Meaghan Adams: Recipe for Success
Meaghan Adams is a physiotherapist and neuroscientist. Her research focuses on how concussions affect brain function, especially related to sensory integration. She earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.
1. Tell us a little bit about your clinical practice/business.
I’m working part-time in a sports medicine clinic as I finish my PhD. I work with an awesome team of physiotherapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, and sports medicine physicians. The bulk of my patients have concussions or vestibular issues, but I see a fair number of orthopedic sports injuries, as well.
2. What is the book that you’ve gifted most frequently?
I love giving books as gifts, but I don’t think I’ve ever given the same one twice. Most recently, I gave my nephew a copy of “Guess How Much I Love You,” which is one of my favourite books to read with my son. The last line is, “I love you all the way to the moon… and back!”
3. What’s your favourite blog, podcast or online resource?
I love Julie Wiebe’s blog. My clinical practice has a very different focus than hers, but she has a very interesting way of looking at clinical situations, and she explains her work in such understandable terms. I admire that. I also listen to a ton of different podcasts, covering topics from history to business to physiotherapy. My absolute favourite, though, is Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio. I love hearing about what other scientists are doing!
4. What advice would you give to your 25-year old self?
Slow down and enjoy where you’re at. And not to worry so much… it will all work out okay in the end!
5. Why did you decide to join the Embodia Instructor community?
Think concussion rehab is something all physiotherapists should have the opportunity to learn if they’re interested. I think it should be like pelvic health physiotherapy – if you’re interested in it, there should be lots of opportunities to learn and develop clinical expertise.
We don’t accept that there is a “recipe treatment” we need to follow to treat shoulders or incontinence or stroke, so why should concussion be any different? With Embodia, I can reach students across the country and provide concussion training that works for their schedules and in their lives. Embodia has tools to allow me to communicate on an ongoing basis with students, and to adapt the courses I provide to meet clinicians’ needs. It was kind of a no-brainer!
6. What is one thing that has led to your success?
Listening more than I speak, and asking questions when I don’t understand. I know, that’s two things, not one.
I wear a lot of “hats” day-to-day – clinician, scientist, teacher, parent, partner, friend – and this advice has led to the most success in all areas of my life.
Meaghan Adams, PT, BSc, MSc(PT), PhD(Neuroscience)
Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs after concussion, with a special focus on women with persistent symptoms.
Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.