Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of injuries incurred during sports activities, exercises or physical fitness training. Sports medicine devices therefore, include a wide range of products utilized for the prevention, recovery and cure of injuries related to the above physical activities. These injuries consist of fractures, sprains, soft tissue damage, joint dislocation, strain and musculoskeletal injuries. The increased global adoption of western sports has given rise to injuries that drive the market for sports medicine devices. Additionally, the growing demand for outpatient, minimally invasive surgeries, the growing awareness regarding the maintenance of an active lifestyle and the changing reimbursement landscape for innovative surgical technologies are key factors contributing to the growth of the sports medicine devices market.
On the other hand, the lack of trained professionals for sports medicine and the exorbitant price of certain devices and products serve to hinder market growth. Nevertheless, a general apprehension of the benefits of sports medicine devices- made possible through training programs and market penetration, and expansion in emerging countries of the Asia-Pacific region present key opportunities for the growth of this market. Technological advancements and the discovery of novel technologies are principle strategies followed by major players in this market. The key companies profiled in this report are Arthrocare Corporation, Biomet, Inc., Arthrex, Inc., Cayenne Medical Inc, Breg Inc., Zimmer Inc., Wright Medical Group Inc., Smith & Nephew Inc., Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc., and FH Orthopedics Inc. amongst others.
The global sports medicine market is segmented into product type, application area and geography. On the basis of product type the market is segmented into orthopedic and support and recovery products. Orthopedic products include arthroscopy devices, fracture repair devices, artificial joint implants, orthobiologics and prosthesis. Support and recovery products include surgical equipment, compression clothing, support devices, tapes, bandages and others. Arthroscopy devices dominate the market due to their joint-related issues. Fracture repair devices and artificial joint implants are also gaining ground due to the rising incidence of fractures and growing demand for joint replacements.
On the basis of application, the market is segmented into Hand-wrist, Shoulders, Ankle-foot, Arm-elbow, Knee, Back-spine and Hip-groin. Shoulder and Knee treatment generated the highest revenue as most sports injuries are knee-related. Furthermore, the increasing number of age-related complications caused by diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis is also fueling market growth.
In terms of geography, the market is segmented into various regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and LAMEA. North America holds the largest market share and will retain its position throughout the estimated period due to the widespread acceptance of various sports which inevitably result in injuries and the increasing number of specialized sports services. Europe held the second largest market share due to the growing demand for the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries. That said, the Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing region in this market due to the rise in the number of sport injuries, growing fitness awareness among the elderly as well as the youth, favorable government regulations for sports devices and improving healthcare infrastructure.
The sports medicine market is segmented according to product type, application and geography as follows:
By Product type
By Application Area
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