Why Sports Medicine Is Great For Athletes—And Everyone Else Too

//Why Sports Medicine Is Great For Athletes—And Everyone Else Too

Why Sports Medicine Is Great For Athletes—And Everyone Else Too

By |2019-01-07T18:17:10+00:00December 6th, 2018|Blog|

By: Coco Ang, PT

Competitive sports require athletes to achieve feats that no common man could. Given the intensity of sports and the need to maintain excellent performance; athletes must endure prolonged and intense training regimens.

Due to the rigorous training and the uncertainties of participating in any sport injuries are often inevitable.  This is where sports medicine comes into play as sports medicine physicians and therapists are great at diagnosing and treating injuries.

Sports medicine has had to constantly improve to offer athletes newer and more effective treatments to help them regain their original form and function post injuries as severe as muscle and ligament tears and fractures.

One of the biggest myths of sports medicine is to believe that sports medicine treatments are limited only to athletes.  This is completely not true! Athlete or not, many of the treatments implemented to treat sport injuries are also utilized for repetitive strain injuries (RSI) or degenerative conditions.  Sports medicine has just helped push the envelope of developing quicker and better treatment options for the average person.

The innovations in sports medicine have shown to reduce healing time and improve mobility as compared to traditional methods of treating musculoskeletal conditions. Sports medicine involves a combination of treatment techniques that take into account the physical and the psychological effects of orthopaedic trauma.

In light of these developments, sports medicine and rehabilitation treatments take a multi-disciplinary approach towards patient care. Treatment plans can even include sports counseling to deal with the psychological impacts of injury and educating patients in the prevention of future.

Although many people are aware of physiotherapy and massage therapy in the recovery of sports injuries. newer areas of sports medicine involve treatment options such as: regenerative stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP)injections which can offer further improvements on slow-healing injuries.

Sports medicine is slowly developing into a field that takes a much more holistic approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. As a result of this, sport medicine has been expanded to not just the medical care of athletes but also to those who suffer non-sports injuries.

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics are greater Toronto area based sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics that offer a wide range of services including diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries as well as the prescription and measuring of exercise aids and bracing.

To learn more about them, get in touch with us by calling at 1-844-223-7364. Our services are offered in the greater Toronto area at Sheppard, St. Clair and Thornhill

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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