated (or corrected, if possible) by a sports medicine doctor. Sports medicine doctors can also prescribe exercise regimens to people who suffer from diseases related to lack of physical activity, thereby promoting overall health and preventing diseases in a variety of ways.

The Importance of Seeing a Sports Medicine Doctor Vs. a Regular Doctor

It is important for athletes to see a sports medicine doctor when they have been injured, rather than a regular doctor. Sports medicine doctors are specially trained in the treatment of injuries sustained in athletic activities. These injuries are often complex and the proper treatment of them requires specialized knowledge that regular doctors just don’t have unless they did training in sports medicine. Athletes who want the best possible care and the best possible outcomes with their injuries will always see a sports medicine doctor. A good sports medicine doctor can give an injured athlete the best possible chance of playing their sport again, either on a professional or amateur basis.

Types of Injuries Sports Medicine Doctors Treat

Sports medicine doctors cover a variety of sports-related injuries. Some of the most common injuries doctors like Dr. Pardino see and treat are:

  • ACL Sprains
  • ACL Tears
  • Sprained ankles
  • Muscle cramps
  • Concussions
  • Shin splints
  • Pulled muscles

Teams Dr. Sydney Pardino Covers Seasonally

  • Xavier Prep High School
  • Cathedral City High School
  • Desert Mirage High School
  • Coachella Valley High School
  • Shadow Hills High School
  • Indio High School

Teams Dr. Pardino Has Covered in the Past

  • 2010 – 2011 NEW ORLEANS NFL SAINTS 

Contact Dr. Pardino and Download the App

You can contact Dr. Pardino for an appointment right here on his website at You can also contact the doctor for questions, medical records, and medicine refills by downloading his app. The app is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets, and can be found in the app stores under the name Cutting Edge Ortho or Sydney Pardino MD.