At David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, we have dedicated clinical services for concussion, which are available to adolescents and adults who have sustained (or suspected to have) a sport- or exercise-related concussion within the last 6 months.
Our clinical model consists of an inter-disciplinary healthcare team, and the multiple disciplines often work together with the patient and family in the management and rehabilitation from concussion.
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A therapist (frequently a physiotherapist or athletic therapist) is a trained expert in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity or sport. For patients with concussions, the therapist may provide neck therapy,
The kinesiologist is a licensed healthcare professional who is trained in the assessment of a person's movement and performance and use of exercise prescription for rehabilitation purposes. At the MacIntosh Clinic, a consultation with our registered kinesiologist is a 60-minute functional assessment who will provide an opinion and/or treatment recommendation to referring physician, as well as education to the patient. Functional assessment will include behavioural performance and exertional stress testing.
We also have access and relationships with other health professionals which may be required in the concussion evaluation and rehabilitation process. These professionals may include optometrists with concussion expertise, neuropsychologists, neurologists, occupational therapists, osteopathic treatments, etc.
At the MacIntosh Clinic, we have developed "return-to-activity" guidelines that include returning individuals with to concussion to "school", "sport/physical activity", "work", and "social". Our concussion clinic is committed to evaluating and managing concussed patients using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.
Programs for Schools & Sport Organizations
As part of our clinical model for concussion, we work with various schools and sport organizations in developing and maintaining a comprehensive strategy. These services may include educational/workshop sessions, baseline testing, or medical management for their students or participants. Please contact the clinic or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in these initiatives.
In addition to clinical care, the Faculty is home to a concussion research program, the focus of which includes the pathophysiology and diagnosis of concussion in sport and physical activity, rehabilitation (cognitive, emotional, physical/somatic, sensory) and the prevention of concussion in sport and physical activity.