McGill University, Montreal, Canada
McGill University is nestled in the south facade of historic Mount Royal in the heart of Montreal. Its Faculty of Medicine is the oldest in the country with four primary teaching hospitals in close proximity to the university grounds and several affiliated institutions involved in training its students enrolled in its health professions (medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, speech language pathology) programmes.
The medical staff working at the various teaching institutions (including the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, CBI-Concordia Physio Sport, and McGill Sport Medicine Clinic) have provided medical coverage for provincial, national and international soccer events assisting athletes from all walks of life – from the weekend warrior to the Olympian and the professional athlete. The primary goal of our programme is to get the athlete back to sport safely. This is accomplished by using the services of primary care sport medicine physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians as well as the expertise of fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologists and physiatrists who work together to establish the diagnoses of various sport-related pathologies and instituting an appropriate treatment plan. Other health professionals also involved with the group consist of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, certified athletic therapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, and certified strength and conditioning coaches who are able to tailor the rehabilitation to the athlete’s specific needs.
In addition to providing clinical services to the sport community, our health-care providers are actively involved in research activities with direct implications in the sports domain. Specifically, there is considerable work being done on concussion in sport, with an emphasis on the reporting, diagnosis and management, and strategies to promote a safe return to play. Other areas of interest include injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), with a particular interest in injury prevention as well as gait modification in response to injury and general return to play guidelines with respect to principle stake-holders.
The ultimate goal of the institution is to bring together the expertise of the various specialists within our medical community so that the best care can be offered to all “athletes” of all ages and all levels of activity. This requires the creation of preventive strategies as they relate to training principles, nutrition, and ageing.
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