Sports medicine also known as sports and exercise medicine is a branch of medical field which involves treatment of physical fitness and prevention of injuries concerned to sports and exercise. Sports medicine device includes the entire series of medical products used for prevention, cure and recovery of sports and exercise related injuries such as sprain, fractures, strain, joint dislocation, muscular skeletal injuries and soft tissue damage. The sports medicine market is marked by arthroscopic procedures which are minimally invasive, requires less hospitalization duration and have a long term effect. The recovery procedures concentrates on quick recovery from the injuries, along with inhibition of further damage to the ligament or injured part by regular follow ups. The sports medicine market thus includes prosthesis, joint implants, orthobiologics, fracture repair, arthroscopy devices, and support and recovery products like tapes, braces, bandages, hot and cold therapy products and performance monitoring equipments.
The sports medicine devices market is categorized on the basis of product type and application area or site and geography. The product market can be further sub-segmented into body reconstruction and repair; body support and recovery; body monitoring and evaluation and accessories. Body reconstruction and repair includes surgical equipments, soft tissue repair or ligament and tendon repair and cartilage and bone reconstruction and repair. Second subtype of product type which is body support and recovery is fragmented into four parts namely topical pain relief (analgesics), braces and support devices, compression clothing and hot or cold (thermal therapy). Body monitoring and evaluation is divided into four sub-categories namely cardiac, respiratory, hemodynamic and musculoskeletal. Bandages, disinfectants, wraps and tapes constitute fourth subtype accessories of product type.
Market on the basis of application area can be further classified into shoulders, arm-elbow, hand-wrist, knee, ankle-foot, and hip-groin and back-spine. The overall market for sports medicine devices is highly unified, with a few regional and local players supplying in specific geographic locations. Some of the major players of this market include Arthrex, Arthrocare, Biomet, Inc., Wright Medical Technology, Stryker Corporation, GmbH, DJO Global, Otto Bock Healthcare, Ossur hf and Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
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