“I Truly Believe That Movement is Medicine”

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dr. Kim Coros, a Physiatrist at Bridgepoint, leads a double life. Four days a week she’s at the hospital working with patients on the Neurologic Rehabilitation unit. One day a week, she’s at the Athletics Canada training hub or Canadian Sport Institute, working with Olympic, Paralympic, and other high-performance athletes.

As a Physiatrist, Dr. Coros has expertise in the functioning of muscles, bones and nerves. There are some definite contrasts between the populations she works with in her two roles. “At Bridgepoint, the patients I see may be recovering after a brain or spinal cord injury or they may have a chronic condition affecting movement, such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. I work with the care team to help the patient to improve their function so that they can get back to their lives in the community,” she says. “With athletes, on the other hand, we’re working to optimize their performance. That can be about shaving tenths of a second from a race time.”

Whether she’s working with patients on the unit at Bridgepoint, or trackside at Canada’s National Track and Field Championships, there are some striking similarities to her roles. “Both of my roles are about problem solving, working with a team to provide excellent care, and helping individuals to achieve their specific goals. I feel incredibly lucky to work with both populations. Seeing people achieve their goals is extremely rewarding.”

In addition to the dual roles in her practice, Dr. Coros is also a passionate advocate when it comes to promoting physical activity as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. She takes her message about physical activity to the classroom at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Medical Students about how to support patients to be active and exercise safely. “I think physicians sometimes feel uneasy about giving advice on exercise, especially for patients who have chronic conditions,” she says. “They’re worried about the possibility of harm. I want them to be equipped with the knowledge they need, because the potential consequences of inactivity are generally much greater and a much larger problem in our culture.”

When it comes to physical activity, Dr. Coros likes to ‘walk the walk’. She played competitive soccer until recently and now trains for triathlons. But, she emphasizes that we don’t all have to be athletes to reap the benefits of physical activity. “Exercise and physical activity can be for everyone. You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the health benefits. At the end of the day, I truly believe that movement is medicine.”

Full Story by: http://www.sinaihealthsystem.ca

News Category: 

Latest News

  • Sarah Douglas
    August 15, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TORONTO (August 15, 2019) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) would like to congratulate Team Canada on a successful 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. The Canadian Team delivered inspiring and powerful performances time...
  • August 9, 2019
    For Immediate Release TORONTO (August 9, 2019) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Modo Yoga St. Catharines. The partnership will provide CSIO -registered athletes with an opportunity to access the...
  • August 9, 2019
    LIMA , PERU – Day 13 saw team sports make progress in their efforts to punch their ticket to Tokyo 2020 as the men’s field hockey team defeat Chile to join the women’s team in the quest for an Olympic berth. Both teams will play Argentina in the...
  • August 8, 2019
    There will be no Open Training Hours for AAP carded athletes on Monday August 12th, 2019. Regular Open Training Hours will resume on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:30am. As an alternative, we recommend AAP carded athletes utilize the public gym...
  • August 8, 2019
    LIMA , PERU – Canada will compete in another equestrian event at Tokyo 2020 thanks to the jumping team, who placed fourth in Lima to secure a quota spot. Though the top three teams are guaranteed an Olympic berth, the USA had already qualified at a...