What is Acumen
We are a team of specialists who are experts in injury assessment & reconditioning.
Our professionals effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of manual therapy & 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 patients 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 use that knowledge to assess injury whether it is chronic or acute. Their knowledge of injury timelines allows them to educate patients on the recovery process and expectations. They also understand how injuries can affect the whole body so when building a treatment and/or rehabilitation plan, this is taken into consideration.Learn More
Athletic Therapists knowledge of injury timelines allows them to load various tissues progressively and safely in order to return to activities post surgery in a timely manner.
Our Athletic Therapists use science and evidence based methods to evaluate how rehabilitation is going post injury or surgery to ensure proper progression and return to play/sport confidently.Learn More
Athletic Therapists have an in-depth understanding of human kinetics and biomechanics which allow them to pinpoint areas in posture and/or daily life that can make someone susceptible to injury. We believe in education and providing tools one may use for years to come.
Athletic Therapists are capable of doing preseason team testing to make sure that teams/athletes are physically ready and have no glaring asymmetries that may lead to injury. With baseline testing we can provide a sport specific program that is best for an athlete’s body and sport.Learn More
Creating a plan that revolves around a patient’s goals and lifestyle is key as not every person, life and rehab is the same. We follow and guide patients closely and provide proper progressions to reach those goals.Learn More
At Acumen, we have introduced a knee and hip OA program to provide this population with a rehabilitation option, in hopes to help get people back to activity and avoid or delay replacement.
This 6 week program will include:
● 1 hour session 2 times a week
● Expertise from a registered Kinesiologist or Athletic Therapist
● Education on OA, anatomy, pain management, exercise implements
● Movement screen
● A comprehensive program that gradually progresses and is tailored to ability/function
● Full body exercise program
● Treatment as needed (at a discounted cost)
● Improving range of motion and mobility
● Improving strength and function
● Decreasing pain
● Improving ability for ADL’s (activities of daily living)
● Return to sport
We provide you with an initial movement screen which will help us determine individual capabilities, so that we can tailor exercise to you. We will spend time educating you on osteoarthritis as well as ways to improve your pain and function. We will work closely with you during each session to ensure your technique is correct. More importantly, we will give you the knowledge and tools to continue to progress on your own.
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BFR is a safe and effective way to help assist your reconditioning journey! Acumen utilizes the Delfi Personalized Tourniquet System (PTS) by Owen’s Recovery Science.
2. Hypertrophy training
4. In-season low impact training
5. Knee pain
6. Performance enhancement
7. V02 Max training
Blood flow restricted (BFR) rehabilitation is the brief and intermittent occlusion of venous (veins) blood flow using a tourniquet while exercising. Using this technique, you can exercise with significantly lighter weight while still creating a hypertrophy (growth) and strength response. Traditionally to get a hypertrophy and strength response in your muscles you would need to lift a heavy load.
Once your personalized pressure is determined you will begin specific exercises based on your rehabilitation plan. Even though you are lifting a light weight your muscle will begin to feel like it is working very hard. This feeling in your muscle is the buildup of lactate and is the desired response of this training.Learn More
Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are unfortunately common and often leave people unable to perform basic activities or their favourite sports. While common approaches such as drugs, physical therapy, and chiropractic adjustments can be helpful, we focus on exercise as a means to fully return to the life of your choosing.
Our team of athletic therapists, kinesiologists and strength and conditioning specialists work together, often with your medical doctor or physical therapist, to evaluate your needs and form a plan of action! We also regularly test your physical abilities using cutting-edge techniques and track your progress to be sure optimal progress is made. Finally, many insurance companies cover athletic therapy and kinesiology services!
Through our program, you can expect:
– Personalized assessments to determine your needs and track progress
– Regular collaboration between you, your doctor/physical therapist, and our experts
– Attentive experts who will customize your training session based on how you feel each day
Non-emergency sport related injury evaluation completed by a Certified Athletic Therapist. Let Acumen provide you with a diagnosis, and possible medical referral following an acute orthopedic injury.
- No referral from a family physician necessary
- 30 minute evaluation and diagnosis by a Certified Athletic Therapist
- Private diagnostic imaging (MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray) options available
When should I utilize the Minor Injury Clinic?
- Non-emergent care
- Injuries to the knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle, wrist, hand and spine
- Musculoskeletal conditions: sprains, strains, tendinopathies and soft tissue injuries
- Taping interventions
- ACL, MCL, meniscus, Rotator Cuff, hip and shoulder labrum, lateral ankle sprains and much much more…
What is an Athletic Therapist?
