Jacquie van Ierssel PT, PhD(candidate), MScRehab, BScPT, BPE, FCAMPT, SPC Diploma, CAFCI - Founder, R2P Concussion Management


Since 2013, I have provided evidence-based concussion management education to hundreds of clinicians across Canada.  




Jacquie van Ierssel is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa.  Her doctoral research is centred on the development of a health-related quality of life tool for individuals with persistent post-concussion symptoms.  Her work seeks to measure the impact of concussion in order to inform clinical management based on patient priorities.  She graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 1998, after first obtaining a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994.  She also holds an MSc (Rehabilitation) from McMaster University, where her research focused on return to sport following ACL reconstruction.  Jacquie has gone on to complete the highest level of post-graduate diplomas in both advanced orthopaedics and sports physiotherapy, earning her FCAMPT in 2004 and SPC diploma in 2007.  She has also successfully completed a competency-based certification in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University. Additionally, she obtained her certification in acupuncture from the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, and is a nationally-accredited certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified sports first responder.  Jacquie has enjoyed academic status as a clinical instructor at U of T’s Department of Physical Therapy, and is past chair of the Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Ontario section.  Jacquie continues to teach small group labs in Human Anatomy, and the Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries at the University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics.  As an invited speaker at several professional conferences, Jacquie has spoken about the evidence-based management of concussion across the country.

Jacquie founded R2P™ Concussion Management to promote a systematic and evidence based approach to identify the cause of concussion symptoms and create a treatment plan.  As an orthopaedic and sport physiotherapist, Jacquie has over 20 years of experience working with athletes from a recreational level through to and including Olympic athletes.  She has worked extensively with sports teams to provide on-field and clinical care with Gymnastics Canada, Skate Canada, , Athletics Canada, Special Olympics, and the University of Toronto. During over a decade of experience at the University of Toronto with the multidisciplinary concussion clinic and research staff, Jacquie treated a high volume of concussed athletes, with a focus on return to play. Her continuum of care included facilitating neuro-psychological baseline testing, acute on-field assessment of injured athletes, management of acute and chronic symptoms, and return to play exercise progressions. 

Jacquie continues to maintain a clinical caseload treating orthopaedic, sport, vestibular, and concussion injuries.  She combines her passion as an academic, researcher, clinician, and athlete to provide the highest level of care to her patients.

 An avid athlete herself, Jacquie has been a competitive athlete in cross country mountain biking at a national level, and represented UofT as a nordic skier at an intercollegiate level.  Jacquie’s current passion is marathon training, and she can be frequently found running along the trails of the Ottawa River.

Professional and competent!
— Anonymous student feedback



Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Congress Book of Abstracts: The Role of Physiotherapy in Concussion Management; June 18-20, 2015. 


Concussion 101; College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, http://collegept.org/Resources/Perspectives/Concussion101

#physiohelpslives campaign; Ontario Physiotherapy Association; https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=physiohelpslives%20concussion

External Reviewer

Concussion Management: A Toolkit for Physiotherapists; Physiotherapy Alberta – College and Association

Invited Speaker

Annual General Meeting, Manitoba Orthopaedic Division and Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Winnipeg.  Most Recent Evidence and Clinical Applications of Managing Post-Concussion Symptoms; April 8, 2017

Annual General Meeting, Manitoba Orthopaedic Division and Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Winnipeg.  Acute On-Field Care of Concussions; April 8, 2017

InterACTION Annual Conference, Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Toronto. Evidence-Based Management of Concussion; April 9, 2016. 

National Congress, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Halifax. The Role of Physiotherapy in Concussion Management; June 18-20, 2015.

Annual General Meeting, Ontario Section of the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Toronto. The Role of Physiotherapy in Concussion Management; May 30, 2015.


UHN Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2015, University Health Network, Toronto. Van Ierssel, J. Poster Presentation: Content comparison of HRQOL instruments based on the ICF Core Sets for mTBI: a systematic review; January 30, 2015.