SCAPPS 2017: St. John’s, Newfoundland


I had a great experience in St. John’s, Newfoundland, last weekend presenting our latest research at the SCAPPS National Conference. This project was in partnership with Victus Academy in Kitchener, Ontario, and assessed dynamic balance control in youth hockey players with or without previous sport-related concussion. The results from this study reinforce the need for more complex assessment of balance with sensorimotor integration to determine an athlete’s true readiness for return to sport!



Published by katiemitchell08

I'm a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C) working in Waterloo, Ontario, with a focus on sport-related concussion, vestibular-ocular conditions, and orthopaedic injuries. I provide athletic therapy coverage with the Waterloo County Rugby club and Sledge Hockey Team Ontario. I also have worked with national rugby and as a member of the medical team for the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Advanced training includes: integrated dry needling, concussion and vestibular rehabilitation, acupuncture, manual therapy, and sports first responder. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Kinesiology program at Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on visuomotor function and the assessment of balance control for individuals with sport-related concussion. My goal is to provide evidence for objective measures of dynamic visual acuity and balance control and improve clinical decision-making for return to sport, work, school, and life! In my spare time, I enjoy trail walks with my Australian shepherd, mountain biking, camping, and exploring local.

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