GVR Report cover Sports Medicine Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Sports Medicine Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Knees, Shoulders, Ankle & Foot), By Product Type (Body Reconstruction & Repair, Body Support & Recovery), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-050-7
  • Number of Pages: 127
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global Sports Medicine Market size to be valued at USD 15.2 billion by 2027 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2% during the forecast period. The demand for sports medicine is on the rise due to the growing incidences of sports injuries and the increasing participation of people in sports and fitness-related activities. Moreover, a shift from proactive to preventive care for sports injuries is further expected to drive the market for sports medicine over the forecast period.

Sports Medicine Market size, by product type

According to the estimates of Stanford Children’s Health, in 2019, about 30 million children participated in sports and other recreational activities in the U.S. Also, each year around 3.5 million injuries are reported in the country, and around 75,000 children belonging to the age group 14 and below are treated for these injuries. This high participation rate of children in sports, coupled with an increase in the number of injuries is creating demand for sports medicine.

Moreover, the rising use of wearable devices such as fitness bands and other sensors aids in monitoring stress load, and avoiding fatigue-induced injuries in athletes, has supported the growth of the market for sports medicine. For instance, Athletigen Technology, Inc., a performance-based company in Nova Scotia, works with various sportsmen to use the collected information on their DNA for improving their performance and health, along with reducing the incidences of sport-related injuries. Such instances are expected to boost market growth over the forecast period.

However, the rise in the number of product recalls and lack of healthcare infrastructure in under-developed countries is obstructing market growth. For instance, Zimmer Biomet recalled various medical devices in 2016, which included trauma and sports medicine instruments, implants, surgical screws, implants, and bones. Furthermore, medical device recalls collectively increased by 126% in the first quarter of 2018. Product recall creates a negative image of the product and the company in the minds of customers, which is currently obstructing the market for sports medicine.

Underdeveloped and developing countries lack well-developed healthcare facilities due to poor economic growth. Government expenditure on healthcare is also comparatively low in these countries, which leads to lower adoption of these products. Moreover, a lack of sporting culture is also a factor responsible for the slow development of sports medicine in these countries. Also, the market in these countries is highly-price sensitive. These factors are anticipated to limit market growth.

Sports Medicine Market Trends

The growing utilization of wearable devices like fitness bands to monitor stress load and avoid tiredness and injury problems in athletes has assisted the expansion of the market.

Demand for sports medicine is growing owing to a rise in the number of sports injuries and a rise in people participating in fitness and athletic exercises. The shift from a strategic approach to preventive care for sports-related injuries is projected to increase the market during the forecast period.

The high price of implant materials severely hinders the growth of the market. An expensive implant is a severe worry for the market growth in countries like India, where only a small portion of the population is covered by health insurance. The lack of trained orthopedic professionals is one of the major challenges for the market, as orthopedic surgeons perform most procedures for athletic injuries.

Furthermore, an increase in public-private funding for targeted research, rising participation of children in sports, and rising innovation and development as a result of technological advancements all over the world are expected to create profitable opportunities for market players during the forecast period.

Product Type Insights

In 2019, the body reconstruction and repair segment dominated the sports medicine market and held the largest revenue share of 39.2%. The body reconstruction and repair segment includes devices such as surgical equipment, soft tissue repair equipment, and bone reconstruction devices. The large market share was attributed to the growing usage of fracture and ligament repair devices, and the increasing adoption of arthroscopy devices in minimally invasive surgeries.

On the other hand, the accessories segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. This segment mainly includes products such as bandages, tapes, wraps, disinfectants, and other products required for treating minor sports injuries. The growing usage of PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) therapy as the immediate treatment for any sports injury is the leading factor driving the growth of this segment.

Application Insights

The knee application segment dominated the market for sports medicine and held the largest market share in 2019, as there has been a continuous upsurge in the number of knee injuries. Knee injuries are very common injuries reported during sports or other physical activities. This is because excessive running and jumping lead to wear and tear of the knee joint. As per the British Journal of Sports Medicine, knee injury is very common and accounts for around 41% of the total sports injuries.

Moreover, this segment is also anticipated to be the fastest growing with a CAGR of 8.9% over the forecast period. There are various advanced treatments including dry needling, soft tissue massage, osteopathic manipulation, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and arthroscopic surgeries for knee repair. This availability of a wide number of treatments and the growing incidence of knee injuries are some of the major factors driving the segment growth.

Regional Insights

In 2019, North America dominated the market for sports medicine with the highest revenue share. The presence of a well-developed healthcare infrastructure coupled with high spending and the availability of technologically advanced medical devices to treat various orthopedic injuries are some of the major factors driving the market for sports medicine. For instance, as of 2018, Stryker Corporation has installed more than 650 Mako surgical robots around the world and has performed more than 76,900 knee and hip replacement procedures with these robots.

Sports Medicine Market share, by region

However, Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period as the adoption rate of sports medicine in countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea is increasing continuously. Moreover, the regulatory process for product approvals is comparatively less stringent in these countries, which has facilitated the easy entry of advanced products and medical devices in this market.

Sports Medicine Market Trends by Region

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Arthrex, Inc. dominated the market for sports medicine in 2019, with the highest market share, followed by Smith and Nephew and Stryker. These players have built a vast product portfolio and created their presence in all major countries. Moreover, they are constantly upgrading their products to attract new consumers, which is further contributing to their high market share. Some other prominent players are Zimmer Biomet, Wright Group N.V., and DJO Global.

These players have adopted multiple strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, product launches, and building a strong distribution network to strengthen their market positioning. For instance, in October 2018, Wright Medical Group N.V. completed the acquisition of Cartiva, Inc. (Cartiva), for strengthening its foot and ankle portfolio and create better opportunities for its global extremities business.

Recent Developments

  • In June 2021, DJO announced the acquisition of Mathys AG Bettlach, anorthopedic implants developer in Switzerland. This acquisition assists the company in developing and delivering next-generation orthopedic innovations.     

  • In June 2020, Smith+Nephew, a global medical technology firm, launched Intellio in the market. Intellio is a sports medicine system connectivity and management platform. The app allows to connect and control arthroscopy surgical towers wirelessly.

Sports Medicine Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 8.7 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 15.2 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.2% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Product type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; Germany; Greece; France; Italy; Poland; Japan; China; India; South Korea; Thailand; Mexico; Argentina; Brazil; Colombia; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Arthrex, Inc.; Smith and Nephew; Stryker; Zimmer Biomet; Wright Group N.V.; DJO Global.

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Global Sports Medicine Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country-level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, GVR has segmented the global sports medicine market report on the basis of product type, application, and region.

Global Sports Medicine Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Body Reconstruction & Repair

      • Surgical Equipment

      • Soft Tissue Repair

      • Bone Reconstruction Devices

    • Body Support & Recovery

      • Braces and Other Support Devices

      • Compression Clothing

      • Hot & Cold Therapy

    • Body Monitoring & Evaluation

      • Cardiac

      • Respiratory

      • Hemodynamic

      • Musculoskeletal

      • Others

    • Accessories

      • Bandages

      • Tapes

      • Disinfectants

      • Wraps

      • Other

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Knees

    • Shoulders

    • Ankle & Foot

    • Back & Spine

    • Elbow & Wrist

    • Hips

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

      • Greece

      • Italy

      • Poland

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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