Concussion! What do I do?
Our Concussion Clinic is an evidence-based program that is multi-disciplinary in nature. It was designed to appropriately assess and manage individuals who may have suffered a Sport or Recreational related concussion and provide them with a progressive return to both mental and physical activity. This team based approach includes seeing an Athletic Therapist and Sport Medicine Physician. Depending on your assessment, the team may refer you to other specialists to help aid in your recovery.
You may qualify for the program if:
- You have a sport-related concussion (diagnosed or suspected)
- It is within six weeks of original onset
- You are over the age of 13
- The concussion is not related to a vehicle collision
- The concussion is not related to a WCB injury
Our concussion team starts small to get you on the right path, then expands depending on your medical needs! You will start with Dr. Cory Wowk (MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med) and Charley Hasselar (BKin, CAT(C))
Dr Wowk was Team Doctor for the 2017-18 Men's National Gold Medal Hockey Canada World Junior team; 2016 Hockey Canada Men's National Under 18 Team Physician; 2014 Hockey Canada Men's National Under 17 Team Physician; Head Physician for Hockey Canada Men’s National Para Ice Hockey; Team Doctor for the Okotoks Dawgs college and academy teams and brings his clinical experience with hockey to Albertans.
Charley Hasselar has worked with the Calgary Inferno and the University of Calgary Acute Sport Concussion Clinic and various hockey, rugby and lacrosse teams in Alberta.
Throughout her undergraduate degree and into her early career she worked at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre as a Clinical Research Coordinator with a strong focus on Concussion research. As well, she worked as a Non-Physician Expert at the Acute Sport Concussion Clinic at the University of Calgary assessing sport related concussion patients.
Dr. Winne Meeuwisse is an author on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "Consensus statement on concussion in sport". As the medical director for the National Hockey League (NHL), his medical expertise in concussion is extensive. His work has influenced how we treat concussions based on the newest findings and treatment methods. His mentorship to the team is immensely appreciated!
What Does The Program Cost?
While treatment options vary, the original assessment is covered by Alberta Health (or other provincial plans).
Where is Best For You?
110 6707 Elbow Drive SW
3815 Front St SE #129
We Treat Your Case
We follow the guidelines of the Berlin Consensus (see below!)
We collaborate with the right practitioner at the right time
We tailor a plan to your needs
We make use of the mentorship of Dr. Meeuwisse, one of the authors of the Consensus
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Arrive on Time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment for paperwork completion
Bring Your Provinicial Healthcare Card
Your appointment will take up to 60 minutes. Your first assessment will be with an Athletic Therapist and Sport Medicine Physician. Collaboratively, they will assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan which may include physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage therapy, or a referral to other appropriate specialists.
Why Sport and Recreation Related Concussions Only?
If you've ever been in a car crash, it changes your driving habits. You are doing everything you can to avoid that damage (and possibly concussion) again. In sport, medical help and proper clearance is the best way to prevent further injury. To keep wait times low for a high-risk population, we accept only sport and recreation related concussions.
Sport Related concussions need to follow the guidelines born out of the Berlin Consensus that have been published by Parachute Canada and the Canadian Concussion Collaborative - namely multidisciplinary, physician led management and treatment.