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Singapore News – More sports doctors seen with growing demand for sports medicine


SINGAPORE: Singapore has seen a rise in recreational sports participation and events, as it played host to marquee events such as the F1 Singapore GP and the Youth Olympic Games.

This in turn, has led to an increase in demand for sports medical expertise, such as sports screening, rehabilitation and injury prevention.

The top three ailments patients seek treatment for are Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries, ankle sprains and Patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runners’ knee.

With such demand for sports medicine, experts have said that the number of sports doctors is also set to rise.

47-year-old Khoo Swee Chiow, one of the first Singaporeans to scale Mount Everest in 1998, said undergoing training enabled him to train smarter.

Mr Khoo said: “When I first started climbing 20 years ago, sports science hardly existed in Singapore. So it was a very different world then. I learnt by error, by mistake. You get an injury, you self-treat. But now it’s so different. You have all these high-tech performance tests which can tell at which optimal level you should be training at, to avoid injury.”

Injuries aside, sports medicine is also targeting those who suffer from chronic diseases, like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke. After assessing the risks, sports doctors will modify the training exercise according to the patient’s condition.

If you have a back injury and you see a doctor in the past, the doctor will say quit your sport and rest, don’t play tennis. Now we’ve optimised the management such that you continue playing tennis while we manage the injuries.

We have professional athletes where sports is their rice bowl. We manage their injuries and we don’t tell them to quit their sports. For recreational athletes, just because you are participating at a recreational level doesn’t mean your injury can be ignored. You want to stick to your exercise routine. And with the availability of sports medicine, you can continue your lifestyle and exercise routine knowing that your injuries are well managed.

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