As a high-level athlete, you are faced with many decisions about your health and well-being. Whether you are injured or trying to improve your performance on court, finding the right specialist is important. The following information will help you make the RIGHT decision.
Beware of individuals making unrealistic claims or those that just say they work with elite athletes.
Check the facility and credentials of the specialist; you could save yourself from ineffective treatment and even bodily harm.
Professional health care providers are licensed and/or certified, formally trained, and participate in annual continuing education course work.
Licensing and certification indicate that there are specific educational requirements...important factors that PROTECT YOU!
There are many different types of specialists, including:
An individual who has completed an accredited medical school or school of osteopathic medicine, and who may practice medicine as a medical doctor.
Certified Athletic Trainers
A non-physician clinician who specialises in managing athletic preparedness (e.g., taping before play) and basic injury treatment.
A non-physician clinician who diagnoses and manages disorders of the teeth and oral cavity, and who provides preventative care for the teeth and gums.
Nutritionists and Dieticians
Nutritionist: a non-physician clinician who advises on matters of food and impact in relation to health and physical performance. A nutritionist does not have a governed degree.
Dietician: a non-physician clinician who advises on proper food and nutrition in order to promote good health. A dietician has a governed degree.
A non-physician clinician who specialised in diagnosing and managing visual acuity problems, through the use of glasses and contact lenses.
A non-physician clinician who specialises in rehabilitation, using a combination of modalities, hands-on treatment, and exercise protocols.
A non-physician clinician who specialises in treating disorders of the feet through the use of medications, injections and surgery.
A non-physician clinician who specialises in diagnosing and managing psychological conditions
Strength and Conditioning Coach
A non-physician clinician who works with athletes to improve performance through a customised exercise program.
When seeking a Health Care Professional you can screen the specialist by asking the right questions:
1) Licensed or unlicensed?
2) Board-approved or certified?
3) Traditional or Non-traditional methods?
4) Years of experience?
5) Years in practice?
6) From which university or school did you receive your training/graduate?
7) Have you received any advanced training such as a fellowship, doctorate or clinical specialty?
8) Are your treatment techniques based on theory, experience or research?
9) Can you supply me with references with whom I can speak?
10) Are elite athletes common clients in your practice? If so what kind?
A Qualified Health Care Professional in the tennis arena:
Is a good communicator and a good listener.
Provides pros and cons to clinical decisions.
May refer you to a specialist if your medical issue is beyond the scope of his/her skills.
Bases clinical decisions on proven outcomes.
Has a good understanding of tennis health issues.
Is well respected and recognised in the field.
Keeps your longevity on the court in perspective.
Encourages both mental and physical well being.