Concussion Management

Multidisciplinary, comprehensive, evidence based concussion care.

Concussion Management

What Is A Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull following impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. The impact causes a biochemical imbalance within the brain cells, resulting in decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, headache, pressure in the head, neck pain, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance problems, among others.

Check out the 4 characteristics of a good concussion clinic.

Concussion Treatment

Although concussions typically resolve within 10–14 days in adults and 4 weeks in children, proper management during this phase can be helpful to prevent persistent symptoms. Appropriate activity modification and gradual return to sport or activities is key.

A variety of treatments may be required for ongoing or persistent symptoms and impairments. This includes exercise, psychological, cervical and vestibular rehabilitation.

Multimodal Baseline Testing

Baseline testing is not required to provide post-injury care to those who have sustained a suspected or diagnosed concussion. However, baseline testing is sometimes used in established concussion protocols with high risk athletes, including elite, national team or professional athletes.

Multimodal baseline testing is a series of physical and cognitive tests that provides a pre-injury overview of healthy brain function. These tests can offer healthcare practitioners with an objective benchmark on which to compare should a patient sustain a concussion.

Team Approach

Pure Lifestyle fully supports and believes in the multidisciplinary approach to concussion management. We are proud to be able to offer many services under one roof as necessary for optimal care of concussion care. In addition to our highly qualified team, Pure Lifestyle also has an extensive referral network for more complex cases.

Dr. Matthew Katz

Dr. Matthew Katz

Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Katz is a locally trained physician, specializing in sport and exercise medicine. He completed his medical school training at the University of Manitoba in 2015. After completing his family medicine training at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Katz went onto obtain a certificate of added competence in sport and exercise medicine from the University of Manitoba and Legacy Sport Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Katz currently is employed at Pure Lifestyle, Legacy Sport Medicine and Pine Falls Primary Health Clinic where he focuses on patient with common musculoskeletal conditions such as rotator cuff disease and osteoarthritis. He also is one of the consulting physicians for FC Valour of the Canadian Premier League.


Bachelor of Sciences, University of Winnipeg, BSc
Doctor of Medicine, 2016, University of Manitoba, MD
Certificant of the Family of College Physicians, CFPC
Certificate of Added Competence 2019, Sport and Exercise Medicine
Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Richard Rusk

Dr. Richard Rusk

Clinical Physician

Dr. Rusk started his training in South Africa as a veterinarian at the University of Pretoria.  After graduation, he came to rural Canada for an adventure and has been here ever since.  He lived in rural Alberta and Manitoba for 8 years practicing as a cattle veterinarian before moving to Winnipeg to do his medical degree.

Dr. Rusk trained in Preventative and Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba for medical school and residency.  He completed the Public Health and Preventative Medicine residency, with a focus on primary and secondary prevention of infectious and chronic diseases.

Dr Rusk has worked in Concordia Emergency Department, community family practice and with the Ministry of Health focusing on developing preventative programs and addressing the emergence of infectious diseases.  He has also been instrumental in advancing the One Wellness framework and concept that focuses on the wellness of humans and animals and takes into consideration the health of the environment.

He is very passionate about his career which he demonstrates by sharing his knowledge and expertise by teaching medical students and residents on the benefits of focusing upstream with prevention before disease. He too believes in a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates with physiotherapists, athletic therapists, kinesiologists and teaches continuing education courses in Manitoba and Canada.

Dr. Rusk strives to provide and expand Preventative Medicine in Manitoba. He believes that patients can prevent many conditions through careful consideration to their nutritional and mental diet, through participating in physical and social activities, and thus preventing disease and promoting wellbeing. Through the multi-disciplinary team of Pure Wellness, we have a unique opportunity to improve each and everyone that participates in care from this team.

In his spare time, he has competed for Canada in the Age Group World Triathlon championships, has bicycled to Everest base camp and has run the Hypothermic Half Marathon as only a true Manitoban could.


Community and Family Preventative Medicine Physician
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Medical Doctor (MD)
Certificant of the College of Family Physicians (CCFP)
Diploma of American Board of Preventative Medicine (Dip ABPM)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)
Clinical Physician

Steve Moerman

Steve Moerman

Manager, Physiotherapy

Steve completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba in 2008, and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (PT) in 2013 also from the University of Manitoba. As a student he found his passion in orthopaedics, sports physiotherapy and advanced exercise. With 5 years of personal training experience, Steve thrives in the gym atmosphere that Pure provides.

“I have always had a passions for health, wellness and fitness. I love how at Pure we have bridged the gap between physiotherapy and fitness training. The two go hand in hand and I believe it is the future of our profession.”

In 2018 Steve completed a Master’s of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Manipulative Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario where he also became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Since then Steve has developed a passion for evidenced based practice and leadership within the physiotherapy profession.

Steve is extremely hard working, and takes pride in all the he puts his hands to. He loves the different opportunities that a career as a physiotherapist offers and is committed to lifelong learning.


MClSc – Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice
BMR PT – Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy
BSc – Bachelor of Science
Functional Movement Screen Level 1 (FMS)
Licensed in Acupuncture
NCCP Level 2 Olympic Lifting
FCAMPT – Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists
CCMI Certified Therapist


Camping, fishing, hiking
Carpentry and home renovations


Board member of the National Orthopaedic Division Executive - 2018-2020
Awarded the Joan K. Edwards award in 2018 through the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession within the first five years of his career
Assistant in the advanced postgraduate orthopaedic level system
Guest lecturer for Sport Physiotherapy Canada - MB Section
Co-founder of @strengthphysios who lecture to CrossFit gyms on injury prevention and performance enhancement
Clinical Instructor for University of Manitoba Physiotherapy students
Board member of the MB-Section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada 2010-2017
Manager, Physiotherapy