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5 Simple Steps for Concussion Management

Concussion Therapy Step 1.) Rest

The first step is rest! This means having full mental and physical rest so if that means taking a day or two off of work/school that may be your best option to help in the early stages. Also, cutting out physical activity in the early stages will be beneficial as the brain needs some time to heal; raising your heart rate may complicate the healing process early on. Lastly, eliminating the amount of time we spend watching TV or on our phones can have a huge effect on speeding the recovery time early on.

Concussion Therapy Step 2.) Get Assessed

This one may sound like a no brainer but, in cases where you suspect you have a concussion get assessed for it! As Athletic Therapists, we are highly trained in the assessment, management and, rehabilitation of a concussion. We are taught how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to deal with them appropriately. This means asking you questions related to the injury, assessing your neck and cranial bones together, looking at neurological signs (i.e. cranial nerves, reaction time, etc) and, exercise prescription.

Concussion Therapy Step 3.) Have Patience

Realize that the brain needs to heal and that this will take time. It may be frustrating that you can’t get back to all your usual activities right away, remember that this is a marathon, not a
sprint. Every concussion is different, some resolve quicker than others and some may not fully resolve depending on how the injury occurred and if previous concussions have been sustained.

Concussion Therapy Step 4.) Get Treatment

This would involve working not only on the neck muscles but, the cranial bones as well! Depending on the type of impact and the severity some of our cranial bones get a little stuck.
Craniosacral Therapy can be very beneficial to help facilitate the movement of these bones and help the fluid around the brain flow more effectively post-injury. Additionally, Neuromeningeal
Manipulations can help to provide better movement of the bones as it directly works to move the planes of the bones and nerves effectively. A combination of the above-mentioned therapies can optimize your recovery process.

Concussion Therapy Step 5.) Return to Play, Work and, Learn Programs

As Athletic Therapists we want to not only get you back to work and school but, we want to help get you back effectively to all your daily activities. For work and school, it would be a modified return with different directions to help get you back to your full-time passions. Return to Play programs helps us get back to our activities we love to do! This is an essential part for athletes as they are trying to come back from a concussion; we want to make sure it is done safely and effectively. If you were sat for the remainder of a game or practice due to a suspected concussion why wouldn’t you want to know if your body is ready to go back to full activity? It makes sense to be put through a Return to Play program so that we can make sure all the correct decisions are being made out of the best interest of the athlete.

At Competitive Edge, we deal a lot with concussions and we have a great concussion management program! Above are just a few simple steps to helping you get the best out of your recovery from a concussion.

If this sounds like you or someone you know feel free to give us a call or book online.

Written by Michelle Gaudet
Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)

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Athletic Therapy for the Non-Athlete

Are you thinking about seeing an Athletic Therapist but, you’re not an athlete? Don’t be fooled by the name! We see everyone! Everyone’s an athlete in their own way, from desk jockeys to weekend warriors. Even if you’re only looking to getting back to regular daily activities or thinking long-term to be able to play with the grandkids, Athletic Therapy is for you!


Athletic Therapy Success Story

My mom is the biggest advocate for Athletic Therapy. Why? She has seen the worth over the years. Is she an elite athlete? No, she is an everyday person who works a desk job. Over the years, her range of motion decreased without her noticing the change until she decided to get a little more active. Like anyone, she wants to be able to do things with future grandkids which stemmed her passion for wanting to gain mobility and strength back into her life. Carpal Tunnel and Sciatic nerve pain are two chronic problems she had faced for many years, to the point where surgery may have been needed to help relieve her Carpal Tunnel symptoms. She started seeing an Athletic Therapist so she could find out more about all my tidbits of information I would share wither her as I progressed through my journey to my dream career. Soon, everything began to change. With a combination of Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Mobilization, and a variety of other techniques, she began to notice a difference. My mom started getting her range of motion back, saw strength gain, and experienced a significant reduction in pain. Now, no surgery is required, and the day-to-day aches and pains that were always present are at manageable levels or gone altogether. She saw the worth of seeing an Athletic Therapist and the value it added to her life.


Competitive Edge Approach to Athletic Therapy

So how are we different? We focus on a whole-body approach, putting all the necessary pieces of the puzzle together. We take a detailed history of previous injuries to see how they may have contributed to the problem at hand because our old injuries can influence current ones. The body tends to adapt to the change created; it isn’t until later, when we are in a state of dysfunction, that we notice this change. We are in a state of dysfunction when that pain or restriction starts to affect our daily activities.


What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapists are specialists in injury assessment, prevention and sports injury rehabilitation. Musculoskeletal injuries are the main elements in our scope of practice; those are injuries to the muscle, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Additionally, we are a Calgary concussion clinic, and we also work with motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), nerve related injuries, and more. We aim to determine the underlying factors to the injury and target those features to provide the best treatment plan for each individual. These factors can include posture, core, balance and stability, and ergonomics. Core and posture are two main components for everyone. What is good posture? How do you actually achieve that goal? That is where balance and stability come in because you need to have balance of the musculature in order to achieve good posture. Your core is also of importance; we need to lay the foundation before we try to build up from the ground.


What Can Athletic Therapy Do For You?

Yes, you will still find us out on the sidelines working with various sports teams but, most of the people we see are everyday people! You may not be an elite athlete, but Athletic Therapy Programs can change your life! I look at the benefits that not only my mom has gained but the experiences of my friends and clients. By using a combination of techniques, they are able to move better, are pain-free, and have been helped on an individual basis to get the results they deserve. If they can get these results, why can’t you?

Client Signature:  Looking for help with your injury, ache or pain? The experts at Competitive Edge Sport Therapy can help! We can identify and resolve the root cause of your complaint and pain. Contact us today, at (403) 252-6222 |

Written by Michelle Gaudet
Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)