In the late 20th century, sports medicine emerged as a distinct field of health care. It is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Sports medicine is recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties and by Medicare.

After they have earned their medical degree, sports medicine physicians receive fellowship training in sports medicine. Upon successful completion of a national sports medicine certification examination, they are granted a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine which they must renew every ten years via re-examination.

Experienced orthopaedic surgeons add sports medicine qualification

At Greater Dayton Surgery Center four of our sports medicine physicians are also orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Frank Mannarino received a fellowship in sports medicine with Dr. Douglas Jackson in Long Beach, California. Dr. Mannarino is the Orthopaedic Medical Director of Kettering Sports Medicine Center. 

Dr. Paul Nitz received specialized fellowship training in sports medicine at the Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis under the direction of Donald Shelbourne, MD, team physician for the Indianapolis Colts and Orthopaedic Consultant to Purdue University.

Dr. Kevin Paley completed his sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Molly Tatum completed a master’s degree in sports medicine and then a fellowship in sports medicine orthopaedic surgery at MedStar Union Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.