The Responsibilities of a Team Physician

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Bobby Chhabra remains at the school practicing orthopedic medicine and serving as a faculty member of the primary care sports medicine fellowship program. Bobby Chhabra has been one of a several University of Virginia team physicians since 2002.

Playing a supporting role to an athletic organization’s existing staff of trainers and medical personnel, team physicians provide medical assistance for games at home and on the road. Team physicians treat sports injuries, offer nutritional and exercise counseling, and assist with rehabilitation. Due to the athletic care required, it is necessary for physicians to be licensed in orthopedic or general medical practices because the team physicians will treat health conditions ranging from respiratory infections to head trauma depending on their specialty. In addition, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency care are beneficial to maintaining a team’s health.

Team physicians are also expected to have strong administrative and logistical skills. A physician’s responsibility is to serve the athletic organization in many ways.

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