History

Founded in 1983, and funded by the Albert Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (now Alberta Sport Connection), the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta (SMCA) was comprised of sport medicine physicians, sport physiotherapists, athletic therapists and sport scientists.  The cooperative function of these individuals is to promote and coordinate the provision of sport medicine programs and services for the Alberta sport community. These professional members provide their services to assist in making Alberta a healthy and safe environment for sport and recreational activities.

The SMCA had four founding Provider groups:

1)    Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) (formally Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine) (CASM)

Founded in 1970, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASeM) is a not-for-profit organization of physicians committed to excellence in the practice of medicine as it applies to all aspects of physical activity. To find out more information or to join CASEM, please visit their website at www.casm-acms.org/.

2)    Sport Science Association of Alberta (SSAA)

The Sport Science Association of Alberta (SSAA) was formed in 1985 as a provincial organization of sport scientists. Sport science is a general term which includes the disciplines of biomechanics, pedagogy, psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition and sport administration. The SSAA is housed within the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta  The SSAA's research studies are published yearly in the Fall/Winter issue of the Pulse Magazine. For more information on the SSAA, please visit their website.

3)    Alberta Athletic Therapists Association (AATA)

Rooted in the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA), the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association is a member-based organization of Certified Athletic Therapists (AT). These highly trained professionals are expertly trained in the areas of: injury assessment and rehabilitation, emergency care, education and total active care. Their evidence based techniques (both traditional and contemporary) help return people to an active lifestyle. For more information on the AATA, please visit their website at www.aata.ca/.  For more information on the CATA, please visit their website at www.athletictherapy.org/index.aspx .

4)    Alberta Physiotherapy Association (APA)

The Alberta Physiotherapy Association (APA) is a provincial organization which offers physical therapists throughout Alberta, professional services and representation. It is a voluntary organization with close to 1400 licensed physiotherapists and students in the province. The APA works in partnership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  For more information on the APA, please visit their website at www.albertaphysio.org/.  For more information on the CPA, please visit their website at www.physiotherapy.ca/.

 

NOW....

   The Sport Medicine Council of Alberta (SMCA) collaborates with a variety of groups that helps support the mission and vision of the SMCA.

 

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