About the Clinic

The University of Alberta's Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic is a multi-faceted facility that serves the needs of all active individuals, whether you're a recreational player, a varsity athlete, or you just love to exercise and stay active. We are open to anyone who wants to feel better in their body.

The clinic consists of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, kinesiologists, massage therapists and orthotists who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, sport and exercise-related concerns. We are committed to being an evidence-based clinical practice.


The mandate of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic is to provide interdisciplinary patient and client care while ensuring financial viability. We are committed to:

  • Providing evidence-based and patient-centered care: We will use the latest technology and best practices to optimize performance, prevent injury, and facilitate recovery.
  • Fostering innovation: We will continuously evaluate and improve our processes, facilities, and technology to ensure that we eliminate barriers and remain at the forefront of sports medicine.
  • Maintaining financial stability: We will prioritize financial viability and sustainability and stewardship in all of our decisions, while investing in our facilities and staff in order to provide the highest quality of care.
  • Building a culture of excellence and compassion: We will create a welcoming and inclusive environment that prioritizes the needs and goals of our patients and supports them in beginning or maintaining their journeys to a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Being a leader in the field: We will set the standard for sports medicine care and be recognized as a premier sports medicine clinic both nationally and internationally.

By following this mandate, the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic will provide exceptional care to athletes and active individuals, while also ensuring that we are financially viable and able to continue serving the community for years to come.


Plans to introduce a sports medicine clinic at the University of Alberta began in 1986. The official opening of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic was celebrated with the inaugural Carnival of Champions on October 11, 1988. Dr. David Reid served as the founding director of the clinic and his expertise, along with the support of many people from the U of A, the public sector, and the private sector helped establish this world-renowned centre.

The clinic's name honours former Edmonton Oilers coach and executive, Glen Sather, who championed preventive sports medicine and innovative connections with the U of A. Sather and the Oilers worked with the Edmonton Eskimos to create the Carnival of Champions to help raise money for the clinic — a fundraiser that proved so successful it grew and eventually became the Edmonton Oilers Foundation.

In 2012, the clinic moved from the Van Vliet Centre (beside the Butterdome) to the more expansive quarters in the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, which is located in the heart of the U of A's health sciences facilities. It also has a new administrative home with Campus Services.

Over the years, the Glen Sather has grown to encompass the work of dozens of professionals who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. These professionals include sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapists, massage therapists and orthotists.

From its first location in the Van Vliet Centre to its new home in the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, the Glen Sather Clinic has a rich history that spans over 25 years.

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