We would like to congratulate Anson Ly on recently passing his Athletic Therapy Board exams. Anson has been working with Sheddon since 2010 as a kinesiologist while he completed his athletic therapy degree at Sheridan College. We are proud to officially add him as Sheddon’s Certified Athletic Therapist. Anson is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), which is the highest level of certification for sport specific testing, strength training and designing conditioning programs to improve athletic performance. Anson’s unique knowledge, skill set and training as an athletic therapist and a CSCS will help Sheddon better serve sports teams, as well as individual athletes. Having an athletic therapist on staff at Sheddon will also assist those individuals who need further treatment and have coverage under their extended health care plan or a sport organization for athletic therapy.
What do Athletic Therapists Do?
Athletic therapists are trained in the assessment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. They are educated in manual therapy techniques, therapeutic modalities, exercise, as well as bracing and taping. Athletic therapists are also trained to work on field during sporting events to provide emergency care.
Aside from his clinical hours at Sheddon, Anson is also busy working regularly with the Toronto Marlies, at the Athlete Training Center, as well as providing field coverage for hockey organizations, including the MOHA and the GTHL . Anson is also currently involved with the Oakville Soccer Club and the Oakville Aquatics Club, providing concussion education, concussion baseline testing and functional movement screens.
Who Has Coverage for Athletic Therapy?
If you play in an organized sports league such as the Oakville Soccer Club or any competitive or recreational hockey leagues, you will have coverage for athletic therapy, if you are injured during a sanctioned game. Furthermore, the extended health care providers below normally cover athletic therapy. We do recommend that you call your insurance to confirm before your first visit.
- Great West Life
- Standard Life
- Blue Cross
- Hockey Canada
- Claim Secure
- Sun Life
- Reliable Life Insurance Co.
- Empire Life
If you would like more information about athletic therapy, or think you would benefit from seeing an athletic therapist, call our front desk with any questions or to book an appointment.
What Are You Doing This Summer!!
This summer, our therapists are very busy. In addition to our busy caseloads, we will be doing some other exciting things… In July, we will have our Sports Doctor, and one of our therapists working as medical staff for the Pan Am Games at the soccer events. In August, we have therapists that will be traveling with the Oakville Aquatics team to their summer Nationals meet. A long tradition of being a small part in the large success the OAK team deserves. Over the summer, 4 of our therapists will be consulting with NHL, OHL, and many other hockey players at The Athletes Training Centre as part of our injury prevention and early intervention program. There has been a joint partnership with this advanced training centre for years. We will also be doing ongoing testing using predictive tests for adductor/sports hernia tears. We will be welcoming back our Physiotherapist Erin from her mat leave (TIMES TWO FOR TWINS). While she will miss the girls, I am sure she will be up for the much needed, comparative relaxation of a busy sports clinic. In July, our therapists will also be participating in Nexxices (world champions in synchro figure skating) International Skating Camp. We will be doing educational lectures on injury prevention to figure skaters of all ages. So…what are your plans this summer?
Finding it hard to function in the winter? The weather getting you down? It’s quite common that when the temperature drops, we spend less time outside and more time living under the covers.
Seasonal depression is often times characterized as mood swings, anxiety, weight gain/loss, exhaustion or the combination of them all. One great way we can battle the blues is exercise. Here’s an important study that we can take from with the effects of exercise on patients suffering from depression.
This randomized control trial involved 200 sedentary adults with major depressive disorder randomized to: a) supervised exercise (3hours/week); b) home-based exercise; c) sertraline (a.k.a. Zoloft/an antidepressant); d) placebo pill.
This is a very important study concludes that an aerobic exercise program provide similar benefits on depression after 4 months and 1 year as prescription antidepressants. On top of that, a regular exercise program augmented the benefits of antidepressant use.
The challenge is getting patients with depression to actually comply with an exercise program…it takes great PT skills! Know someone that gets the winter blues bad? Share with them this study. Helping patients get out of any kind of depression can be tremendously satisfying, so do whatever it takes to motivate them to do even a daily 5-minute exercise routine!
Reference: Hoffman BM, et al Exercise and pharmacotherapy inpatients with major depression: one-year follow-up of the SMILE study.Psychosom Med. 2011 Feb-Mar; 73(2):127-33.
If you or your family have any further questions regarding this study, or would like to benefit from a supervised exercise program, please contact your Sheddon Physiotherapist at (905) 849-4576.
Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic has been working with The Athlete Training Centre, since 2005 and has treated many of their members and pro-athletes. Even our staff train there! We are teaming up with the ATC to make this offer over the holidays to our clients, as the number one gift is health and this is accomplished through exercise.
The Athlete Training Centre will help you stay fit for life. Although the ATC built its reputation on the training of elite athletes, our Adult Fitness Programs are designed for clients of all ages, genders, and levels. The focus of the programs is to inspire each individual to reach and surpass their mental and physical limits.
Heart Rate Training:
What makes the ATC unique is that all members receive a heart rate belt which is worn during all training sessions. In real time you will see what heart rate zone you are training in, how many calories you have burned and how many EFFORT POINTS you have earned. In addition, you will have your own cloud based account to track your progress.
Any activity you do is captured by your heart rate belt and is uploaded to your cloud account. This gives you and your trainer a great tool to make sure you reach your goals.
The saying goes, “you cannot out train bad nutrition!” This is something resonates deeply with our coaches. Because of this the ATC fosters an environment of knowledge, empowerment and support to assist in capitalizing on the hard work each member puts in the gym.
Through the cloud account everything is tracked and monitored and feedback and counseling is available on a constant basis.
If you would like to read more about the ATC or would like to join. Click here.