All posts by Joel Dixon

Should You Use Ice

Should I Use Ice After an Injury?

One of the most commonly asked questions by patients when dealing with new (acute) or long-standing (chronic) injuries is, “should I use ice after an injury”?  The majority of healthcare providers advise icing for new injuries (onset to 72 hrs), and then heat for injuries of a longer duration. The purpose of this post is … Continue reading Should I Use Ice After an Injury?

Running Shoes and Orthotics

Running Shoes and Orthotics

This power-point presentation covers running shoes and orthotics. This presentation was created for a learn to run group. It covers everything from how to select a running shoe to running shoes and injury prevention. As well as how orthotics work. Click here to view presentation Click here for more information on orthotics.

Blackhawks Test

Dutchmen Captain Connor Cole Takes on the Blackhawks Test

Captain of the 2015/16 Kitchener Dutchmen, Connor Cole is demonstrating the NHL physical exertion test. The Blackhawks test was designed by the Chicago Blackhawks medical staff. A concussion is an energy deficit. The purpose of the NHL (Chicago Blackhawks) physical exertion test is to exhaust an athlete, draining their energy. The Blackhawks test is a 28 minute, … Continue reading Dutchmen Captain Connor Cole Takes on the Blackhawks Test

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The majority of the general public has heard of carpel tunnel syndrome, even if they do not exactly know what it is. Carpel tunnel syndrome is an entrapment of the median nerve as it travels through the carpel tunnel. This syndrome is common knowledge because it’s the number one nerve entrapment of the upper limb. … Continue reading Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Tension Headaches and Post Concussion Syndrome

Tension Headaches and Post Concussion Syndrome

What are Tension Headaches? Headaches are among the most prevalent healthcare disorders affecting North Americans. The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension-type headaches affect 30 – 80 % of the general population (women are 2x’s more likely to be afflicted) with the average individual experiencing tension headaches twice a month. Three … Continue reading Tension Headaches and Post Concussion Syndrome

patellofemoral pain syndrome

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: The Bane of the Novice Runner

This winter has appeared to come and go with little more than a whimper and if you’re like me you’re probably itching to get outside and enjoy the fantastic weather that is around the corner. For some individuals this will entail running, biking and recreational sports. The one unifying factor for all of these people … Continue reading Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: The Bane of the Novice Runner

NFL sideline concussion management

NFL’s Sideline Concussion Management

Sunday night during Super Bowl 50, Carolina Panther’s wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown left the biggest game of his career in the third quarter with concussive like symptoms after he went for a pass from Cam Newton. Before I try to shine some light on the NFL’s sideline concussion management I just wanted to comment on how … Continue reading NFL’s Sideline Concussion Management

Concussion Movie Review

Concussion Movie Review

The Concussion movie follows the tragic story of a forensic neuropathologist from Nigeria (played by Will Smith) who discovers brain damage in deceased NFL legend, Mike Webster. When Dr. Omalu publishes his findings he receives personal and professional condemnation from colleagues and the NFL. It is not until Dr. Omalu enlists the help of Dr. Julian Bailes … Continue reading Concussion Movie Review

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Concussion The Movie

  Preface to the science behind chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Prior to writing this article, I spoke extensively with family and friends about the subject matter (concussion movie & chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and it became apparent that I only created more questions in my failed attempt to educate them. The question I heard the most was how … Continue reading Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Concussion The Movie