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What exactly is Certified Athletic Therapy

What is Athletic Therapy? Certified Athletic Therapists are probably best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care during sporting events. AT’s are the first to respond when an injury occurs because they are experts at evaluating the nature and severity of injury, and are highly skilled in making decisions about safe return-to-play. Off [...]

Learnings from the recent physiotherapy concussion symposium

Sport Physiotherapy Canada- Clinical Considerations for Interdisciplinary Care: Concussion Symposium This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Symposium. This conference focuses on the current best practices surrounding concussion management and the speakers included the top researchers, clinicians and neurosurgeons in the [...]

Some concussions need more than rest

  Concussion Treadmill Test and Concussion rehabilitation If you have suffered a concussion you have probably been to a doctor who has told you to rest. Rest your mind and rest your body until your symptoms go away. And for most people, up to 90% of those who suffer concussions, this [...]

The ‘golden rule’ to avoid injuries

I recently ran the Hamilton Half Marathon and as an (extremely) novice runner I enlisted the help of a running coach/programmer. I was attracted to his methodology as he uses a scientific approach to his programming (he was an engineer in a past life and has carried many of [...]

The single most important determinant of injury and rehabilitation from injury

Like the catchy title? Regretfully this is not a blog about some new enthralling gadget that can accurately determine who will get injured…..because nothing like this exists. There is one factor however that simultaneously both determines tissue injury and is the most important factor in injury rehabilitation – tissue [...]

ACL BLOG Part 3: Prevention

In the final installment of my 3-part ACL blog, I’ll finally touch on ways to reduce the risk of ACL injuries. While there have been several neuromuscular warm-up programs to reduce the incidence of ACL tears, this blog will focus on the evidence surrounding the FIFA 11+. So how do [...]

Enough with the cupping….what’s with that ugly tape?

Does KT Tape Work? With the 2016 RIO Olympic Games just around the corner, viewers will be showered with a plethora of fun, colourful taping jobs displayed on many athletes. So what is this tape and does it even work? What is kinesio-taping (KT)? Kinesio-Taping or KT tape is an elastic, [...]

What are those marks on his skin? – A primer on Cupping Therapy

By now you have probably seen Michael Phelps win the gold medal in the 4×100 at the Olympic games. If you looked closer you might have also noticed the red circles on his right shoulder known as cupping therapy. Although this treatment has been around for thousands of years, [...]