Sports Medicine

Meet Our Sports Medicine Provider 

James Glazer, MD, FACSM specializes in helping patients of all ages heal from injuries without surgery. He treats osteoarthritis, sports injuries, knee and shoulder injuries, and sports concussions. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has served as a team physician for high school, college and professional teams. Dr. Glazer is currently a physician for the US Ski Team and travels with the team to World Cup races around the globe. Dr. Glazer has authored almost 100 papers and speaks locally and internationally on topics in sports medicine.

What is a Sports Medicine Doctor?

  • 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.

  • He or she is a leader of the sports medicine team, which also includes specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, other personnel, and, of course, the athlete.

  • They are experienced sports medicine physicians with a primary specialty in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, most of whom obtain 1-2 years of additional training in sports medicine through accredited fellowship (subspecialty) programs in Sports Medicine. Physicians, who are board certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Pediatrics, are then eligible to take a subspecialty qualification examination in Sports Medicine. Additional forums, which add to the expertise of a Sports Medicine Physician, include continuing education in sports medicine, and membership and participation in sports medicine societies.


What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Physician and an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, and Sports Medicine Physicians can expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon when indicated, and can help guide referrals to appropriate rehabilitative care and ancillary services as needed. Common examples of musculoskeletal problems include:

  • Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures)

  • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis, stress fractures)

  • Mild traumatic brain injury and other head injuries

  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)

  • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues

  • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness

  • Injury prevention

  • " Return to play" decisions in the sick or injured athlete

  • Strength training and conditioning

  • Healthy lifestyle promotion

Phone: 603-356-7061