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Hi Dr. Weil,


I'm 26 and would like to go back to school for a nursing career in sports medicine. I was curious as to the path I would need to take to get there. I know this question would be more suited for Hope as it is more in regards to the education for RN/NPs; however, Hope is on vacation. Would you happen to know if an RN degree in Orthopaedics or NP degree would be better suited for a career within the field? Or should I aim to acquire both; first RN then NP? Would I be able to work within the field as an RN? (I know that Hope is currently doing so but I know certification and licensure rules change and sometimes require additional education. For instance, OT used to be a BS degree). Any help you can provide will be much appreciated!

Thank you,
Sarah

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Hi Sarah- you're right, these organizations you mentioned will give you "credentialing info". You also might be looking at physical therapy as good route to sports medicine. Most PT groups are very involved in sports medicine & it's hands on. Speaking to some RNs who are directly involved with local sports Ortho groups could give you insight re their experiences. Athletic training is another great area as is sports massage & kinesiology.  Point being- talk to some people in these fields-- most have more sports med action than nursing.. Hope this helps, Dr. Bob Weil

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Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at sportsdoctorradio.com- radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.

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Publications
Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed sportsdoctorradio.com- news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed sportsdoctorradio.com-radio shows

Education/Credentials
BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

Past/Present Clients
Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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