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What do Sport Medicine Physicians do?

Sport Medicine Physicians are specialist doctors that deal with the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. They have completed medical school and then a specialist training program (i.e. Residency) in a discipline such as Family Medicine or Emergency Medicine. Following Residency, they do a Fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine to become certified and earn the designation "Dip Sport Med".

The foundation of injury management begins with establishing a specific diagnosis for the problem. This may be A Physician with a Patientaccomplished with a physical examination in combination with imaging modalities such as X-ray, Ultrasound, and MRI. Once the specific diagnosis has been determined, treatment can be initiated. Treatments may include medications, injections, referral for therapy, or referral for surgery.

In addition to injury treatment, Sport Medicine Physicians also help manage medical problems like asthma or mental health issues that may affect performance or participation in exercise. They also help guide patients with exercise prescriptions to help with weight loss, to keep active during pregnancy, and to help manage chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Sport Medicine Physicians work in our integrated team, connecting you with the right care, whether physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, or psychology. Patients range from adolescents to elderly, and from weekend warriors to professional athletes.

Sport Medicine Physicians require a referral

Clinicians with a Practice ID (Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Family Doctors etc) can provide this referral via detailed letter or by completing our referral form and faxing it in.

Currently, our Sport Medicine Physicians are available at our Seton location.

Sport Related Concussions

One of the most common referrals to a Sport Medicine Physician is for a sport-related Concussion. In Seton, Dr. Wowk collaborates closely with concussion trained physiotherapists to diagnose, rehabilitate and return-to-play following the latest protocols and evidence.

Who pays for a visit to the Physician?

The fees to see a Sport Medicine Physician are covered by Alberta Health.

Sport Related Concussion Program

Have you had a sports related concussion in the last 6 weeks? You may be a candidate for our

Concussion Program In Seton

Our Collaborative Concussion Clinic is an evidence-based program that is multi-disciplinary in nature. It was designed to appropriately assess and manage individuals who may have suffered a sport or recreational related concussion and provide them with a progressive return to mental and physical activity based on the latest protocols. This team based approach includes seeing a Physiotherapist and Sport Medicine Physician. Depending on your assessment, the team may refer you to other specialists to help aid in your recovery.

You may qualify for the program if:

  • You have a sport-related concussion (diagnosed or suspected)
  • It is within six weeks of original onset
  • You are over the age of 13
  • The concussion is not related to a vehicle collision
  • The concussion is not related to a WCB injury

Call Seton to register

How do you know if a concussion is serious?

When a concussion is serious, please go directly to the emergency department, especially if you have any of these Red Flag symptoms:

  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs

Whether you've had a concussion in hockey, volleyball, swimming or any sport, our team starts small to get you on the right path, then expands depending on your medical needs! You will start with Dr. Cory Wowk (MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med) and Kristen Hunter, PT.

Dr Cory Wowk at Momentum Health Seton

Dr Wowk was Team Doctor for the 2017-18 Men's National Gold Medal Hockey Canada World Junior team; 2016 Hockey Canada Men's National Under 18 Team Physician; 2014 Hockey Canada Men's National Under 17 Team Physician; Head Physician for Hockey Canada Men's National Para Ice Hockey; Team Doctor for the Okotoks Dawgs college and academy teams and brings his clinical experience with hockey to Albertans.

Kristen Hunter, PT, Momentum Health Seton

Kristen realized her passion for rehabilitation after sustaining an ACL injury as a minor soccer player. As a result, she is able to appreciate first hand the effect therapy can have on recovery. Kristen received her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy in 2015 from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2012 from the University of Calgary. Kristen has worked in a variety of physiotherapy settings, but has a special interest in vestibular, concussion and orthopedic rehabilitation. Kristen has completed additional training in dizziness, balance, and concussion assessment/treatment and uses Frenzel goggles as an advanced diagnostic and treatment tool.

What Does The Program Cost?

While treatment options vary, the original assessment is covered by Alberta Health (or other provincial plans).

Which Clinic is this at?

3815 Front St SE #129

We Treat Your Individual Concerns

We follow the most up-to-date guidelines

We collaborate with the right practitioner at the right time

We tailor a plan to your needs

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Arrive on Time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment for paperwork completion

Bring Your Provinicial Healthcare Card

Your appointment will take up to 60 minutes. Your first assessment will be with a Physiotherapist and Sport Medicine Physician. Collaboratively, they will assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan which may include physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage therapy, or a referral to other appropriate specialists.

Why Sport and Recreation Related Concussions Only?

We can still see you for all manner of concussions! You just may not necessarily see the Sport Medicine Physician and payment will be through your benefits.

However, to answer the question, if you've ever been in a car crash, it changes your driving habits. You are doing everything you can to avoid that damage (and possibly concussion) again. In sport, medical help and proper clearance is the best way to prevent further injury. To keep wait times low for a high-risk population, we accept only sport and recreation related concussions to this specific program.

Sport related concussions need to follow the guidelines born out of the Berlin Consensus that have been published by Parachute Canada and the Canadian Concussion Collaborative - namely multidisciplinary, physician led management and treatment.

Make use of this free Concussion Recognition Tool for parents, teachers and the public

Teachers and coaches can use the Return to Learn Protocols for school

Also check out this free University of Calgary/Laval "MOOC" Concussion education course for parents, teachers, health care professionals and coaches.

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