Suggested Curricular Guidelines for Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2021 Jul 1;20(7):366-373. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000862.


A sports medicine physician manages musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and sport-related medical and MSK conditions of patients of all ages and abilities. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) must be adequately trained to provide this care for all patients including, but not limited to, athletes participating in organized sports, the weekend warrior as well as athletes with disabilities. Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education core requirements and basic guidelines help physiatry residency training programs develop and implement residency curriculums. The goal of this article is to provide suggested curricular guidelines to optimize physiatrist training in MSK and sports medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis
  • Brain Concussion / therapy
  • Curriculum
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Musculoskeletal System / injuries
  • Physical Examination
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / education*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Sports Medicine / education*
  • Sports Nutritional Physiological Phenomena