About Me

Katie Mitchell

PhD Candidate, Registered Physiotherapist

& Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)

I believe that optimizing how our brain and body work together can improve rehab and performance.

Our nervous system is incredibly complex. It allows us to see, hear, and sense things about our bodies and the environment around us to perform movements everyday. Levels of stress, emotions, and body awareness can affect how we are able to perform and the responses that we feel during movements (e.g. pain, stiffness, weakness, and/or reduced mobility). However, these responses can be changed as we can adapt to optimize movements and become stronger. Whether it’s walking your dog, picking up your grandchildren, lifting a new PR, or winning a national championship; our nervous system allows us to move and thrive each day.

As the founder of Thrive NeuroSport, I am passionate about educating and empowering individuals of all abilities to move well, feel good, and thrive on.

In the Clinic:

I’m a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist supporting Woolwich Township and the Waterloo Region. My clinical focus is primarily orthopaedic injuries, concussion (life- or sport-related), and vestibular (e.g. inner ear) conditions.

Treatment may include:

  • Education: Activity modifications and symptom management,
  • Strength & Mobility: Exercise prescription and programming,
  • Balance and Vestibular rehabilitation,
  • Sensorimotor integration and training,
  • Hands-On Care: manual therapy, dry needling and acupuncture

On the Bench:

  • Sledge Team Ontario (2018 to current)
  • Waterloo County Rugby Football Club (2009 to 2011, 2015 to 2018)
  • Rugby Canada NSWXVs program (2018)
  • Medical Team, Para PanAm Games (2015)
  • Hockey Alberta, Alberta Winter Games (2011)
  • CIS Women’s Hockey (2009 to 2011)
  • OUA Men’s Rugby (2008 to 2011)

In the Lab:

In addition to previous education, I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier. My research is focused on the relationship between visual perception (e.g. dynamic visual acuity) and balance with adolescents to young adults. I hope my research will help improve assessment of individuals with concussion to determine true readiness for return to school/work/play.

What I Thrive On:

Personally, I strive to keep active with CrossFit and weightlifting, and love to get outside hiking, 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 grief and post-traumatic stress.

Please contact me at katie@thriveneurosport.ca for further information regarding physiotherapy, athletic therapy services, community and/or clinical education.

Want to learn more? Check out these podcasts featuring my current research!

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