The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

What Specialized Care Does a NY Sports Medicine Doctor Provide?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


Over the years, the field of sports medicine has evolved beyond the treatment of acute athletic injuries to focusing on total body care — helping patients prevent injury and feel their best in order to help them achieve peak performance. The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) divides sports medicine study into two fields: primary care and surgical care. We offer both primary sports medicine doctors and sports medicine surgeons in New York at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

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Are you familiar with the care a sports medicine doctor provides?
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Primary Care Sports Medicine

You may be wondering, “Why should I see a sports medicine doctor, rather than my general practitioner?” Your regular physician is good to see if you need a prescription medication, or if you have a very general concern. Sports medicine specialists, on the other hand, are extensively trained to treat, rehabilitate, and prevent muscular and skeletal conditions commonly found in athletes.

“A sports medicine doctor is usually better at evaluating and tailoring treatments for injuries in the context of trying to get you back to sports as soon as possible,” explains Dr. Josef Geldwert, medical director at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. “Sports med doctors differ from general doctors in that they try to get you back to your sport — rather than discouraging the activity, unless absolutely necessary.”

Dr. Geldwert goes on to explain: “Sports medicine doctors have a deeper and more complex understanding of how certain sports affect the body.  They know the sports and the mechanics of the activity, as well as intricacies of how to alter mechanics. They can give you a training schedule for recovery of an injury. In a nutshell: they understand you and your goals and are motivated to help you reach them!”

You do not have to “give up” your regular physician to see us. We can share medical records with your doctor and work alongside physicians to provide the best possible care. Sports medicine doctors often consult with personal trainers, coaches, athletic directors, and other doctors to bring you the very best expertise.

People often think of professional athletes as being the primary clients of sports medicine doctors. But in reality, anyone who leads a physical life can benefit from speaking with a primary sports medicine professional. Whether you’re a collegiate athlete or a weekend warrior, there is no better way to maintain your strength, endurance, and skill set than to work with a sports medicine doctor.

Sports Medicine Surgeon

When you’ve suffered a sprain, fracture, or other type of serious injury, your physician may refer you to a sports medicine surgeon (sometimes also referred to as an orthopedic surgeon). Referrals are not the only way we do business, however. Patients may also seek us out directly, following a sports-related injury. A surgeon is not just the person “wielding the knife.” Sports medicine surgeons are trusted and valued professionals who are fully committed to making sure serious injuries are treated with the best solutions modern science has to offer. We’ll evaluate your injury carefully to determine the best course of action, whether it’s through surgery or more conservative methods. Our goals are to maximize healing, improve physical functioning, and minimize disability time.

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A sports doctor addresses acute injuries that happen during game play.
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Sports Team Doctor

Sports medicine professionals may also work with a particular sports team as the official “team physician.” Dr. Josef Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine works as the official team podiatrist for the NY Lizards lacrosse team, for instance. His job is to address game-day injuries and emergencies. More often than not, his job involves addressing overuse injuries involving bones, tendons, and joints. Before the start of the season, Dr. Geldwert evaluates all players and develops specialized plans to prevent injury.

As one fellow sports medicine professional put it, “Though plenty of activity can occur during athletic contests, the vast majority of sports medicine happens behind the scenes. I think the hundreds of telephone calls, emails, text messages, x-ray orders, medication prescriptions, and office visits, would shock the casual person who asks me what I do for a living.”

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Our team of NY sports medicine doctors have a combined experience of 70 years.
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Sports Medicine Doctors in NYC

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine opened on the upper eastside of Manhattan in 1990, with a second facility opening in White Plains in 2009. Our diagnostic and treatment facilities specialize in foot and ankle care. We want to see patients living pain-free and enjoying their regular activities as soon as possible. Doctors Geldwert, Lai, Minara, and Levy have treated over 40,000 sports injuries and performed over 10,000 surgical procedures. Your feet are in good hands with us! For your convenience, you may book an appointment with a NY sports medicine doctor online.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.