Sports Medicine

What is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician?

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians have specialized training and skills to provide medical expertise for all active patients. This may include:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Treatment of exercise related medical problems such as concussion, asthma and osteoarthritis.
  • Illness and injury prevention and the recommendation of exercise and physical activity for well being and the prevention of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
  • Care provided for all levels of active individuals, from the recreational participant to the elite or professional athlete.

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians have experience with injections, bracing, exercise prescription, pre-participation medical assessments, anti-doping and sporting event medical coverage as well.

Meet Dr. Margaret Burghardt

Margaret Burghardt BSc. MD. CCFP. Dip. Sport Med (CASEM)

Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr. Margaret Burghardt is a Fellowship trained Physician with over 20 years experience in Sport and Exercise Medicine. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Western University. She successfully obtained the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) in 1996. Dr. Burghardt is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and an MSK Preceptor for the University of Toronto Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a former team physician for Western University and Georgian College Varsity teams. Dr. Burghardt currently sits on the Board of CASEM and is also the Chair of the CASEM Publications Committee.
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She provides care to active people and athletes of all ages and skill levels, from youth in recreational sport, to the adult hoping to be fit and prevent chronic disease, to the elite competitive athlete. She has worked at International Games such as the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games in Toronto and Winnipeg, the World Cycling Championships, and the World Triathlon Championships. She has travelled internationally as team physician with Athletics Canada and has extra training in the Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries. She has extensive knowledge of concussion care and is certified with Complete Concussion Care Management.

On a personal note, Dr. Burghardt enjoys many outdoor activities including running and cross country skiing. She has participated in triathlons and half marathons over many years and enjoys hiking and cycle touring, most recently in California, Croatia and New Zealand.

Expertise and Experience


  • Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Western University 1995.
  • Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), 1996
  • Advanced Team Physician Course, CASEM, 2014

Current Academic Posts

  • Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Dept. of Family Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON
  • MSK Preceptor / Lecturer, Family Medicine Teaching Unit, University of Toronto Family Medicine Residency Program, Royal Victoria Hospital Barrie site, Barrie, ON
  • Current Board Member, Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) 2015 –
  • Current Chair, Publications Committee, CASEM 2012-

Sport Medicine Event Coverage

  • Canada Cup Mountain Biking Championship ON
  • Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Host Medical Team, ON
  • Muskoka Ironman Medical Team, ON
  • Athletics Canada Team Physician, Pan Am Junior Championships, Trinidad
  • Athletics Canada Team Physician, NACAC U23 Championships, Mexico
  • World Road Cycling Championships, ON
  • Pan Am Games, Winnipeg

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