What is Acumen
We are a team of specialists who are experts in injury assessment reconditioning.
Our professionals effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries using active rehabilitation methods.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist’s goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Strength and Conditioning coaches of Acumen integrate with athletic therapists and the orthopaedic surgeon to provide essential and extended care for each individual and their goals.
WHAT IS AN ATHLETIC THERAPIST
Certified Athletic Therapists [CAT(C)] are healthcare (clinicians) and paramedical (emergency responders) professionals, with an expertise in musculoskeletal conditions that provide comprehensive and consistent care from injury to safe and full return to activity in all areas of life. Athletic therapists provide pre-hospital medical emergency management, immediate care and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses, and provide an unbiased, objective perspective to help educate patients (and organizations) on minimizing the risk of further injuries/illnesses. Athletic therapists must have fulfilled academic and practical requirements as governed by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. They must also undergo stringent education and testing standards in order to certify at the national level.
Certified Athletic Therapist Specialize in:
- Strength and conditioning programs
- Musculoskeletal, postural, and ergonomic assessments
- Manual therapy techniques
- Progressive exercise rehabilitation
- Prevention, assessment, and management of musculoskeletal injuries and medical emergencies
- Recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction
- Return-to-play decisions using sport specific functional testing
What we do
Athletic therapists have an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and they use that knowledge to be able to assess any injury whether it is chronic or acute. Their knowledge of injury timelines allows them to educate on what the recovery process could look like. They also understand how injuries can affect your whole body so when they’re building a treatment and/or rehabilitation plan for you, they take this into consideration.
Athletic therapists knowledge of injury timelines allows them to know how and to be able to load various tissues safely so that you can get back to the activities that you would like to post surgery in a timely and safe manner.
Our athletic therapists have science and evidence based methods to evaluate how your rehabilitation is going post injury or surgery so that you are able to return to your sport/play confident.
Athletic therapists have an in-depth understanding of human kinetics and biomechanics which allow them to pinpoint areas in your posture and/or daily life that can make you susceptible to injuries and they can educate you on how to work on those.
They can do preseason team testing to make sure that your team/athletes are doing exercises that are best for their bodies going into the season.
Creating a plan that works for YOUR goals as you progress through the various phases of rehabilitation.
When making an appointment with our Reconditioning Specialist you can expect:
- Clear guidelines and expectations.
- Constant Communication.
- Evaluation and Assessment.
- Proper education on training and performance.
We believe in being an advocate for your own care, taking part and being engaged to live your fullest life. We like to open the door to this opportunity for patients and make it available to them.
Call today to inquire about booking a session with our Athletic Therapist.
Meet the Team
LeeAnne is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. She has a vast interest in Patient Education and making orthopedic care a smooth transition for patients. LeeAnne obtained her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Health Science at Castleton University in Vermont. She practiced as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the states for 6 years with various sports teams and orthopedic clinics. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Mercyhurst University. While in Erie, PA she worked as a Division I Women’s Ice Hockey ATC where going to the Frozen Four was one of her favourite memories.
LeeAnne relocated to Canada with her husband where she worked as an Orthopedic Research Coordinator at the PanAm Clinic in Winnipeg, MB. They kept moving west and they found themselves in Edmonton where she was able to connect with the Acumen Team where she is excited to contribute.
As a competitive athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Cayla Galarneau decided she wanted to play an active role in helping people achieve an injury-free lifestyle to pursue their adventures without limitations. Cayla completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary with an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2010. While at UofC Cayla supported the wrestling athletes preparing for nationals, Olympic trials and won ACAC championship working with the women’s hockey team.
Whitney comes from a very athletic family and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be involved in sport whether it was as an athlete or as a medical staff. She was heavily involved in soccer until an injury when she was in her early teens, disrupted her path. After recovering from it, she was heavily fascinated by how people would get season ending injuries and sometimes come back even better than they were before. This was one of the reasons why she decided to study Kinesiology and major in athletic therapy.
What is an Acumen
HOW IT WORKS
With the Acumen Clinic Reconditioning Program we strive to close the gaps between early diagnosis and integrating proper exercise to improve patient outcomes. Strength training is important and usually relevant for many clinical populations. We believe musculoskeletal reconditioning is an integral part of the Acumen Clinic experience.
After an injury, many patients must navigate back to a demanding job (Farming, construction, landscaping) while some patients need to get back to a competitive sport they love. Others would like to get back to their healthy, active lifestyle (Traveling, biking, kayaking, skiing, hiking, etc) or simply want to find a way to live a pain free life. We are here to help find that path. It is all about the journey, finding what works for the patient and their lifestyle. It is about communicating, proper progression and integration of exercises that will help meet those goals set by patients.
It is important to us to set patients up with long term success. We want to give patients the education and tools needed to empower them and to continue for years to come for health benefits.