We found 5 sports medicine providers who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Encinitas, CA.

Dr. Michael John Skyhar, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
310 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 112
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Michael Skyhar's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Skyhar is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Skyhar attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Skyhar has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dr. Andrew Tennant Pennock, MD
Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
477 N. El Camino Real; Building D, Suite 302
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Pennock specializes in trauma surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine and practices in Escondido, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Pennock attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: musculoskeletal problems and hip problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Pennock average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Problems

Dr. Stephen P Nichols, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
351 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Nichols is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Encinitas, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Nichols's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nichols trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery, Hand Problems

Dr. Gregory James Loren, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
332 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 110
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Loren is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Loren has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Loren accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Devonshire Drive; Suite E
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Christian Bentley works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Vista, CA, Carlsbad, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Bentley attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bentley trained at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise consist of sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Bentley's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bentley honors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is the specialty that promotes physical fitness and activity while managing, treating, and preventing injuries that happen during exercise or participation in sports. Sports medicine fosters wellness and fitness and works to inhibit injury. A sports medicine specialist may work with professional athletes, school sports teams, individuals who participate in sports on the weekend for fun, or someone who is just beginning to exercise for the first time. Although their main focus is on musculoskeletal function, sports medicine specialists also care for patients’ full medical and nutritional needs as they relate to their active lifestyle.

Some examples of the kinds of injuries and issues that a sports medicine specialist might see in their work include:
  • Acute sports injuries (sprains, fractures)
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, bursitis)
  • Head injuries (concussion)
  • Heat injuries (heat stroke)
  • Athletes with chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) and how their illness is affected by exercise
  • Nutrition and the use of supplements
  • Developing a safe exercise plan for obese or sedentary patients
  • Substance abuse of performance-enhancing drugs
  • Teaching proper form and technique to reduce the chance of injury

Sports medicine specialists often work closely with orthopedic specialists, and the scope of their work can have some overlap. The main distinction is that orthopedic specialists can perform surgery when it is needed, while sports medicine specialists focus on non-surgical solutions for injuries.

Whether they are the team physicians making sure every professional player is performing safely and at their best, or community specialists getting you back in the game after a sprained ankle, sports medicine doctors are there to make sure you’re in good condition to lead an active life.