Team Physician

Madi Walker

Description of Occupation

Physicians are a major part of organization, management, and provision of the comprehensive care of the athlete.

Certifications Necessary

  • Medical specialty board certification
  • American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)/American Osteopathic Association (AOA) certification in sports medicine

Daily Activities

  • provides pre-participation examination (PPE)
  • provides medical care beyond event coverage
  • involved in injury and illness prevention
  • helps create emergency action plan
  • oversees development of emergency action plan

Education Requirements

  • MD or DO with license to practice medicine
Not required, but recommended
  • Fellowship training in sports medicine
  • Clinical hours
  • Membership in sports medicine professional association
  • Training in advanced cardiac and trauma life support (ACLS/ATLS)


average: $211,886

range: $180,846-$269,524

Skills necessary

  • Knowledge of on-field medical emergency care (i.e. concussion, spinal injuries, etc.)
  • Trained in CPR and AED use
  • Being able to communicate and work well with other sport professionals

Practice Settings

  • With the team on and off the field
  • At a hospital or community health center

Job Outlook

Expected to increase by 14% from 2014-2024
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