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The Review” is a Sport Physiotherapy Canada evidence based exploration in sports medicine, which is released quarterly. Posts are available for discussion for a one month term. Please note these summaries are reviews of published studies, not original works.

 Co-Chief Editors:

  • Jovana Smoljanić, MScPT, MScHK, Dip. SPC
  • Jacquie van Ierssel, PhD, MSc Rehab, FCAMPT, Dip. SPC

Editors:

  • Kyle Aitken, BScKin, MScPT
  • Marc Chivilo, BScKin, MScPT
  • Jacky Lam, BScKin, MScPT, Cert. SPC
  • Michael Stewart, MScPT, MCISc, FCAMPT, Cert. SPC
  • Linda Truong, PhD (Candidate), Cert. SPC, MScPT
  • Vicki Wong, PhD (Candidate), MScKin, Cert. SPC

The June 2020 Quarterly Review is on Physical Therapy Clinical Practice Guidelines for Concussion. Please visit our Forum to participate:
www.sportphysio.ca/forums/topic/june-15-2020-physical-therapy-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-concussion-2/

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The Holahan lab is recruiting for 2 online surveys (administered by Qualtrics) entitled:

Study 1 =  Prolonged symptoms in cognition and emotional outcomes of sport-related concussion in adults”. This study has been cleared by an ethics committee under CUREB-B Clearance 112126. The study is supervised by Dr. Matthew Holahan, Department of Neuroscience.

Study 2 = Prolonged symptoms of sport-related concussion and memory in adults. This study has been cleared by an ethics committee under CUREB-B Clearance # 112127. This study is supervised by Dr. Matthew Holahan, Department of Neuroscience.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would pass the following message and survey links on to your athletes and/or post in your clubhouse.

Study 1 –  https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2r7SE0DuQ8mipvL

Study 2 – https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4KyAYhrg9AcM3H

We are conducting a study that is looking at prolonged concussion symptoms and their impact on memory and emotions. We want to know what kind of lasting symptoms people have and if the number of concussions or other health issues, such as depression, makes people have more difficulties with memory and emotions. This is a clinical research study and it is not intended to provide treatment for a concussion.

We are recruiting both participants for the concussion group and the control group.

Concussion Group Inclusion Criteria:Control Group Inclusion Criteria:
– Have prolonged symptoms from a sport-related concussion that happened at least 1 month prior
– Be aged 18-60 years old
– Do not have a current illness, such as flu, pneumonia, infections
– Not be involved in litigation
– Do not have a severe brain injury (TBI) or other neurological condition
– Must be able to read, write, and understand English
– Able to write sentences/stories for 30min
– Must have not had a concussion or TBI before
– Must be aged 18-60 years old
– Do not have another neurological condition
– Able to read, write, and understand English  


Potential risk/discomfort. Some of the questions in this study do ask about stressful experiences, negative thinking, sadness, and depression. For some individuals, answering these questions may produce some discomfort.

There is the chance of participants having aggravated symptoms from participating in the study. These may be from moderate to severe symptoms. The computer work may cause discomfort and this worsening of symptoms. These aggravated symptoms may include headache, dizziness, nausea, and/or discomfort. After the study, if you experience worsening of your symptoms, you are asked to return home and rest both physically and mentally. Should you find that your symptoms are not decreasing, you should seek medical attention from either your physician or the study’s physician.  As this study is completely voluntary, you may choose not to participate, and you can skip questions you do not wish to answer. Please note, that the present study is conducted under the supervision of a physician, Dr. Taryn Taylor. You can make a virtual appointment to see her at Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic if you have any questions or concerns (613-520-3510).

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please see the surveys at https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2r7SE0DuQ8mipvL and

https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4KyAYhrg9AcM3H or contact, Vicki Wong, PhD Candidate at vickiwong@cmail.carleton.ca

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Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC), along with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), have undergone a significant risk assessment and have identified it best to cancel all in-person SPC and CPA partnered events until May 31, 2020.  The promotion and protection of health is our number one priority.

What this means for SPC Members-
Summary of Key Decisions

• SPC In-person Annual Members Meeting (April 30, 2020) will be cancelled.  The SPC National Executive Committee, along with CPA, will be exploring on-line/webinar style options to deliver pertinent information and best serve our members.

• SPC Mentor Meeting (April 30, 2020) will be cancelled.  Here too, the SPC National Executive Committee will be exploring on-line/webinar style options to deliver pertinent information and updates to our Mentors.

• SPC Credential Exams (May 2-4, 2020) will be rescheduled.  The SPC Executive Committee and the Chief Examiner will be exploring alternative date options for the 2020 Oral/Practical exam.  Further information regarding exam fees, dates etc will be communicated directly to candidates in a subsequent email. 

• In-person Courses will be rescheduled.  CPA and SPC will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will be seeking alternate dates for all in-person courses that were scheduled prior to May 31, 2020.

• CPA has asked that divisions suspend all non-essential digital communication and initiatives with members until March 31, 2020.  This relates specifically to SPC National & Provincial section E-Blasts, Momentum “magazine” and Webinars with the intention of freeing up the lines of communication for information regarding COVID-19. This policy will be revisited at the end of March 2020.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

Take good care,
Kim Lee-Knight
Chair SPC