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The concept of an "integrated support team" has been used in many professions in the past including both the healthcare and sports systems. However, now more than ever, this term has brought the healthcare and sports systems even closer together. An "integrated support team" is a group of experts in their respective professional fields who are brought together to work with an athlete or group of athletes and their coaches. More specifically, this could include a Sports Physician, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Biomechanist, Dietician, Sport Psychologist, Exercise Physiologist, etc. Working as a collaborative group, this team of experts helps to develop this athlete by providing input on their individual area of expertise. So why has this approach become so popular over the last 3-4 years...

The main reason is probably due to the sporting industry becoming far more competitive than it ever has been in the past and the increased attention to detail by both coaches and athletes. As a result, service providers in the sporting industry have become more prevalent and play a more important role in the development of successful athletes. What approach was taken prior to the forming of the integrated support team....

Previously, coaches were required to be the experts in all facets of the athletes training program which in turn may have decreased the coach’s ability to simply coach the athlete. However, with this new approach, the coach has many resources which he can draw on to determine what is best for the athlete and as a group, these "experts" can help move athletes further down the developmental continuum.

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Brian Shackel, MSc