Career opportunities as a Sports Medicine Doctor after MBBS

Want to know what are the unique, hot career options after completing MBBS? This article focuses on one such option, giving an insight into how to become a Sports Medicine Doctor in India. You will get an overview into the work profile of a doctor in Sports Medicine as well as information on online courses and study abroad options in sports medicine.


Sports medicine is a discipline which enables the qualified professional in the field to assist in injury prevention, rehabilitate an injured person and help a sportsperson to enhance performance. A Sports Medicine Doctor may even be called upon to check the fitness levels of a sportsperson and thus assist in selecting talented people to represent an organization. However, while the word 'sports' is affixed to the profession, it should be noted that a Sports Medicine Doctor is not limited to the field of sports. There are also those who suffer from a back, shoulder or knee pain or those wishing to be fit generally, including senior citizens, who may want to avail of the expertise of a Sports Medicine Doctor. What's more, the discipline of sports medicine is such that, during its course of study & practice, it incorporate the related fields of physiology and physical training specialists.

Work profile of a Sports Medicine Doctor

Here's a general idea of what you will be involved in as a Sports Medicine Doctor:
  1. Assisting a sportsperson to recover from injuries and analysing the recovery process. The rehabilitation process includes strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, etc.

  2. Helping differently abled people, perhaps working towards helping them to participate in sporting events.

  3. Keeping a check on the supplements which a sportsperson takes so as to ensure there is no inadvertent use of banned drugs. After all, doping in sports is a major issue

  4. Checking the fitness level of a person, giving an analysis of training and helping to predict and enhance performance.

Academic requirements

You have to first get a recognized MBBS degree. After that, you need to pursue a post graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, ideally one which is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Training modules include rehabilitation, exercise physiology, etc.

General skills required

In addition to formal academic qualifications, a person entering the profession of a Sports Medicine Doctor should have an in-depth knowledge of various sports disciplines so as to get a better understanding of injuries related to specific sports. This in turn will aid in making the right diagnosis and preparing an effective rehab plan. It is equally essential to be up to date on international sports and related technology which could assist in injury management and performance enhancement.

Where to study Sports Medicine in India

National Institute of Sports, Patiala

The Faculty of Sports Sciences at NIS, Patiala offers a 2-yearPost Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine which is affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot and is recognized by MCI.

Number of seats: 6 (All India Quota-3 seats; State/Institutional Quota-3 seats)

Eligibility: MBBS + 1 year compulsory rotatory internship. You also must have a permanent registration with MCI or any State Medical Council or should obtain it within 1 month of the date of admission. Applicants who are foreign nationals or NRIs have to obtain their PG study registration from Medical Council of India.

Course Fee:Rs. 40,000/- for the first year; Rs. 45,000/- for the second year.

Contact information: Dr.S.S.Roy, Executive Director/Principal. Ph: 0175-2215289 // Fax: 0175-2212070. Email: /

Website: NIS Patiala

Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

AFMC, Pune offers a 3 year M.D. program in Sports Medicine.

Number of seats: 2 seats

Eligibility: Admission is based on NEET-PG

Contact information: Wanowrie, Pune – 411040. For queries related to PG courses contact Brig Trg Tele/ fax +91 20 26331580.

Website: AFMC, Pune

Sri Ramachandra University

The Department of Arthroscopy And Sports Medicine at Sri Ramachandra University offers an MCI-approved M.D. course in Sports Medicine (3 years). The fee is Rs. 20,00,000p.a.

Contact: No.1 Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai - 600 116, Tamil Nadu. Ph: 044 -4592 8650, Ext. no.8636. Email:


Online options to Study Sports Medicine

IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine

The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) offers a postgraduate-level program in Sports Medicine which is run by by sportsoracletoo. It is a two year course in Distance Learning mode on a part-time basis for 6 months from 1st October of each year. Lectures will be given via online electronic format & discussions in chat rooms will be conducted. Web-based material as well as residential workshops are provided. In case you do not wish to pursue the entire program, you can take up individual parts of the Diploma program without the qualification for the award of the IOC Diploma.