Certified Athletic Therapists are healthcare (clinicians) and paramedical (emergency responder) professionals, with an expertise in musculoskeletal conditions. They can provide comprehensive and consistent care related to an injury. Athletic Therapists can work with you to achieve a safe return to activity or performance/sport.
$70 for a 30 min session
Reconditioning Evaluation with an Athletic Therapist (1.5 hours)
Subsequent Visit with an Athletic Therapist (1 hour)
6-Week Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) Program
$540 per person
Reconditioning Bundles (non surgical patients)
*Bundles expire after one year from date of purchase
$150 per individual session
Bundle of 4
$480 ($120 per session)
Bundle of 8
$900 ($112.50 per session)
Reconditioning Bundle (surgical patients)
*Bundles expire after one year from date of purchase
Bundle of 8
$800 ($100 per session)
When making an appointment with our Reconditioning Specialist you can expect:
- Clear Guidelines and Expectations.
- Constant Communication.
- Thorough Evaluation with Diagnosis.
- Proper Education on Training and Performance.
We believe in being an advocate for your care, so you can take part and be engaged to live your fullest life. We like to open the door to this opportunity and make it available to you.
Call today to inquire about booking a session with your Athletic Therapist.
Meet the Team
LeeAnne is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Athletic Therapist. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapist’s 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 (NECBL, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Vermont Orthopedic Clinic to name a few). 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 has specialized in treating the shoulder, knee and elbow over the past 6 years. She enjoys the post operation rehabilitation stages and assisting in transition to return to play. Post operation surgeries she specializes include: Tommy John (UCL reconstruction), ACL reconstruction, Shoulder instability, and Rotator Cuff.
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 and joined the Acumen Team. They now have 2 children and 2 dogs!
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.
Brian OudykAthletic Therapist email@example.com
Brian arrives at Acumen having worked in the Performance Medicine department at Cirque du Soleil for the past 15+ years. He joined Cirque du Soleil’s Performance Medicine department in 2006 and has bridged two cities and six shows during such time. He completed his Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta, and his Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. He holds a Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies from the International Olympic Committee and a Certificate in Workload Management in Football from the Barcelona Football Club. He is a dual credentialed Canadian Athletic Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. Brian has served as an Emergency Action Plan consultant, and assisted at training camp medical day, for the Vegas Golden Knights since their inception. He spent two seasons as a student Athletic Therapist with the Edmonton Elks, before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 on a full season internship. Brian returns home to Edmonton after a long hiatus, and is joined by his wife and fellow Athletic Therapist, Miranda, and their two incredible children.
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Brian started his health career at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Physiology. He then moved to San Jose, California to get a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. Brian treats various populations including elite athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone looking to improve their overall health. He is also an active member and Chiropractic Coordinator for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team, traveling and treating rodeo and bull riding athletes.
Brian has a passion for collaborative care – drawing on the strengths of those around him to create ideal patient outcomes. He believes quality care should attempt to achieve patient goals in as few appointments as possible. He takes time to listen and understand patient concerns and compliments that with thorough evaluations.
Brian is certified in Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, FAKTR, and Titleist Performance Institute Golf Evaluations and performs diversified manual manipulations and exercise prescription.
Miranda SallawayCertified Athletic Therapist and Athletic Trainer email@example.com
Nicole JohnstonKinesiologist / Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Nicole! Nicole grew up living a very active lifestyle, whether that was hiking and enjoying the outdoors or playing sports. She was involved in competitive sports from a young age and saw how much of an impact proper exercise, training and rehabilitation for injuries could have on her game and quality of life. This is where her passion for the study of the human body started. Nicole is highly intrigued on how the body moves, how it operates and functions, and how in turn, to properly train these muscles and movements.
Nicole grew up in Sherwood Park and carried on to University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology. She has spent the past years working in health and wellness and is also the Athletic Trainer for minor hockey. In the hockey setting she focuses more on reducing the risk of injury, communication with Physiotherapists and Athletic Therapists and carrying on proper integration of exercise and rehabilitation for athletes. Nicole has found a special interest in concussion management in sports and playing an integral role in athletes return to play progression. She also loves working on mobility for athletes. This means assisting those in need with their ability to move actively through range of motion. Nicole accomplishes this by identifying imbalances, correcting and educating limitations and supplying proper exercises for improvement to affect one’s activities of daily living and performance.
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.