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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

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BVI 100m Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott

Toronto Chiropractor in Rio Olympics

Serena on centre court


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Olympic Training Pool


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Inside the Aquatics Centre

Toronto Chiropractor

 No complaints about the food!

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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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Toronto Sport Dietitian

A Sports Dietitian is very different than a Registered Dietitian.  Sports Dietitians are Registered Dietitians that have received additional training and have specialized in sports and physical activity.  This is a really important difference as the body processes and uses the nutrition you get from your food and supplements differently when your body is physically active.  Furthermore, everyone is different and therefore needs different nutritional recommendations.  Knowing this, there are differences in the information that a Sports Dietitian needs for your initial assessment in order to make the best-customized nutritional recommendations for you. 

Here’s a list of things that you need to prepare before your first assessment with a Sports Dietitian:

Basic Info

The Basic Info includes your age, height, weight (Measured first thing in the morning after you pee), food allergies, intolerances, religious or cultural practices involving food, past medical history and any medications, including birth control for women.  Now for me, I also like to take your current clothing sizes because weight can be very tricky in athletes.  Athletes usually have a body composition higher in muscle mass, which weighs much more than fat does.  Current clothing size gives a lot of information and will continue to give a lot of information as you work with your Sports Dietitian.  One other thing to consider is which notch you’re currently using on your belt; this can give us a lot of information too, especially if you prefer baggy clothes.  For women, clothing or dress sizes are a bit tricky, especially since leggings are so popular now and will ultimately depend on the brand.  Pick one outfit, preferably with jeans or dress pants, and write down those clothing sizes. Remember that outfit because that’s the outfit we’ll be comparing to. 


Athletes usually take many supplements to help them improve their performance, this includes protein powders, protein bars, multivitamins and even herbal supplements.  Not all supplements are created equal! Some supplement brands have a really bad reputation of not having their product match the ingredient list or the health claims that are made on the label.  Some other supplements may have banned substances in them, so it’s best to either bring a list of the supplements or you could easily take photos of the front and back labels on your phone.  Your Sports Dietitian will make sure the supplements you’re taking are safe and effective.  If not, they will definitely work together with you to pick out the best Sport Supplement for you. 

Sport/ Workout Schedule

Athletes usually have a pretty set schedule as to when they work out or train.  Providing your Sports Dietitian with your training schedule will help the Sports Dietitian best time your meal intakes to fuel your training sessions and to help you recover from your workout or training session better.  It’s also really helpful to know what the purpose of the training session is.  For example, a hockey player may have a training session focusing on stick handling or speed skating; these are very different training goals and have to be fed differently.  Or you might be a runner, knowing if it’s a hills training session, tempo run or speed run would also help the Sports Dietitian know how to best feed you.  It’s also best to make an honest note of your Perceived Rate of Exertion on a scale of 1 to 10.  Different workout intensities create different nutritional needs as different intensities use different energy pathways in the body that requires different feeding targets.  Knowing the Perceived Rate of Exertion will help the Sports Dietitian make better recommendations.

Past History with your Sport

It’s most likely that you’ve been active in your sport for some time before seeing a Sports Dietitian to help bring you to the next level, so it’s important to bring that information to the appointment.  Whether you’re a Body Builder or a Gymnast, it’s important to know how long you’ve been active in your sport for.  Athletes develop something called muscle maturity, which can affect how effectively your body uses nutrients and calories.  Typically, the longer you’ve been active in your sport, the more muscle maturity you have.  This can mean that your muscles have become more efficient at using calories, which will make a huge difference in the food targets that your Sports Dietitian sets for you. 

Since athletes are so unique and different, it takes a long time to establish exactly what works best for you and your athletic performance.  Sports Dietitians need long-term data in order to see trends and patterns in your competitive results.  For example, a cross-country runner or a swimmer may have race and training data from the previous season.  It’s important to bring this data in because the Sports Dietitian will work together with you to get your body ready for competitions by trying different Sports Nutrition strategies at different times to see what works best for you. 

Past Injuries

Many athletes have experienced some form of injury at some point in their career, it’s important to share this with your Dietitian.  The type of injury can indicate a different nutritional issue that needs to be addressed.  For example, many runners tend to get shin splints, cramps and knee of lower back injury.  These can all tell very different stories as to what the athlete needs in their diet to prevent these injuries from occurring again because an injury can mean the end of your competitive season!

Athletic Season

It’s not likely that you’ll get to cover your entire athletic season in the first or second assessment with your Sports Dietitian but it’s a good idea to bring a schedule of your athletic season to your first assessment.  Sports Nutrition goes through periodization to match your athletic season.  For example, a Triathlete training for their first Ironman race will need different nutritional recommendations at different points of their training schedule.  This is to best support the training as well as to get your body in the best shape possible for race day.  For Physique competitors and Body Builders, this is to best plan and match which phase you’re currently training in because the nutritional goals for a bulk are extremely different than a cut phase.  Furthermore, there are different nutritional goals in the competitive season versus the off-season.  Make sure you let your Sports Dietitian know if you’re in your competitive season or if you’re in the off-season. 

As you can see from the list above there’s a lot of information that a Sports Dietitian needs in order to help you reach your maximum potential in your sport.  Giving more information could mean the difference between First or Second place.  Remember, everyone is different and so are their needs.  The more information you bring the better your Sports Dietitian will understand your unique nutritional needs.  Also remember that the most effective time to see a Sports Dietitian is in your off season as it’s very likely that they will need to get in touch with your coach to see what their goals are for you for the upcoming season and believe it or not, the off season is the best time to reach those goals in order to ensure you have the best competitive season possible.  Once you start working with a Sports Dietitian keep in mind that you’ll likely be working with them for the entire season, so the better your Sports Dietitian knows you and your unique needs the better you’ll perform!

Provided by Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian, Benjamin Sit.  Appointments with a Sport Dietitian can be made at our Yonge & Sheppard, Yonge & Eglinton and King & Yonge locations.

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