Twelve local hockey teams have partnered with McIntosh Sports Performance and Rehabilitation (MSPAR) to better manage head injuries.
Stratford Cullitons, St. Marys Lincolns and all Rep and MD teams (Peewee and above) from Stratford Minor Hockey Association are set to begin baseline testing over the next six weeks.
Establishing a baseline for each individual provides detailed objective data that, should a head injury be suspected, allows the medical team to compare the individual to themselves to better determine if a concussion was sustained and if a concussion is diagnosed, when they are fully recovered and can safely return to play.
“The Shift Concussion Management program uses recognized assessment and rehabilitation techniques for a very comprehensive approach. We are a vital component in what is a collaborative method to concussion management,” said Dan McIntosh, owner and head athletic therapist at McIntosh Sports Performance and Rehabilitation.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this level of care for area athletes.”
Each athlete will partake in a baseline test that includes a computerized neurocognitive test, vision testing, balance testing, and neck strength testing as laid out by Shift Concussion Management, Inc. Should a head injury be sustained during the season, the athlete will return to MSPAR for post-injury evaluation.
Using the data obtained in the testing, a thorough report is generated that is then taken to the family doctor, allowing a more informed decision to be made on treatment plan and return to play. Athletes will also be treated for concussion-related symptoms at MSPAR and follow a physical exertion testing protocol before returning to the ice.
Education is a key component of the program and specifically includes training for the trainers and coaches who are the first to evaluate a player after a hit and also for parents. Main points of the education are recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion, understanding the physiological and psychological factors associated with concussion, and how important the initial treatment is immediately after a concussion.
Free education night
MSPAR will be hosting a free education night for any interested individuals on Thursday, Aug 29, starting at 7 p.m. MSPAR is located at 285 Lorne Ave E, Unit No. 4, in Stratford.
McIntosh Sports Performance and Rehabilitation (MSPAR) is a Stratford based company that provides cutting-edge sports performance training and aggressive injury rehabilitation to Stratford and area athletes and active individuals. MSPAR’s passion is pushing athletes to increase their performance while reducing their risk of injury through the use of individualized, movement based programs.
For more information on MSPAR, please call (226) 921-1645 or visit www.Mspar.ca.