The Role of Professionals
Sports Medicine Physicians
The doctor of sports medicine has training and expertise in the evaluation of the muscular-skeletal system. Furthermore, he specializes in the management of physical activity for at-risk populations, such as, sufferers of obesity, diabetes, cardiac problems and COPD.
The orthopedic surgeon is the one who can best decide whether or not a patient's problem requires more specific investigation that could lead to surgical intervention. General practitioners and physiotherapists often seek out their services in order to obtain their professional opinion.
Armed with solid university training, the physiotherapist is qualified to efficiently evaluate and treat problems of a neuro-musculo-skeletal (orthopedic) nature. The physiotherapist will help to establish realistic objectives and propose appropriate treatment plans. If necessary, he/she will ask for the expertise of the sports medicine physician or the orthopedic surgeon.
The massage therapist may be called upon to work in collaboration with the physiotherapists in the case of certain injuries. Also, he/she provides a service to those clients who may benefit from the relaxing effects of massage.
The nutritionist may be called upon to work with any variety of our clients. She is qualified to provide nutritional information and guidance to high level or regular performance athletes as well as to people with specific health conditions, such as: obesity, diabetes or cardiac complications.
This professional in the field of psychology can play a determining role in attaining goals which have been set. This expert in psychology is trained to recommend strategies to overcome the roadblocks to optimal rehabilitation or performance; for example, lack of motivation and poor stress management.