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Recipe of the Month: Vegan Italian Sausages

By ADMIN on September 07, 2016

Toronto Sport Dietitian



  • ½ cup cooked red or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth1 tbsp Olive Oil OR 1 tbsp tomato paste (Tomato paste is an excellent replacement for fat in recipes)
  • 2 tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 1 ¼ gluten flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed OR 1 tsp ground fennel seed
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper


  1. Begin boiling water to steam the sausages
  2. Prepare 4 flat square sheets of aluminum foil and set aside
  3. Mash together the beans, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, paprika, oregano, thyme and black pepper until a smooth paste is formed
  4. Combine the Gluten flour with nutritional yeast together in a mixing bowl
  5. Combine the bean paste mixture with the gluten flour mixture and add the vegetable broth kneading together all ingredients very quickly to form a dough (Can be done in a stand mixer using a dough hook attachment)
  6. Divide the dough evenly in 4 pieces and place on aluminum foil
  7. Roll up the dough loosely in the aluminum foil and seal off the ends of the foil, leave some extra space as the dough will expand
  8. Steam the rolled up sausage dough in the steamer for 40 minutes
  9. Remove from steamer and unwrap when the sausages are cold enough to handle.  The sausages can be eaten immediately, pan fried to be used in pasta or rice dishes or refrigerated/ frozen for future use

Provided by Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian Ben Sit.  Appointments with an Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian can be made at our Yonge & SheppardYonge & Eglinton and King & Yonge locations.

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Athlete's Care has partner with the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon in providing a discount to our patients interested in participating in the following Run Toronto events.  (

The promo code provided below will expire on the last day of “online entry”.

DATE:  Saturday September 10, 2016

PROMO CODE:  ACT5K  The amount off is $15.00

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Toronto running

DATE:  Saturday October 1, 2016

PROMO CODE:  ACCOLL The amount off is $15.00 for both the 10 k and half

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Toronto running

DATE: Sunday May 7, 2017

PROMO CODE:  ACGFTM The amount off for each event except the relay is $15.00

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Dr. Matt McGrath is the team Chiropractor for the British Virgin Islands athletes competing in Swimming and Athletics.
Here he shares more pictures with us, straight from the athlete's village and at multiple venues around Rio.

Matt McGrath currently sees patients at Athlete's Care Scarborough and at our North York location at Empress Walk


Rio from above

Toronto Chiropractor at Olympics


BVI Sprinter Ashley Kelly warming up

Toronto Chiropractor with Sprinter


Christ the Redeemer

Toronto Chiropractor in Rio


Plaza in the Athlete's Village

Toronto Chiropractor at Olympics


Sugar Loaf Mountain

Toronto Chiropractor in Rio Olympics


More pictures to come as Matt finishes up his time in Rio...

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From inside the village in Rio 2016

By ADMIN on August 12, 2016

Dr. Matt McGrath is currently in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. He is the team Chiropractor for the British Virgin Islands. BVI athletes are competing in Swimming and Athletics.
He will be in the athlete's village and at multiple venues giving an insider's point of view.
To learn more about Toronto Chiropractor Matt McGrath and the clinics he works at please click here

Cloudy day at Olympic Track

Toronto Chiropractor

BVI 100m Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott

Toronto Chiropractor in Rio Olympics

Serena on centre court


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Olympic Training Pool


Chiropractor in Toronto


Inside the Aquatics Centre

Toronto Chiropractor

 No complaints about the food!

 Chiropractor in Toronto
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Kinesio Tape is a therapeutic tool that may be used by your physiotherapist or chiropractor at our Toronto clinics. Whether you are a professional athlete at the top of your game or a dedicated amateur, you train hard, but injuries and pain can keep you from enjoying your sport and may even get in the way of making progress. Muscles, tendons and ligaments are prone to injury and soreness and Kinesio Tape was developed to help athletes heal and continue to train through recovery as well as prevent injury. It can be used in some cases instead of heavier and more restrictive bracing. You don’t have to be an athlete, though, to take advantage of its very useful properties. Here’s a look at Kinesio Tape and how it is used.

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What is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Taping was first developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan in the 1970s. As a chiropractor, acupuncturist and therapist, he developed what was to become Kinesio Tape (also called KT Tape,) with the desire to extend the effects of manual therapy. He wanted his clients to be able to use something to help them between visits. After its introduction in Japan, it eventually made its way west to Europe and North America in the mid-1990s.

Kinesio tape looks just like that – tape – that has been designed specifically to support muscles, ligaments and tendons and ease pain and soreness. Kinesio Tape is made of latex-free elastic material that stretches lengthwise but not in its width. That way it can provide flexible support that doesn’t restrict circulation or how you move. It is breathable and allows for moisture release, which is crucial for comfortable wear. It should not ever feel itchy or otherwise irritating.

The texture and flexibility of Kinesio Tape mimic the way living skin works, which is why it is so effective. By stabilizing and supporting the soft tissue, it works to help correction injuries and conditions involving joints. As such, it is used to help correct joint and other bodily alignments, which aids in recovery. It can even be used to correct posture.

Today, it is used by professional athletes to train and even play while they heal from injury and can be used by anyone to return to normal activity levels. It is lightweight and comfortable and designed to be worn 24 hours a day.

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What is Kinesio Tape used for?

Kinesio Tape has also been used for everything from chronic pain to headaches. The physiotherapists and chiropractors at our Toronto clinics use Kinesio Tape to treat a wide variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular and neurological injuries and conditions. It provides relief around the clock and will stay on even if you strain or sweat. It can be worn when you shower or even when you swim.

  • Lower back strain/pain (including subluxations, herniated disc);
  • Knee pain;
  • Shin splints;
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • Tennis elbow;
  • Shoulder pain;
  • Hamstring and groin injuries;
  • Rotator cuff injuries;
  • Whiplash;
  • Plantar fasciitis;
  • Edema or swelling caused by an accumulation of fluids.

Kinesio Taping is also used for injury prevention. It will help to prevent edema or swelling and can be used for prevention and maintenance after injury. Kinesio Tape works on the circulatory, lymphatic and neural systems as well as on the muscles and soft tissue.

Kinesio Tape can be used for ongoing therapy but it has also been used in the case of sudden injury or strain in the middle of competition. In stabilizing the area, it prevents further injury. Physiotherapists and chiropractors at our Toronto clinics often apply Kinesio Tape after a therapy session to extend the effects and increase its effectiveness. Kinesio Tape can help make the fascial tissue easier for a physiotherapist or chiropractor to manipulate.

When it comes to pain relief, Kinesio Tape can also help to drain the fluids that cause edema and bruising. Professional athletes often use Kinesio Taping to address and help prevent known issues such as rolling ankles or patellar tracking.

How is Kinesio Tape used?

Kinesio Tape is applied along the soft tissue areas, including muscles, ligaments or tendons. Your Toronto physiotherapist or chiropractor will use it in specific patterns designed to help particular areas of concern.

The technique is based on how the body heals itself. Application of the tape helps to reduce inflammation and lets overtired muscles relax while still allowing a full range of motion. Traditional sports taping tends to restrict bodily fluids and as such can only be worn for limited periods of time, while Kinesio Tape is able to prove 24 hour a day protection and support.

While it looks fairly simple in principle, in reality it requires precise knowledge of exactly where to apply the Tape for maximum benefit.

At Athletescare Toronto, our physiotherapists and chiropractors are dedicated to helping their clients train better, heal faster and get back to their normal routine. Call us or make an appointment today to ask about how Kinesio Tape might help your recovery.



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