Understanding Sports Medicine
In comparison to other medical specialisations, Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is fairly new in the United Kingdom. Basically, SEM doctors diagnose and care for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. However, unlike GPs, surgeons, or other specialists our field places detailed emphasis on restoring function.
Clearly, pain and mobility issues are of primary concern and must be resolved. Although, we set goals beyond diagnosis and treatment and aim high for peak performance. In essence, Sports Doctors are trained to ensure that recovery is headed in the right direction at the right speed.
Specialised medical knowledge of human anatomy and mobility is the foundation of our practice. Next, advanced imaging technology plays an important role. Often, the early use of diagnostic ultrasound helps us to evaluate and monitor MSK conditions effectively. Finally, coordinated treatment with physiotherapists, podiatrists, and personal trainers enhances patient outcomes.
Sport and Exercise Medicine involves the medical care of injury and illness in sport and exercise. It has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through musculoskeletal medicine, exercise advice and prescription (Exercise Medicine).
Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK
Education and early experience
Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Masci accomplished his Sports Medicine specialisation in Australia. His credentials include an extensive and rigorous four-year degree at the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians. Next, he earned a Masters in Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne in degree 2004. Upon entering the world of SEM, he worked with several professional sports organisations in Melbourne, Australia. Working with teams such as Melbourne Storm Rugby League, Tennis Australia, and the Victorian Weightlifting Association contribute to his broad expertise.
A world of opportunity, research, and discovery
In 2007, Dr. Masci moved to London and joins in the UK Sports Medicine community. The GMC recognises him as a specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Along with private practice, he works with the British military, the NHS, and several elite sporting organisations. Local posts and experience include team doctor at both Fulham Football Club and London Wasps Rugby.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Masci is actively involved in sports medicine research. Early published projects include a thesis on low back pain in young, active athletes achieving high distinction. In total, his journal publications have grown to include more than 20 peer-reviewed papers. Likewise, multiple international sports medicine conferences have featured his work. Past speaking engagements include Arsenal Football conference, Barcelona Football conference, and the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Ongoing Projects and Affiliations
Lecture and teaching relationships keep him actively connected to several prestigious organisations. Notable tendon research partners include the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Imperial University, Queen Mary University, and Brunel University. In addition, Queen Mary University recognises him as an honorary lecturer and he teaches Sports and Exercise Medicine to graduates at University College London. Finally, one of his newest projects is the development of online musculoskeletal ultrasound-guided injection training.