Sports Medicine

Advanced Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Kuna, ID & Boise, ID

Playing safely and using the recommended equipment goes a long way in sports injury prevention, but injuries can happen regardless. Michael Foutz, MD, has sharpened his skills in sports medicine through coursework and guidance from exceptional orthopedists. At Advanced Family Medicine in Kuna and Boise, Idaho, he offers sports physicals, injury care, and joint injections for athletes. Schedule an appointment for yourself or your child over the phone or book online today.

Sport Medicine Q&A 

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is health care dedicated to athletes of all levels. Whether you’re just starting out in a new sport, a regular at your local gym, or a seasoned athlete, Advanced Family Medicine gives you the confidence and care you need to play safely and at your peak skill level. 

A sports medicine provider can diagnose and treat sports injuries, or they can help you train more effectively. They can also tell you whether it’s safe for you to participate in a given physical activity or what you need to do to accommodate yourself. They can also provide a physical exam if you work in a physically demanding profession that may take a similar toll on your body. 

What does sports medicine involve?

Advanced Family Medicine offers multiple sports medicine services for the well-rounded care you need as an athlete or active person. Your provider can offer:

Sports physicals

A sports physical is similar to the annual physical exams you get throughout life. The key difference is that a sports physical has a goal of telling you if you can safely participate in your sport or physical activity. You can give the results of your sports physical to a coach or organization to show you’re ready to play. 

Injury care 

Injury care, including fracture care like splinting and casting, is something you may eventually need if you’re physically active. Advanced Family Medicine examines your injury and uses imaging tests to see the extent of a fracture. 

Joint injections

Overuse injuries, often concentrated near the joints, are common in athletes. Advanced Family Medicine offers joint injections to reduce inflammation and discomfort. 

How can I prevent injuries in sports?

Advanced Family Medicine offers prevention tips for athletes and can set you up for safety on the field or court. While some suggestions vary based on your specific sport or activity, you can generally prevent sports injuries by:

  • Wearing your equipment properly
  • Warming up before you practice or play
  • Taking time off from practice at least once a week
  • Using the proper techniques
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Stopping if you’re in pain

Sports injuries happen at all skill levels and are not always avoidable. Still, you can greatly reduce your risk for them by following the rules and staying in shape. 

Ready to book a sports physical for yourself or a child? Call Advanced Family Medicine or book your visit online today.