Katie Mitchell, MScPT, CAT(C)

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I’m a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C) working at Woolwich Physiotherapy in Elmira, Ontario. My clinical practice is primarily orthopaedic injuries, sport-related concussion, and vestibular conditions. As well, I am the Head Therapist for Ontario Sledge Hockey and have provided therapy coverage within the Waterloo region for rugby, hockey, and lacrosse, including the Waterloo County Rugby Football Club. I have also worked with provincial and national level teams with Rugby Canada NSWXVs, Hockey Alberta, and wheelchair rugby.

I completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011, an advanced certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in 2012, and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2014. I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier. My research focus is on cognitive-motor integration with respect to img_3117edited.jpgdynamic balance control and sport-related concussion. This includes how the visual and vestibular sensory systems work together to maintain standing balance while performing integrated visuomotor tasks. The goal of my research is to investigate objective methods of assessment for clinicians to determine an athletes true readiness for return to play from concussion.  Furthermore, I hope to investigate the effects of dysfunction in these sensory systems in the developing athlete with a history of concussion, specifically with rugby players.

In addition to my academic and clinical background, I keep active in the gym and get outside as much as possible hiking with my dog, camping, and mountain biking.  I am also a proud advocate for mental wellness. Through my own experiences, I hope to offer support and share my story with those dealing with bereavement, loss, and post-traumatic stress.

Please contact me at waterlooneurosport@gmail.com for further information regarding sports therapy services, community and/or clinical education.

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