Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians

Dr. Erika Persson

What is your role at the GSSMC?

I am the Pediatric Sport Medicine Physician at the GSSMC.

Do you hold any positions outside the clinic?

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

What is your clinical speciality?

The Pediatric Sport Medicine program specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation guidance of sport and exercise related illness and injury for active children and adolescents.  I have a special interest in performing arts medicine with a focus on dance medicine and injury.

What did you study and where?

From 2001 to 2005 I completed my medical school training at the University of Alberta.  My Pediatric Residency from 2005 to 2009, was also completed at the University of Alberta.  I completed additional Fellowship Training in Pediatric Sport and Exercise Medicine from 2009 to 2010 at the University of Manitoba.  I hold a diploma from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (2010) and am an active member of the Academy and am the current Pediatric Sport Medicine Committee Chair.

Do you have any specific research interests & publications?

My research interests are in Medical Education.  I have a number of publications in both print and radio for the lay public on sport and exercise medicine issues that face our youth today including concussion, early sport participation, and burnout in youth sport.  I regularly speak at local and national events and conferences as well as lecturing at the U of A Medical School providing a Pediatric Sport Medicine perspective on various issues.

Do you work specific days/hours?

Monday afternoons, and Thursday & Friday full days.  I also run a weekly drop-in clinic for student athletes attending Vimy Ridge Academy.

Are you affiliated with any teams?

I am a Team Physician for Skate Canada working with our high performance and national figure skating teams.  I have been involved with host medical services for the Canada Summer Games in 2013 and 2015 as well as Alberta Summer and Winter games 2012 and 2016.  I was part of Team Canada for the 2015 Summer Universiade in South Korea and most recently was the Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer Norway.

What is your favourite way to stay active?

My favourite way to stay active is by dancing and doing barre fitness classes.  I also enjoy walking and cycling.