A Sport and Exercise Physician is a doctor who has undertaken further specialist training in sports and exercise medicine and
have excellent knowledge of sports related injuries and medical problems. This knowledge is used to treat elite athletes as well as the general public.
What is the difference between a Sports Doctor and Sports and Exercise Physician?
A Sports doctor is a doctor who has an interest in sport, but is not a specialist.
A Sport and Exercise Physician is a doctor who has specialised in Sports medicine after they have completed their medical training. In Australia and
New Zealand, this is performed through specialist training with the Australasian College of Sports Physicians. This involves passing a Part 1 and Part 2 exam and
at least 4 years training in Sports Medicine. Sports physicians also require experience in multiple sports and perform research on a sports medicine related topic.
Am I too old to attend a Sports Physician?
No. The name Sport and Exercise Physician can be a mis-leading. We see people of all ages from young children to people in their 90s.
Does a Sports Physician only see elite sports people?
No. Elite athletes are only a proportion of who we see.
Do I need to have an Injury to see a Sports Physician?
No. As well as injuries we also see people with tendon, muscle and joint issues. We also see exercise related medical issues.
With our training in elite sports we are in a great position to provide this degree of care to the general public.
Sports Physicians see many people who have no injury. These people may include.
Athletes with Medical problems such as Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy
Woman with back and pelvic pain during or after pregnancy
Joint, muscle and tendon issues
We also do pre-exercise screening prior to sport or exercise and Defence Force medicals.
If I have previous investigations (X-rays, Ultrasounds, Bone scans or MRIs), should I bring them to the appointment?
Locals: This is not necessary if you have had the investigations at a private company in Canberra (CIG, I-MED, UMIC, Canberra Specialist Imaging,
Garran Medical Imaging).
If you have had imaging at Calvary Hospital or Canberra Hospital, please bring a copy of your films with you to the appointment.
Non-Locals or those who have had investigations in other areas: Please let reception know the location of your scans, so that we can gain online access.
Should I get X-rays or other imaging organised before I am seen?
No. This is not necessary as Dr Bisley would prefer to assess you, so that she can organise the most appropriate investigations.