Fees: The annual tuition fee for the program beginning in October 2017 will be GB £2,500 (may increase at the time of intake of students.)

Eligibility: You should have a degree or equivalent qualification in Medicine from a recognised University and must be eligible for professional registration as a medical practitioner. Since English is the medium of instruction, those whose native language is not English should provide evidence of competence in English, namely TOEFL at 500 or above, ILET6 at 6 or above, GCSE or equivalent in English language.

Contact: Email:


Medvarsity is offering the Fellowship in Sports Rehabilitation online certificate course with a contact program option. It is related to sports medicine as it provides training in the field of sports rehabilitation, knowledge of concepts for athletic injuries, drug abuse in sports, etc. The course is certified by Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation & Medvarsity. The course fee is Rs.30,435/-.

Eligibility: You should have completed MBBS or should be a general practitioner (BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, Physiotherapist).

Study Abroad options in Sports Medicine

There are reputed universities outside India which offer excellent academic opportunities to study abroad. Just a few are mentioned below –

University of Utah

You can take up 'Introduction to Sports Medicine' as an elective while pursuing the undergraduate program of Kinesiology at Snow College, University of Utah.

For more details of the program and eligibility requirements contact: (i) Snow College: Academic Advisement Office, (435) 283-7313; (ii) University of Utah: Loren Finn, Academic Advisor, HPER N 239-B, (801) 581-7586. Dave Belt, Academic Advisor, HPER N 239-A, (801) 587-3374

[I am mentioning this course here even though it is an undergraduate program]

Queen Mary College, University of London

You can pursue a one year M.Sc. Sports and Exercise Medicine program at the Queen Mary College, University of London. PG Diploma and PG Certificate level courses are also available. You can even avail of a part-time mode of two to four years.

Eligibility: You should have at least 1 year of clinical experience. If you are a physiotherapist with an overseas qualification, you must be registered with the Health Professions Council. If English is not your first language, the School of Medicine and Dentistry requires a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS to be eligible for the program.

Contact: William Harvey Research Institute, Ph: +44 (0)20 7882 5511; Email:


University of Queensland

For those international students holding alternative Australian Visa/Residency status with a sufficient study entitlement there are quite a few courses related to sports medicine offered by the The University of Queensland, two of which are:
  1. A Graduate Certificate in Sports Medicine (GCSpMed), which is of half year duration (full time) offered by the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.
    Eligibility: You should have an approved degree in medicine and 2 years full-time (or equivalent) post-qualification clinical practice. Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner in country of practice.

  2. Master of Sports Medicine (MSpMed), a 1 year full time (or part-time equivalent) program offered by the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Eligibility is same as for the graduate certificate course.

You can also check out their other courses related to this field by typing 'sports medicine' in their search box.

Job scope

Once you have the requisite qualification and training, here's how you can launch your career as a Sports Medicine Doctor:
  1. You can scout out job opportunities with government organizations involved with sports, such as the Sports Authority of India.

  2. You can seek employment with the Armed Forces who have sportspersons participating in national and international competitions.

  3. Check out reputed hospitals having a special Sports Injury Centre where you can seek employment.

  4. Health and fitness clubs which have a large membership may seek the expertise of a Sports Medicine Doctor.

  5. Look out for recruitment opportunities at sports academies and educational institutes with sports teams representing them at inter-school/inter-college/inter-university competitions.

  6. There are also positions for a Sports Medicine Doctor at corporate houses which provide sponsorship to sportspersons showing talent in their fields.

Keep in mind that, like in any field, you need to upgrade your knowledge & skills. You can attend workshops and seminars, such as those conducted by the Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM),, which has its headquarters at J.N. Stadium, New Delhi.

Important note to the reader: At the time of posting this article, courses mentioned were offered at the colleges/universities listed. You are requested to confirm that the course is current and a recognized one. Take due care also in checking out the study abroad options mentioned, checking out the reputation of the college/university & its course affiliation/accreditation, as also whether those qualifications are acceptable in India for a professional career here in sports medicine.

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