"The role of the Sports Physician is to obtain an early accurate diagnosis and thereafter discuss the best treatment options with the patient".
Sports medicine problems are most commonly injuries to the musculoskeletal system but also may involve medical illnesses that trouble active individuals such as asthma, fatigue, infectious diseases, concussion etc.
Sports medicine patients cover the spectrum of life from very young children to the frail elderly. The patients vary from being sedentary adults who get injured at work or home to full-time elite/professional athletes.
The Sports Physician aims to return the patient to their former level of function as soon as practically possible. The Physician should share the patients' love of sport and exercise and try to enable them to make a safe return to their activity."
Dr Tom Cross has practised sports medicine for the past 20 years and during that time successfully completed 5 years of specialist post-graduate training in sports medicine and gained fellowship to the ACSP (Australasian College of Sports Physicians, www.acsp.org.au ).
Prior to specializing in sports medicine Dr Cross gained a broad medical experience working as a Resident Doctor for 3 years in the NSW public hospitals, including 1 year specialising in paediatrics at the New Hospital for Children (Westmead) where he gained a Diploma in Child Health.
Dr Cross has broad sports medicine experience caring for recreational athletes (adults and children), musculoskeletal injuries that occur at work or home, elite/professional athletes and also military personnel.
His abbreviated CV includes:
Other sports medicine coverage includes:
Sydney FC Soccer, San Diego Chargers NFL, Australian Men's Water Polo Team tour of Europe, Australian Swimming Championships Team Doctor, NSW Institute of Sport Accredited Medical service provider, Harvard College American Football team, The Kings School Rugby, The Shore school Rugby, Wests Tigers rugby league, NZ Warriors rugby league, ACT Brumbies Rugby, Sydney Kings Basketball, Canberra Cannons Basketball, World transplant games, Australian Multi-disability games, Locum doctor in Alice Springs for RFDS.
Dr Cross has several journal publications,
Sports Medicine lectures.
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