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Doug Richards, Assistant Professor, Sport Medicine

  • Assistant Professor
  • Staff Physician & Medical Director
MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Doug

Academic Training

MD, University of Toronto, 1979

Diploma in Sport Medicine, Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, 1989


Doug Richards is a clinical sport physician and biomechanist. Educated in medicine at U of T (Class of 7T9), he has worked at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic since 1984, and has been its medical director since 1989. He has been a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto since 1991. Dr. Richards has organized and provided medical services at a variety of national and international sporting events and major games, and he has been a team physician for U of T’s Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams since 1984, for Canada’s women's national basketball team since 1987, and for our national beach volleyball teams since 1997. He was a team physician for the Toronto Raptors for nine years, from 1995-2004. Dr. Richards teaches five undergraduate courses in sport medicine, biomechanics and personal health. He was a semi-finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer contest in 2008, and a finalist in the same contest in 2009. His research interests have focused on concussion in sports and the biomechanics of injury. He is an avid cyclist who rides over 10,000 km a year.

Research Interests

Concussions in Sport

Clinical Sport Medicine

Biomechanics of Injury

Injury Prevention

Health and Lifestyle

Selected Publications

Hutchison, M., Comper, P, Mainwaring, L, Richards, D. (2011) The influence of musculoskeletal injury on cognition. Implications for concussion researchAm J Sports Med 39(11):2331-2337.

Mainwaring, L., Hutchison, M., Comper, P., & Richards, D. (2012). Examining the emotional sequel of sport concussion.Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology 6:247-274.

Comper, P., Hutchison, M., Richards, D., & Mainwaring, L. (2012) A model of current best-practice for managing concussion in University Athletes: The University of Toronto approachJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology 6:231-246.

Hutchison, M., Comper, P., Mainwaring, L., & Richards, D. (2012) Normative data in a sample of Canadian Univerisity Athletes using ANAM testsJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology 6:336-350.

Mainwaring, L., Comper, P., Hutchison, M., & Richards, D. (2012). Sport as laboratory: Lessons learned from baseline and postconcussion assessment researchJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology 6:309-335.