Differences Between Sports Medicine in Europe and Japan

2018 Juntendo Medical Journal  
Sports medicine originates from Europe, and Japan is a developing country in this field. YS experienced medical support as a team physician, both in Japan and Europe. Several differences were observed between sports medicine in Europe and Japan. Firstly, the background of team physicians is different; team physicians in Japan are orthopedists, while they are sports physicians in Europe. Secondly, sports participants have to do periodic health evaluations before they start sports, even at
more » ... levels, but this is voluntary in Japan. Thirdly, surveillance of injuries and illnesses and injury prevention strategies are well-developed in Europe compared to Japan. Lastly, emergency systems are more advanced in Europe than Japan. Here, we describe these differences based on personal experience and a review of the literature.
doi:10.14789/jmj.2018.64.jmjjmj17-r09 fatcat:y3wkwsd6mfgupaanwnemhrnoum