Explanation of Sport Science and Sport Medicine Service Provider Qualifications

 

The Sport Medicine & Science Council (SMSCS) is a nonprofit organization under Sask Sport Inc (SSI) that has been providing sport science and sport medicine programs and services to athletes and teams for the past 30 years. We are also the contracted service providers for the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan (CSCS).

Our priority clientele (Sask Sport Inc members) receive limited free funding to access the programs and services that we provide.  This clientele includes Provincial Sport Governing Bodies, District Sport, Culture & Recreation Associations, University Varsity Teams, Sask Games Council, North American Indigenous Games, Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association and the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan, as well as registered CSCS athletes.  Other athletes and teams may also access services on a fee-for-service basis.

The Council’s services are extensive, with the majority being provided by a network of approved Consultants across the province.  Consultants must apply to the SMSCS through a formal application process in order to represent the Council and be able to invoice us for services rendered to our clients.  Consultants representing the SMSCS are deemed as “experts” by the Council within their science or medicine discipline they have been approved to provide consulting in.   Each discipline has high standards for educational qualifications which are in line with the other Canadian Sport Centre’s & Institutes across Canada. It is because of these high quality educational qualifications that the SMSCS is seen as a leader of sport science and sport medicine expertise within the province by Sask Sport Inc and many other provincial organizations.

We are aware that there are many other educational credentials or certifications that service providers within the private industry may have obtained.  However, the following are the required SMSCS Consultant minimum qualifications for each Science and Medicine discipline.

 

 Sport Dietitian – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Nutrition (preferred with M.Sc.) and a Registered Dietitian.

  • Must have valid liability insurance
  • Should have teaching/presentation experience
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes and be actively involved in high performance sport science (new applicants must have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge & experience)

 

Exercise Physiologist – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Master of Science or Master of Kinesiology or Post Graduate Diploma in Kinesiology Relevant to the Science of Exercise Physiology

  • Must have valid liability insurance
  • Should have teaching/presentation experience
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes and be actively involved in high performance sport science (new applicants must have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge & experience)
  • Must have one of the following certifications; CSCS, CSEP-CEP, ACSM-ET
  • Should be a member in one of the following; NSCA, SKESA, CSEP, ACSM

 

Strength & Conditioning Specialist – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Must have a post-secondary degree in a health science related field

  • Must have valid liability insurance
  • Should have teaching/presentation experience
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes and be actively involved in high performance sport science (new applicants must have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge & experience)
  • Must have Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP) designation
  • Should be a member in one of the following; NSCA, SKESA, CSEP, ACSM

 

Sport Biomechanist – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Master of Science or Master of Kinesiology

  • Must have valid liability insurance
  • Should have teaching/presentation experience
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes and be actively involved in high performance sport science (new applicants must have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge & experience)
  • Must have experience with video analysis & technical skill analysis

 

Mental Performance Consultant – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, Science, Arts, or Education with relevance in sport psychology or sport mental skills.

Experience

  • Applicants must have 50 hours of practical experience during the past 24 months.
  • Approximately 10% observing, 20% prep, 70% direct contact with individuals & groups
  • This experience must be within our core competency areas presenting or counseling to athletes in the area of sport psychology or sport mental skills.

 

Sport Massage Therapist – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Diploma of Sport Massage Therapy through CSMTA

  • Must be a registered massage therapist
  • Must be a graduate of a 2200-hour curriculum based massage therapy school
  • Must be licensed to practice in the province of Saskatchewan
  • Should be a member of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA)
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must have valid liability insurance

 

Sport Therapist – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Diploma or Certificate of Sport Physiotherapy

  • Must hold a current license with Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapy (SCPT)
  • Must be a member in good standing of Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) and Sport Physiotherapy Saskatchewan (SPS)
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must have valid liability insurance

OR

Certified Athletic Therapist through Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA)

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and Saskatchewan Athletic Therapy Association (SATA)
  • Must be a certified member of the CATA
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must have valid liability insurance

 

 Sport Chiropractor – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Sport Science Fellowship with the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (Canada) aka: RCCSS

  • Must be a member in good standing with the Chiropractors Association of Saskatchewan and/or the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (Canada) aka: RCCSS
  • Must be licensed in the jurisdiction where they practice
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must have valid liability insurance.

 

Sport Physician – SMSCS Minimum Qualifications

Diploma of Sport Medicine through CASEM

  • Must have an unrestricted license in Canada and be actively practicing in Canada
  • The primary care physician must be a member in good standing with the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and the Saskatchewan Academy of Sport Medicine (SASM)
  • Other specialists, certified as FRCPC or FRSCS do not require a CASEM diploma
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must have valid liability insurance

 

Other Sport Medicine Service Providers – 


The Council also has dedicated physicians, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors and registered massage therapists who have an interest in sport medicine that provide services on our behalf in the service areas of:

  • Medical Coverage at Events
  • Initial injury and functional assessment
  • Drug Education and Awareness Workshop

These dedicated service providers:

  • Must be licensed in the jurisdiction where they practice
  • Should have experience working with high performance athletes
  • Must take an educational “in service” to instruct the Drug Education and Awareness Workshop
  • Must have valid liability insurance.