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State of primary care sports and exercise medicine in Brazil
  1. Felipe Hardt1,2
  1. 1Department of Sport, School of Physical Education and Sport University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  2. 2Laboratory of Assessment and Conditioning in Rheumatology (LACRE), Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Felipe Hardt, USP, Univ de São Paulo—Department of Sport, 65, Professor Mello de Morais Av São Paulo, SP 05508-030, Brazil; hardt{at}

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Because physical activity is a powerful strategy to prevent, treat and rehabilitate general health,1 the topic of sports and exercise medicine (SEM) is gaining attention among those who decide the undergraduate curriculum in Brazil.2 In Brazil, SEM is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary clinical and academic medical specialty, which can also be structured as a subspecialty (also called additional, secondary or super-specialty) linked to other medical specialities.3 SEM is recognised as a specialty not only to care for elite athletes, but also to promote public health and medical care of everyone who exercises. SEM promotes an active lifestyle to improve the general well-being and health of the population.4

In Brazil, the SEM specialty is classified as a clinical non-surgical specialty that allows direct patient access (‘primary contact’). It does not require a previous specialty as prerequisite. SEM is taught in a haphazard manner in Brazilian medical schools—a few provide a dedicated set of lectures, …

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