Specialty Details


Bruce J. Thomas II
Edward W. St. Mary
E. Schuyler DeJong
Kurt S. Hensel


MIMA Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine 

What is a Sports Medicine Physician?
A physician with specialized training who promotes lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages prevention of illness and injury. This physician helps the patient maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school. Sports Medicine Physicians may be board certified in a primary care specialty such as Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, most of whom obtain additional training and qualifications in sports medicine through accredited programs. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine physicians obtain board certification in orthopaedic surgery, then participate in a 1-2 year subspecialty program in sports medicine, focusing on both the surgical and non-surgical management of sports related problems. The Sports Medicine Physician is the leader of the team caring for the athlete, which includes specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists and coaches.

Do Sports Medicine Physicians only treat competitive athletes?
No, Sports Medicine Physicians are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function. For those more aggressive athletes, Sports Medicine Physicians are trained to assist in treating those specific injuries and problems unique to the athlete. Furthermore, Sports Medicine Physicians frequently serve as Team Physicians for local and/or National teams and clubs, allowing a close working relationship between the athletes, trainers, coaching staff, and the physician.

How do the Sports Medicine Physician and the Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine work together to care for the athlete?
Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. Orthopedic Surgeons specializing in Sports Medicine, or Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physicians, are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, and Sports Medicine Physicians can manage the majority of these common problems experienced by the athlete with rehabilitation, activity modifications, or other treatment modalities. If operative intervention is required, however, then referral for surgical evaluation or treatment can be expedited.

Common examples of musculoskeletal problems include acute and chronic injuries to the joints, muscles, and bones, such as shoulder tendonitis or instability, knee cartilage or ligament tear, or ankle pain or looseness.

Sports Medicine physicians frequently serve as Team Physicians for local and/or national teams and clubs, allowing a close working relationship between the athletes, trainers, coaching staff, and the physician.

Dr. Thomas practices a full range of primary care sports medicine, including the treatment of injuries, treatment of chronic musculo-skeletal-joint problems (including joint injections), Synvisc/Orthovisc arthritis therapy, prevention of injuries, exercise prescriptions, pre-participation physicals, and management of general medical conditions in athletes. Currently he is the Team Physician for the People’s Republic of China Olympic Baseball Team and will participate in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Dr. Thomas is also one of the team physicians for the US Olympic Team. He earned a World Series Ring with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

Dr. Schuyler DeJong is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Beyond his orthopaedic surgery residency, he performed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. Prior to coming to Brevard, Dr. DeJong was the Chief of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Since his arrival to Brevard in 2003, Dr. DeJong has been providing orthopaedic care for the Montreal Expos locally and the Brevard County Manatees, in addition to helping cover Melbourne High School’s football program.