Sports Health Program

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Cleveland Clinic Canada's Sports Health program is designed to meet the medical, nutritional and fitness needs of recreational and professional athletes as well as individuals who experience muscle and joint pain.

Our multidisciplinary team include specialists in sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, orthopaedics, massage therapy, osteopathy and physiotherapy. Through collaboration, they reach beyond treating the symptom to restore musculoskeletal function and improve athletic performance.

Our assessments, diagnostics and treatment will help you discover and maximize your performance while educating you on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries.

Ideal for

Recreational and professional athletes, performing artists and persons seeking to improve their physical ability and/or suffering from an injury.

Individuals who experience muscle and joint pain.

Benefits

  • Our program customizes strategies to advance your athletic performance and reduce your chances of future injuries.
  • Our multidisciplinary team collaborates to ensure patients progress seamlessly from rehabilitation to a phase that is focused on fitness and peak performance.  
  • Our team can help the following:
    • Neck, back and shoulder pain
    • Arthritis and joint pain
    • Headaches
    • Chronic pain
    • Muscle strains and ligament sprains
    • Herniated discs
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Athletic knee injuries
    • Customized training plans for athletes with specific limitations (heart disease, asthma, etc)
    • And much more

Highlights

  • Premier clinical team includes orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, registered massage therapist, osteopath, exercise physiologists and registered dietitians.
  • On-site imaging in a convenient downtown Toronto location.
  • Most treatments are managed without surgery though we will provide a referral if surgical intervention is medically necessary.

Coverage

Consultations with sports health physicians are covered by provincial health plans.

Additional rehabilitation and wellness services such as physiotherapy, exercise physiology, chiropractic, massage therapy, osteopathy and nutrition are not covered by provincial health plans but may be partially or fully covered by extended health insurance plans.

The coverage for each carrier is different; please check your plan to see what coverage is available for this type of service.

Assessment

Our Sports Health program at Cleveland Clinic Canada begins with a thorough assessment of the patient’s physical concerns by a sports medicine physician.

This may be followed by:

  • Specialized diagnostic testing. This would include imaging and other relevant tests to ensure the most accurate diagnosis.
  • Surgical evaluation. While most sports-related conditions can be managed without surgery, some may require further consideration and orthopaedic consultation. Our specialists will ensure you understand the benefits of surgical intervention against its potential risks.

Injury Treatment, Education & Prevention

Following your assessment, the sports medicine physician will develop a personalized treatment plan for you which may include an array of non-surgical treatments from our physiotherapists and/or chiropractors.

One of our senior physiotherapists will help patients rehabilitate their current injury through manual therapy, active exercise and modalities such as acupuncture and ultrasound. Through education and timely progression of exercise and activity, he will work with you to prevent future injury.

Chiropractic care is closely integrated into our approach to manage sports-related and non-sports related pain and dysfunction. It helps to restore normal joint mechanics and soft tissue elasticity. Our chiropractor uses a variety of interventions to optimize treatment results, including Graston Technique, Active Release Technique and spinal adjustment.

Performance Optimization

Other Sports Health team members are available to work with you to maximize your performance.

Our exercise physiologists use clinical data from metabolic testing (VO2), exercise tolerance tests (stress tests), laboratory tests and strength, range-of-motion and agility measures to create plans for improved health and performance.

Our registered sports dietitians can help active individuals achieve health and performance goals through appropriate weight and body-fat control. In addition, they can develop specific plans for training and competition to address diet, hydration and supplementation.

Our osteopath will use non-invasive manual therapies that focus on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine as well as the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Our registered massage therapist can help reduce pain, decrease stress and enhance immune function by using a variety of massage techniques to address and treat disorders of the body, promote healing, and reach higher levels of health and wellness.