Sports takes on a significant role in modern society. It is both for enjoyment reasons and also raising fitness and health. For the children it demonstrates teamwork and it has a lot of life lessons regarding winning and loosing. Unfortunately, sports participation has a variety of drawbacks. Cheating and drug abuse to improve overall performance can occur. Sports injuries might also occur. Even for a basic activity such as running, around 50% of runners can get an injury each year. The clinical discipline of sports medicine has evolved to take care of sport injuries to help keep people in sport rather than quitting as a result of an injury. When more people can be kept in sports activity the greater those people and society in general may reap the benefits which sporting activities participation can bring.
Every clinical speciality provides a sports medicine subspecialty as a result of set of skills that are needed to take care of sports people. Podiatry has got the speciality known as podiatric sports medicine. Within this speciality podiatry practitioners are involved in dealing with as well as preventing sports injuries in a range of sports. They use a range of treatment strategies to take care of a wide range of injuries. Among the original podiatrists who had been active in sports medicine and gave popularity to the practice was Dr Steven Subotnick, DPM. Steven is known as the ‘running foot doctor’ as he wrote a book by the same name. Steve was just lately interviewed on the Facebook livestream, PodChatLive regarding his experiences in the early days of podiatric sports medicine. PodChatLive is a weekly chat show in which the hosts speak to and chat with a different guest in each edition. The video of each edition is on YouTube and the audio version is also on the common podcast platforms. In the chat with Steven Subotnick they discussed his opinion of podiatric sports medicine and also highlighted the history to where we are at present and ways in which we got there. Steven additionally provided quite a few invaluable clinical gems based upon all his experience.