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What Made a Sports Medicine Specialist Interested in 'Chronic Diseases'?

from Korea Biomedical Review

There is an expert who proposes “exercise” as a solution to reduce the management costs of chronic diseases, which have been surging because of population aging. Making such a proposal in the middle of the Korean medical community, which has a strong perception that “exercise is not medical treatment,” is Professor Kim Jin-gu, an orthopedist at Konkuk University Medical Center.

Kim pointed out that if you teach patients with chronic diseases a proper way to exercise, not only can it help to treat complex chronic diseases but to prevent them as well. As the workout regimes given to patients with chronic diseases are not simple exercises but programs for treatment based on sports medicine, however, it must take the form of doctors making a prescription for patients, Kim emphasized.

Of various areas in orthopedic department, Professor Kim is known as a sports medicine specialist. Among some famous sports stars who received his treatments are Olympic gold medalist speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, soccer players Ahn Jung-hwan and Seol Ki-hyun, and baseball player Hong Seung-heun.

What made Professor Kim, a recognized authority in sports medicine with famous athletes coming to him for treatment, interested in “chronic diseases” suddenly? more


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