Our Athletic Therapists:
Camille Ottenhof, CAT(C)
Charlotte Michael, CAT(C)
What is Athletic Therapy??
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It's that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic. Athletic Therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn't: an Athletic Therapists goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Information provided by athletictherapy.org, check out the CATA website for even more information regarding Athletic Therapy and how it can help you!
Is Athletic Therapy the Right Fit for you?
- Are you recovering from an injury?
- Do you have a chronic condition and want to get stronger?
- Have you had a joint replacement or fracture, sprain or strain, athletic injury or motor vehicle accident?
- Do you want to better your fitness?
- Do you want to prevent future injuries?
Athletic Therapy and Exercise Rehabilitation can help you on your road to recovery and fitness. Book in with Charlotte and she’ll assess your condition and goals, work with you to prescribe a safe and personalized exercise program. She can also treat your injury with hands-on therapy, stretching, and modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation!
with Charlotte Michael
What is a Concussion?
A concussion can be described as a stunning, damaging, or shattering effect from a hard blow; a jarring injury of the brain resulting in disturbance of cerebral function, in other words, the brains' ability to function properly.
What is HeadCheck?
HeadCheck is multi-device software that helps us assess your current concussion protocol and implement the latest and best standardizes concussion tests. The flexible technology will keep you up-to-date with the constantly evolving practice associated with concussion testing. The app we use is a new complete concussion management and identification tool. The program allows us to digitize the data enabling instant test comparison, graphs, and historical results that help you get to the appropriate “play/no-play” decision faster and with more confidence.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion will vary from person-to-person and may not show up for hours, days or even weeks. These signs are important to look for but a person may also simply report that they do not feel well after suffering a possible concussion. Observe the athlete suspected of being concussed for any of the following signs or symptoms.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dazed look
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Blurred or double vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems
- Noise or light sensitivity
- Slower reaction times
- Sleeping pattern changes (more or less)
- Insomnia Behavioral Changes
- Not feeling well
- Acting differently
- Depression or sadness
- Less social
- Decreased interest in activities
- Involuntary/uncontrollably outbursts
- Amnesia and difficulty remembering
- Difficulty concentrating/ feeling “foggy”
- Slow to answer questions
Return-To-Sport and Return to School Strategy:
The recovery process following a concussion and the eventual decision to return to sports should follow a graduated rehabilitation strategy. All athletes should be managed by the same standards with no special allowances given due to their athletic ability or the needs of their team. After an initial rest period of 24-48 hours, the athlete can begin symptom-limited activity. The athlete should be monitored by a healthcare professional. It’s important to help and support students who are returning to school following a concussion. Cognitive difficulties, such as learning new materials or remembering a previously learned curriculum may be challenging. Depending on the type of symptoms that the student is managing, various accommodations may be requested, such as modifications to their schedule, reduced cognitive loading, and extra support or extended learning times. Developing the appropriate return to learn plan should be done in collaboration with the athlete, the family, the teachers and your medical professional.