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What is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician…or Sport Doctor?

Sport and exercise medicine encompasses the medicine and science of movement, sport performance and physical activity for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Sport medicine doctors have unique expertise about injuries or conditions involving muscles, joints, and the other tissues of the musculoskeletal system. They are knowledgeable about sport performance and physical activity, whether at the elite, developmental or recreational levels.

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians may be Family Physicians, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Paediatricians or Physiatrists (Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialists) who have specialized additional training and shown skill and expertise in successfully challenging rigorous exams.

At LiveActive Sport Medicine Health and Performance, Sport and Exercise Physicians promote physical and mental health and well being through physical activity and optimal nutrition. Sport Medicine Doctors are available at both LiveActive in Etobicoke and LiveActive in the Annex.

What does a Sport Medicine Doctor Treat

Injuries

Sport and Exercise Medicine physicians assess and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system such as overuse injuries like tendonitis, muscle or ligament strains and sprains, or traumatic injuries like joint dislocations and fractures. Sport Medicine physicians provide advice about activity modification, cross training, safe return to sport and activity plus injury prevention through performance optimization. Injuries can include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprains, strains
  • Concussions
  • Limping or other gait abnormalities
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament/tendon injuries

Concussions

Sport Medicine Doctors at LiveActive have over 15 years experience treating sport-related concussions. LiveActive uses the Complete Concussion Management protocol and is up to date with current international guidelines for the management of concussions. With an emphasis on the safe return to sport in young athletes, LiveActive physicians are involved in every stage of the return to play protocol.  The Sport and Exercise Physicians coordinate comprehensive assessments and timely return to play protocols in conjunction with trained Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. For more information on the LiveActive’s concussion diagnosis, treatment, and management protocols, please click here: Complete Concussion 

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Sport Performance and Injury Prevention

Optimal performance requires optimal training and injury recovery/ prevention. The Sport Medicine Doctor at LiveActive Sport Med complete comprehensive pre-season assessments for individual athletes, performers or teams and recommend appropriate mental, nutritional and physical strategies to improve health, well being and performance.

Other Health Concerns

Many patients are athletes, but sport and exercise medicine physicians also assist individuals to improve their physical activity skills as part of comprehensive treatment of other medical problems like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Sport and Exercise Medicine physicians are also knowledgeable about safe exercise and fitness during pregnancy and the post- partum period.

Comprehensive Medical Care

The sport and exercise medicine physicians at LiveActive Sport Medicine provide an accurate diagnosis based on the history of the condition, a detailed physical exam and appropriate and timely investigations. They coordinate care with other members of the team such as Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Fascial Stretch Therapists, Dietician and Sport Psychologist to design an individualized treatment and injury prevention programme. Like the coach, choreographer or conductor, they bring together the skills of the team for optimal recovery and sport performance.

To book an appointment with a LiveActive Sport Medicine Doctor, or to learn more call 416-201-9770 or email info@liveactivesportmed.com