What is Sports Medicine and What Injuries and Conditions Does it Treat?

Many people associate the field of sports medicine with competitive athletes. This is unfortunate, as sports medicine applies to many classes of people, in addition to competitive athletes. Because of this, it would more appropriately be called "activity medicine".

The sports medicine specialty deals with diagnosis and treatment of activity related injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, bones and joints, whether they be from sports, work or other "nonsport" related causes.

Sport Medicine is especially concerned with nonsurgical approaches to treating these injuries. In addition, sports medicine doctors require indepth understanding and knowledge of several other areas, including nutrition, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, internal medicine, pregnancy and exercise as well as biomechanics.

Who Qualifies as a Sport Medicine Physician in Canada?

To be a sport medicine physician in Canada, first one must be a Medical Doctor registered with the local provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons. The individual must then pass a rigorous certification exam administered by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). Successful completion of this exam confers the designation of "Diploma of Sport Medicine" after the doctor's name, often abbreviated as "Dip Sp Med."

Are There Any Other Certifications For Sport Medicine Physicians?

Yes. Many Canadian Sport Medicine Physicians have acquired fellowship or postgraduate training in Sport Medicine from various national and international universities and other institutions. One such postgraduate degree is a Master Degree in Sport Medicine, designated as "M Sp Med".

How Do I Find a Qualified Sport Medicine Doctor in my Area?

You may contact your family doctor, who may know of an individual with appropriate training and credentials and thus arrange a referral. Alternatively, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine can be contacted for more information about qualified sports doctors in your area.

Does SEMI Offer Sport Medicine Consultation?

Yes, SEMI offers sport medicine consultations, with sport medicine doctors who have been certified by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), in addition to possessing many other relevant credentials.

Do I Need a Referral to See a Sports Medicine Doctor at SEMI?

We always encourage involving your family doctor, but strictly speaking, you do not need a referral to consult with the sport medicine doctors at SEMI.

Is a Sport Medicine Consultation Covered By My Health Plan?

Currently, in Canada, consulting with a sports medicine doctor is covered by our health plan. The following apply for a sports medicine consultation:

  • Coverage from the Provincial Health Plan for Canadian Residents (OHIP inOntario)
  • Private fees apply for non Canadian Residents

Contact SEMI to schedule a sports medicine consultation with one of our highly qualified sports medicine doctors. SEMI is highly specialized in the sports medicine field, and has some of Toronto's most esteemed sports medicine physicians on staff.

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Toronto, ON
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Phone: (416) 223-7364 (SEMI)
Fax: (416) 223-8048
Email: sheppard@semisportmed.com

Monday: 7 – 7
Tuesday: 7 – 7
Wednesday: 7 – 7
Thursday: 7 – 7
Friday: 7 – 5:30
Saturday: Open last Saturday of each month, (times vary) except long weekends, July and August
Sunday: Closed
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Suite 410
Toronto, ON
M4V 1M2

Phone: (416) 927-7364 (SEMI)
Fax: (647) 930-9536
Email: stclair@semisportmed.com
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Tuesday: 7 – 3
Wednesday: 7 – 3
Thursday: 7 – 3
Friday: 7 – 3
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Thornhill, ON
L4J 1W5

Phone: (289) 459-7364
Fax: (905) 731-3336
Email: thornhill@semisportmed.com
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Tuesday: 9 – 5
Wednesday: 11 – 7
Thursday: 11 – 6
Friday: 9 – 2
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