Concussions are mild brain injuries which can be caused either by whiplash or a direct blow to the head. You do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion! Concussion symptoms are variable but often include headaches, nausea, dizziness, light and sound sensitivity and decreased cognitive function.
If you receive a blow to the head or whiplash and believe you have a concussion you should seek immediate medical attention, either from your family doctor or urgent care facility and follow their medical advice.
In the very early stages of concussion rest is the best treatment. With proper rest the majority of people who sustain a concussion are symptom free within weeks, however with severe or repeated concussions symptoms often last longer.
If concussion symptoms linger physiotherapists can assist in rehabilitation and return to function, Concussion rehabilitation is complex and will address a variety of brain functions, including dizziness rehabilitation, balance and vision retraining, exercises to improve cognitive function and treatment of any neck injury.
The physiotherapists at Summit are specially trained to identify the unique needs and subsequent management of an individual’s concussion.
Keeping well hydrated is important to your performance. Calculating your personal sweat rate is the key to knowing what you need.
Pre-Exercise or Competition (Tips for a solid pre exercise/competition) meal – 2 – 4hrs ahead.
Topping up your blood sugar and ensuring you have ‘energy to burn’ is important to your performance. Here are some tips to help you.
Looking after your post exercise nutrition helps you both recover from your most recent training session as well as prepare you for your next one.
Sample post exercise combinations
|1 Bagel (45g carbohydrate) + 1 large banana (40g carbohydrate)||+75-100g Turkey (25g protein)||500ml water|
|500ml chocolate milk (58g carbohydrate)||Includes (18g protein)||+ 500ml water
Tournament play can be challenging for many reasons. Having a plan and some standard and healthy ‘go-to’ foods available throughout the day will help to keep your energy and keep you sharp.
Sample tournament intake
|Breakfast||Post-game 1||Post-game 2||Dinner|
Berries or dried fruit
Hard cooked eggs (2)
|Water or sport drink, homemade cookies (or a sandwich if there is enough time between games), chocolate milk, fruit||Water, drinking box of real fruit juice, cheese and crackers, fig bars or homemade cookies||Pasta with tomato and meat sauce, cheese, salad with oil and vinegar dressing or Vegetarian pizza with extra vegetables, salad with oil and vinegar dressing AND lots of water.|
Almost two years ago I severely sprained my ankle in a race. Within three days I began working diligently with a physiotherapist at Summit in High River. Without the knowledge, expertise and care of two amazing physiotherapists in that clinic there’s no way I would have been able to get back out there racing and doing what I love as quickly or as confidently.
They took amazing care of me and also really took the time to listen to my concerns and goals. They put a plan together for me to get me up and running again, which lead to me conquering all my adventure races this year! and for that I owe them big time!
Thank you Summit – Stacie Willoughby
Thank you to Francis Teixeira for this testimonial.
I was a gymnast and then a coach from a very young age (my mother was a coach) till I was 42 years old when my right knee became unstable. I stayed physically active for another 7 years.
Then, in 2009, I landed on my feet from a “fall” off a horse and my right knee buckled.
MRI results from my right knee:
• Chronic high grade ACL tear
• Old MCL sprain
• Bowing of the LCL
• Healing Lateral Meniscal tear
• Fluid on the proximal tibiofular
I basically had one tendon left in my right knee that wasn’t torn or bowed.
Bob Dunlop from Summit Physio (and the rest of the crew) kept me walking and functioning before surgery.
After surgery, with a huge amount of help and encouragement from Summit Physio, I am able to fully use my right knee. Flexibility and balance were the hardest skills to develop as I had done years of compensating for a weak knee. And without Summit Physio direction I would probably be still favouring the knee as a habit and never try to develop the balance I had lost. I would say that my right knee is now my strongest knee.
I am constantly amazed at the strength, flexibility and balance I have gotten back. My right knee is pain free and strong. I never anticipated the surgery and physio would result in such a successful recovery.
My deepest and most sincere thanks to everyone at Summit Physio,
Attention all Moms and Women!
Our good friend Haley Carrier at Pinnacle Health Physiotherapy is offering Core Strengthening Classes, designed and led by a Physiotherapist.
Their classes are designed for postnatal moms and women of all ages. Join them to learn exercises to strengthen your deep core muscles to help improve your function and activity.
Core and More Postnatal Physiotherapy Class Series
Next class starts February 28! Babies are welcome to all classes!
Core and More for Women Class Series
Classes will start this Spring!
Service eligible for reimbursement by most health insurance plans that cover physiotherapy!
Visit their website or contact us for more details or to Sign Up!!
Spinal discs are rubbery pads between the vertebrae (bones) in our spine. Healthy discs have a tough, fibrous outer membrane and an elastic core. As we age, our discs become less elastic, lose fluid and the outer protective membrane becomes weaker.
Disc problems are sometimes lumped together under the term degenerative disc disease. Poor muscle tone, poor posture or excessive strain on the spine are some of the causes of non-age-related degeneration. Furthermore, injuries and repetitive activities involving bending, twisting or heavy lifting can cause low back disc herniations. This is when a disc’s inner material swells and pushes through a weak spot in its outer membrane.
All or part of the disc’s core material may press against surrounding nerves, or the spinal cord in extreme cases. Herniated discs are most common from ages 30 to 50, although they can also occur in active children and young adults.
Summit Physiotherapy can provide intervention and tips for injury prevention – contact us today!
Liam Hunter, a client of Summit Physiotherapy is entered in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup for his work with Okotoks Minor Hockey.
Each time you watch their video, it increases their chances to win.
Please take 90 seconds to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf282Ux2gs4&feature=youtu.be
In normal joints of the body, cartilage provides a smooth surface for joint motion. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition affecting the cartilage of the joints. It causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and can lead to reduced movement. OA commonly affects the knees, hips, lower back, neck and hands.
While it may be hard to think of exercising when your joints hurt, moving is an important part of managing OA. Basic range of motion exercises and/or simple, non-impact activities are best for the joints. Swimming or water aerobics, cycling, light walking or using an elliptical machine all provide little joint impact. Cross country skiing or snowshoeing are good outdoor options this time of year. Lastly, strengthening your muscles help support your joints.
Physiotherapy can assist in the long-term management of OA by helping to manage symptoms, improve joint strength and mobility, and helping choose the right form of exercise for you. Talk to your Summit physiotherapist to help you get moving!
If you want to hit the slopes opening day without burning out by lunch, it is time to start working on your endurance! Downhill skiing requires a high degree of eccentric and isometric strength: the ability to lower and hold your weight. Most other sports and activities require primarily concentric strength: the ability to lift and push powerfully.
If you want to build your eccentric endurance, you could try the following. Slowly lower into a squat or tucked position for a count of five, hold for a count of five, stand back up to a count of one. Repeat this as many times as needed to “feel the burn”. You could also hold the squat while performing calf raises, or for the next level replace the stand up with a jump.
If you have any questions for optimal training for the upcoming season consult a Summit physiotherapist or personal trainer.