Dr. Mark Carlson (back) and patient, John Forseth.
Photo courtesy of The Bemidji Pioneer.

Sanford Bemidji Sports Medicine Dr. Mark Carlson

Why See a Sports Medicine Physician?
Sanford Bemidji Sports Medicine helps athletes and active people get back in the game faster by providing a wide range of treatments designed to provide the latest in sports medicine services.
Sports Medicine physician Dr. Mark Carlson specializes in the evaluation and treatment of injuries among athletes and active individuals. His team of health professionals strives to provide the best opportunities for individuals to recover swiftly from injury while safely returning to recreation and competition. Because communication is so important, Dr. Carlson works closely with athletes, employers, coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other physicians to individualize a person’s care.
Dr. Carlson and the team at Sanford Bemidji Sports Medicine look forward to helping you perform at your maximum potential.
Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are common and range from minor annoying aches and pains to serious, traumatic injuries. It is important athletes use proper techniques, equipment, and protective gear. However, even when everything is done correctly, aches, pains, and injuries are not uncommon. These are some of the most common reasons people see a sports medicine physician.
Knee and Leg

  • Knee injuries or pain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring pull, tear, or strain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Pulled or strained muscles
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures

Hand and Arm

  • Wrist sprains
  • Finger fractures or dislocations
  • Wrist tendinitis or tenosynovitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Little league elbow
  • Jersey finger
  • Mallet finger


  • Clavicle fractures
  • Separations
  • Dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries

Foot and Ankle

  • Ankle sprains
  • Tendonitis or bursitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Turf toe

Other Athletic Medical Conditions

  • Sports concussion
  • Exercise associated asthma or breathing problems
  • Overtraining syndrome
  • Exercise associated abdominal pain

In addition to athletic injuries, Dr. Carlson provides pre-participation exams and manages non-musculoskeletal issues such as:

  • Sport-related concussions
  • Exercise induced asthma
  • Evaluation of permitted medications in competitive sports
  • “Return to play” issues and other medical concerns that affect an athlete’s performance

Sanford Bemidji Sports Medicine Hours:
M–F: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Walk-in patients are welcome, although scheduled appointments and referrals from other health providers are encouraged. Insurance is accepted.
As a sports medicine physician, Dr. Carlson takes pride in promoting safe participation in athletics and enjoys providing education on sports medicine issues to coaches, athletic training staff, parents, and other groups. Contact his clinic for more information.
Dr. Carlson serves as a Team Physician for Bemidji State University and takes care of its NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Hockey teams and other Division II athletes. He has served as a medical volunteer for many sporting events including the Twin Cities Marathon, the US Transplant Games, and the Schwan's USA Soccer Cup.