#CTP 20: PT Lauren Ziaks – Concussion Recovery

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

In episode 20 of Concussion Talk Podcast (#CTP) I talk to physiotherapist Lauren Ziaks. Lauren is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Wasatch Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Park City, Utah and is a Concussion Specialist at their Concussion Clinic. I first became aware of Lauren’s remarkable story while listening to an American Continue Reading

Concussion Research in Toronto

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

Happy New Year! I spent ten days of the holiday season in Toronto seeing family, friends, and by chance, yet very fortunately, meeting the amazing team at the Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital! I hadn’t planned to meet the team or even see the hospital, rehab, or research facilities at Holland Bloorview before I got to Toronto, but …

Podcast #10! With physiotherapist Dr. Jess Schwartz!

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

Thank you for listening to my podcasts! This is the tenth episode of Concussion Talk Podcast, and the final episode of 2015. I hope you listen again in 2016! In this episode I talk to Dr. Jess Schwartz, a Doctor of Physical Therapy in New York. We discuss concussions; how they’re treated, symptoms, why she is interested in the treatment …

New Podcast! Football, Concussions, UBC

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

In episode 9 of Concussion Talk Podcast I talk to Alex Rebchuk and Harrison Brown, two graduate students at  UBC (University of British Columbia) School of Kinesiology. With the enthusiastic participation of the UBC Thunderbirds Football team, the funding and support of Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, MEA Forensic Engineer and Scientists, UBC School of Kinesiology, and using a small device called an …

Skiers & Writers!

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

It can be tricky out there, but it can also be a lot of fun! If you do head out on the slopes this winter, please listen to my latest, ski-focused podcast. Listen to, and read about, Sally Francklyn’s incredible story and her experienced and excellent advice about being aware and ready! Many skiers have had close calls to major …

New Podcast with Sally Francklyn!

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

This is Episode 8 of Concussion Talk Podcast. It is about the upcoming ski season, and my podcast guest is Sally Francklyn. Sally is from Colorado Springs and used to work at Ski Magazine, which included travel to New Zealand, Chile, and British Columbia. She was also a ski patroller at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She talks about where to ski, …

Skiing with Sally!

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

On Monday, November 16, I will have a new podcast out. This one will be about the upcoming ski season, and my podcast guest will be Sally Francklyn. Sally is from Colorado Springs and used to work at Ski Magazine, which included travel to New Zealand, Chile, and British Columbia. She will talk about where to ski, what to remember …

Letter to the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

Yesterday, the new federal cabinet in Canada was sworn in, and with it new names and titles of ministers. Below is my letter to the Hounrable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. This short piece from the Vancouver Sun breaks down her many accomplishments, demonstrating her preparedness for this job. I wish her all the best! …

New Podcast! Jeff Brooks, Football, G Force Tracking

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

In episode seven of Concussion Talk Podcast, I talk to Jeff Brooks. Jeff was previously a linebackeer for the University of Western Mustangs Football Team, and is now a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario doing his Master’s in Biomechanics measuring the force of hits in football as well as collecting electroencephalgram (EEG) data of brain activity to …

New Podcast – Concussion Connection!

Nick.concussiontalk Nick Mercer

In the latest Concussion Talk Podcast, episode six, I talk to Lauren and Samantha of Concussion Connection. They are both soccer players who’ve had concussions, and decided to start a concussion focused website. Their goal with their website “is dedicated to improving education, awareness, support and treatment of sports-related concussions and their resulting psychological effects.” Two years ago Lauren and …