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Concussion Care

Dr. Taryn Taylor, Dr. Lindsay Bradley and Dr. Jessica Curran have a special interest in sport related concussion, together with Dr. Jamie Kissick, one of the world authorities on concussion, offer multiple appointments per week for patients suffering from concussion. All of our other primary care sport medicine physicians have received extra training in managing sport related concussions and appointments are available throughout the week as well.

Contact: please call the clinic at 613-520-3510 to make an appointment if you have suffered a recent sport related concussion

Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic has been designated a Credentialed ImPACT consultant clinic. Clinicians who have earned the title of Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) have undergone specialized ImPACT training to offer state-of-the-art concussion care management to their patients. CICs are part of ImPACT’s national network of hundreds of healthcare providers who are leaders in clinical concussion care within their communities. Each CIC is an expert in utilizing ImPACT products and the ImPACT Concussion Care Model to diagnose and manage concussion injuries.

Concussion Support Group

 

The Paul Menton Centre for students with disabilities in collaboration with the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic is creating support groups for students who are currently living with the effects of a concussion. This program is available to all Carleton university students and referrals from the Sports Medicine clinic at Carleton University. This joint collaboration is intended to provide a positive, friendly and supportive environment while students are recovering from post-concussion symptoms. If you have any questions about the program and/or you would like to attend, please email the program leader, Lorena Ruci at lorenaruci@carleton.ca.

The first session will be held Thursday November 3rd from 1-3pm in the Yoga Room on the 2nd floor of the Athletics Building.

Future dates:

  • March 1: 12-1pm
  • March 29: 12-1pm

Subthreshold Exercise & Concussion Study

The Carleton Sport Medicine & Physiotherapy Clinic is looking for participants to take part in a study looking at the benefit of aerobic exercise in individuals suffering from post-concussion symptoms. Participants in the study will perform the Bruce protocol with their heart rate and concussion symptoms being monitored every minute. Their heart rate at which symptoms begin will be determined.  This is their symptom threshold heart rate.  Participants will be permitted to exercise on a stationary bike at 80% of the symptom threshold heart rate (Leddy et al. 2010).  Monthly evaluations on a treadmill will be performed to determine and maintain a safe and beneficial level of light aerobic activity which participants will perform on a regular basis at their convenience. The treadmill evaluation, as well as concussion assessment tools (SCAT3 and ImPACT), will be performed at a regular intervals until post-concussive symptoms have resolved. The goal of the study is to assess the benefits of aerobic activity in the progression of post-concussion syndrome, and to better inform health care professionals on the strategies for return to activity after a concussion, especially in patients with prolonged symptoms.

Inclusion criteria to participate in the study:

  1. An athletic individual actively participating in a sport 2 times/week at minimum with the goal of returning to activity.
  2. An athlete that has been assessed and diagnosed by a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician for a concussion.
  3. An athlete between the ages of 18 and 55.
  4. An athlete suffering from concussion symptoms for at least 6 weeks, and continues to be symptomatic.
  5. An athlete that has access to a stationary bike for regular use.

To refer a patient for the study and to set up an initial appointment please call the Carleton Physiotherapy Clinic at 613-520-3511 and ask for a subthreshold testing initial appointment. If you have any questions regarding the study please feel free to email Ryan Daniel at ryan.daniel082@gmail.com.

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