Why We Exist
The Banff Sport Medicine Foundation (BSMF) was founded in 2017 by a group of like-minded individuals who believe there is a better way to deliver care in the area of orthopaedic sport medicine. Based on the extensive research and real-life experiences of a unique group of medical practitioners, the BSMF believes that early intervention and a full continuum approach to orthopedic care will deliver life changing benefits to patients and the community as a whole.
The current pathway for patient referral to orthopaedic surgery in Canada is generally very fragmented and poorly integrated with other health care providers. This often results in the injured patient waiting to see the incorrect health care provider, leading to long delays in treatment, and increased health care costs. The two main “stressors“ for patients entering into the healthcare system are excessive wait times, and inadequate understanding or expectation of the care pathway. This problem is only amplified if the patient is sent to an inappropriate specialist or down an incorrect pathway.
The Vision of the BSMF is to support world-class sport medicine and arthroscopy clinical care, research and education. We plan to carry out this Vision by building a new, state-of-the-art orthopedic clinic and research facility to effectively integrate a multi-disciplinary team: getting the patient to the right healthcare provider at the right time. This model can improve clinical outcomes and enhance the physical and mental well-being of patients.
Another primary goal of BSMF at this time is to create and build a sustaining fund that will enable us to expand on the success of our research and education programs.