Sport & Exercise Medicine Physicians

Dr. Marni Wesner

What is your role at the GSSMC?

I am a Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultant whose sport medicine practice encompasses all levels of athletes, from the weekend warrior to the elite and Olympic caliber athletes, as well as the pediatric and geriatric athlete.

Do you hold any positions outside the clinic?

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta and Lead Physician for Basketball Canada (Women’s Team).

What is your clinical speciality?

My sport medicine practice encompasses all levels of athletes, from the weekend warrior to the elite and Olympic caliber athletes, as well as the pediatric and geriatric athlete.  My area of interest is the psychology of injury.  In 2006 I was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in recognition of leadership, volunteerism and contributions to sport.

What did you study and where?

I graduated from the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Medicine in 1994, and continued at the U of S with residency training in orthopaedic surgery and family medicine.  In 1999, I completed a clinical sport medicine fellowship, and in 2000, a research sport medicine fellowship at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, and stayed on as a member of staff.  I received a Master of Arts (MA) in Sport Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2005.  My area of interest is in the psychology of injury.  I am a member of the Canadian College of Family Physicians with a certificate of added competence in sport and exercise medicine, and I hold a diploma in sport and exercise medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Do you have any specific research interests & publications?

I am currently researching the following topics:
  • The Efficacy of ultrasound guided platelet-rich plasma injection for rotator cuff degeneration.
  • Assessment of rotator cuff disease spectrum and clinical management best practice principles.
  • Effects of immobilization vs. non-immobilization following rotator cuff repair.
My publications include:
  • Assessment of Platelet Rich Plasma for treatment of tendinopathy, 2012-2015.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D effects on periosititis and stress fractures, 2007-2010.
  • Arthroscopic vs. mini-rotator cuff repair, collaborator with the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE), 2008-2009.
  • The Risk of Injury associated with Body Checking among Pediatric Ice Hockey Players, collaborator with Dr. Carolyn Emery, University of Calgary, 2008-2009.
  • Understanding the Psycho-Emotional Experience of Major Athletic Injury; Master’s thesis, University of Alberta, 2005.
  • The Athletes’ Preference for Gender of Team Physician, University of Alberta Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, 2003.
  • Sport Medicine Needs in the Province of Saskatchewan; University of Alberta Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, 1999.
  • Evaluation of Think First Saskatchewan, a Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program; University of Saskatchewan, Department of Family Medicine, 1998.
  • In vitro Manipulation of Brassica Species to Induce Regeneration from Microspore Tissue Culture; National Research Council of Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute, Transgenic Plants Centre, 1990.

Do you work specific days/hours?

Tuesday and Fridays, 7:00 AM - 2 PM. 

Are you affiliated with any teams?

I am the Lead Physician for Basketball Canada (Woman’s Team).  Formerly I was the chief medical officer for Skate Canada (2010-2015) and Hockey Canada (2000-2006).  I have been a part of Team Canada at five FISU games, the Pan-American Games and two Winter Olympics.

What is your favourite way to stay active?

Anything that involved physical movement and gets my heart rate up!  I like to mix things up and do a variety of different sports so that I don’t get bored with one thing.  In my youth I was a competitive figure skater and dancer, and played on the basketball team in high school and medical school.