January, 2015

MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic


December 2014 saw the latest incarnation of the David MacIintosh sport medicine clinic relocate to the Goldring centre at the University of Toronto. Tracing its roots back to Hart House in the early 1950’s, the MacIntosh clinic is thought to be the oldest dedicated sport medicine facility in the world.

Moving from the basement of the athletic centre at 55 Harbord street the clinic is now housed in the recently opened Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. This multi-storey sport and exercise facility houses a 2,000-seat, field house for basketball, volleyball, and other court sports, a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning centre, fitness studio, and research and teaching laboratories. Located on the fourth floor with natural light from windows along the entire east side of the clinic and skylights in all treatment rooms (a welcome change from the previous basement location) the MacIntosh clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic employing certified athletic therapists, sport physiotherapists, sport massage therapists, sport physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, a certified pedorthist, and a registered psychologist (in clinical neuropsychology). The CATA is well represented at the MacIntosh Clinic; Andrea Prieur is the head therapist and staff therapists include Erin Brookes, Marcel Charland, Jason Meehan, and Angela Song.

The 4,000 square foot facility has 4 dedicated private treatment rooms for therapists, 4 physician exam rooms, and 3 therapist/physician exam rooms. There is also a dedicated procedure room for physicians and therapists; this room is equipped for doctors to suture wounds and other miscellaneous procedures, and for therapists to tape ankles, manufacture splints, and fit patients for braces.

The main treatment area for therapists is an open treatment area containing 8 up-down treatment tables and a comprehensive assortment of treatment modalities including: shock wave, laser, ultrasound, Himavat, Game Ready cold and compression unit, interferential units, TENS and muscle stimulation units. Adjacent to the treatment area is an open exercise area that includes: an Alter g treadmill, a regular treadmill for gait analysis, a Shuttle MVP pro plyometric trainer, a Keiser functional trainer, and assorted functional training apparatus, such as kettlebells, physio balls, medicine balls, bands, and free weights.

Located directly below the clinic on the third floor of the Goldring Centre, the strength and conditioning centre allows easy interaction and collaboration between the MacIntosh therapy staff and the Varsity strength and conditioning staff while dealing with varsity and high performance athletes.

The clinic has traditional whirlpools on the 4th floor and, in the basement of the Goldring centre, there are two 14 x 20 plunge pools for high performance athlete use. Adjacent to the plunge pools is a satellite clinic for game prep of the varsity court sport teams. The clinic shares the 4th floor with University research and teaching laboratories and the floor below houses the high performance strength and conditioning allowing for unique opportunities of immediate collaboration between sport science disciplines. The latest incarnation of the David MacIntosh sport medicine clinic will continue to allow the Faculty of Physical Education and Kinesiology to continue to provide world class sport medicine treatment to University of Toronto students, varsity athletes, high performance athletes, and active members of the community.

Marcel Charland CAT(C), RMT, SMT


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