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Health & Performance Centre
By Cyndy McLean

"Many valuable services, one convenient location" - www.uoguelph.ca/hpc

The Health and Performance Centre (HPC) specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic orthopedic, musculoskeletal, sport, and activity related injuries. The Centre also provides a variety of health promotion services including fitness and nutrition expertise. The Centre's multidisciplinary team includes: sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, massage therapists, dietitian, pedorthist, chiropractor, and fitness consultant. The HPC provides service to all students and their families, staff as well as the general community.

When is medical consultation required for a sport/activity related injury?

  • Can't bear weight
    OR
  • Visible swelling within the joint that prevents the joint from going through a normal range of motion
    OR
  • If symptoms haven't improved in 3-5 days.

    With a valid health card, The Ministry of Health covers the services provided by a sports medicine physician. Other provincial plans may be eligible. For more information, please contact the HPC at 767-5011 or ext. 53460.

    What immediate care should be provided for an injury?
    Remember "RICE":
    R Rest. Injured tissues must have a period of rest.
    I Ice should be applied every 10 minutes rather than 1 long application.
    C Compression. Use a compression bandage (tensor) to control swelling.
    E Elevate the injured part to improve drainage in the injured area. Avoid anything that could increase swelling during the first 24 hours (e.g. hot showers, heat rubs, hot packs and alcohol).

    How can chronic injuries be prevented?
    Chronic injuries can be avoided by promptly caring for initial injuries. Poor posture, lack of strength and flexibility, or overuse and repetition can lead to chronic injuries. Massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy and pedorthic services are important treatments in the prevention and rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries.
    These services are offered at the HPC on a fee for service basis. Many of the services are eligible for coverage by provincial and international health plans, the University of Guelph student health plan and other extended health plans. Students are encouraged to investigate their health coverage.

    What are the most important nutrition concerns for active individuals?
    Hydration status is an important aspect of exercise performance. Water has many critical functions in the body and dehydration can lead to a variety of heat-related conditions that can be life threatening. Top performance in exercise and everyday life also depends on optimal "fueling". The right balance of nutrients can boost energy, ensure good health and optimize exercise performance.

    Nutrition and fitness expertise are available at the HPC on a fee for service basis. Individual and group programs are available to enhance performance, improve health or assist with weight loss/gain.

    The Health and Performance Centre is located on the second floor of the John T. Powell Building. It is easily accessed off of East Ring Road and is located near the Twin Pad Arena, Athletics and Student Health Services. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. For general enquiries and appointments, please visit the website at www.uoguelph.ca\hpc or call (519) 767-5011 or ext. 55011.

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