5. What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Registrar and a Sports Physician?

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Sports and Exercise Physicians are medical specialists who have fulfilled the training, examination and other requirements to be registered as a medical specialist in Australia. The Sports Medicine Registrars are all fully qualified doctors who have considerable training and experience in sports and exercise medicine but who haven’t fulfilled the requirements to be registered as specialists. In most cases they have worked with high level sporting teams including club and sometimes national sides and are very well trained in managing sports injuries and sports and exercise related medical problems. If required, they can choose to obtain advice or guidance from the specialists that they are working alongside and one of the features of this multidisciplinary clinic is that all the doctors have the ability to consult with their colleagues as required should they feel that some of their colleagues may have more expertise in a particular medical problem. We feel this improves treatment outcomes to the benefit of the patients.