Sports Medicine

Sport and exercise medicine (SEM) is specialty practiced by physicians who have completed their post-graduate fellowship. SEM physicians are typically also practicing physicians in family medicine, physiatry and/or emergency medicine.

runningdoc27s-1-web Specializing in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals, sports and exercise medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal conditions. SEM doctors treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as cardiorespiratory (heart/lung) issues, neurological (concussion/brain) conditions and chronic conditions (diabetes). SEM doctors also advise on managing and preventing injuries.


  images Sport and exercise physicians are members of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Their training involves working at all levels of sports tournaments, including the provision of on-field coverage for athletes. Sport medicine physicians can be an alternative or precursor to surgical or invasive methods, as they can consult on exercise, nutrition, body mechanics and playing strategies. SEM physicians can also provide requisitions for diagnostic imaging, bloodwork, orthotics, physiotherapy and massage therapy.


    Common sports injuries treated by SEM physicians include:
  • Concussion – caused by severe head injury where the brain moves heavily within the skull, causing a variety of physical and neurological symptoms
  • Muscle Cramps – a sudden tight, intense pain caused by a muscle locked in spasm.
  • Knee/Meniscal Injuries – the ligaments and menisci in the knee work to protect and lubricate the joint. These structures can become irritated and/or injured during sport, causing pain and instability.
  • ACL Tears – The anterior cruciate ligament; one of four major knee ligament necessary for comfortable knee movement, can tear from excessive planting and pivoting during sport, causing the knee to “give out”
  • Ankle Sprain – The ligaments that hold the ankle bones in place can easily be overstretched
  • Shin Splints – The tissue that attaches the muscles of your lower leg to the shin bone may be pulling away from the bone, or it may be inflamed from overuse.
  • Pregnancy & Post-partum athletes – the female body undergoes significant changes during, and after pregnancy. Returning to sport can become difficult as a result of structural changes, overstretched ligaments, and strained and weak muscles

More information about Sport and Exercise Medicine can be found here.

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