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Published on Dec 19, 2013
Kirk Scofield, M.D., is a sports medicine physician and avid runner specializing in non-operative sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine, and running injuries.
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My name is Kirk Scofield, and my specialty is nonoperative sports medicine. I think one thing that people would be surprised to know about me is that before I went into sports medicine, I was a primary care and emergency room physician for Eskimo whalers in western Alaska. I went into sports medicine because I'm an athlete myself. I'm a runner, a triathlete, Nordic skier, mountain biker. I hike and backpack, and I've actually suffered injuries doing most of those things. So it's not hard for me to empathize with a patient when they come in with an activity-related injury. I think the thing that's different about sports medicine is that we not only understand your injury, but we understand your sport and how to get you back, not just to the point where you're feeling better, but that you're back to that top form. And you're able to do the activity or sport that you really love to do. I think the secrets to a successful recovery are, number one, patience. Number two, it's really critical that the patient or athlete is really engaged in the process himself. A good recovery isn't usually something that we can just hand you. So being invested in the process is important. And the third thing is a team approach. Whether that involves parents, athletic trainers, coaches, it's really important that everybody is working together to get you back to the sport that you love to do in your highest level of function. We love to see active patients of all ages, from the 8-year-old gymnast to the 75-year-old softball enthusiast or runner. Exercise is such an important part of overall health and we love it when people are active. And we sort of feel that it's our job to get people back to that level of activity that they love.