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As I sit here and reflect on my experience as chief therapist for the PyeongChang winter Olympics, I cannot help but be proud of what was accomplished.  The games themselves were well organized.  Korean’s did make us feel most welcomed.  The logistics like transportation, lodging and food were up to par.  This made our everyday life very easy.
One can only be ecstatic of how Canada did!  It is our best medal count ever with 29 medals: 11 golds, 8 silvers and 10 bronzes.   As always, some medals got away, some were surprises, but we are certainly very happy about each of them.  Medals are not all that count in this wonderful experience.  The human stories that were told, of highs and lows, of athletes beating all odds just to make it to the Olympics and then performing very well.  Feel good, rehab stories like Mark McMorris, Philippe Marquis to name a few.  Stories of all around happiness like Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, performing their best at their last Olympics.

The Olympics are a celebration of human greatness.  Yes, doping scandals can put a damper on this excitement. Leading up to the Games, I even thought of my own role in perpetuating the negativity of the Games, such as  the doping,  the costs of the Games.  I wondered if by volunteering at the games, it meant that I was endorsing all of what the Games have become, all of the negative aspects.  And then I read an article written by Stéphane Laporte that helped put things in perspective for me.  In a nut shell, he said, yes, we can choose to look at that negativity or we can choose to look at all of these hard workers (athletes) and be in awe of what they have accomplished through years and years of devotion, commitment and sacrifice to be at the top of their sport and be able to represent their country on the worlds’ biggest stage.  The optimum!!   The Olympics are a time when countries come together and try to be on their best behavior.  This time even President Trump managed to behave for those few weeks.  What a wonderful feeling to walk into the cafeteria of an athletes’ village at Olympic Games and see  everyone from different nationalities come together.   At the beginning of the Games, most will hang out with country mates, and by the end of the Games, we see more and more athletes from different countries mingling.  We even see athletes proud to be wearing other countries swags after sweat trades have been made.
There are also some sad stories.  Athletes that have not done as well as they had hoped, or again athletes injuring themselves at the worst time of their competitive life.  That is when we kick in and have to be attentive to their feelings, we have to know when to give them space, when to lend a shoulder to lean on and when to intervene.  Occasionally we are bystanders, because we are not the therapist involved in their primary care, sometimes we are the ones who first see them.  Regardless, we must always be sensitive to them.  I did witness one therapist do an amazing job, helping one athlete recover from a silly injury, one that certainly played a big role in tainting this athletes’ experience of the games.   Out of the 500+ Canadians that were involved in the Olympics, either as athletes, or mission team members or coaching staff etc., each will have their own memories and all will be different.  What defines great games is different for all.  It is wonderful to experience this.  I am very grateful for having been given the opportunity to be part of the best ever Canadian Winter Olympic team!  They were certainly MY best Games yet!
To have been selected as Chief Therapist for these games is an honor, and a role that I took seriously. It is the sum mum of my career so far.   I felt that it was an opportunity to make SPC proud.  And SPC has a lot to be proud of.   In the last decade, I have been privy to witness lots of improvement within our SPC organization.    Having been to 4 major games in the last four years, 2 times as CT (yes that is a lot of volunteering), and having just finished my term as Chief Examiner for SPC, I have seen lots of dedicated physiotherapists working towards improving SPC, and health care for our Canadian athletes. Sometimes human nature is quick to criticize but when we stop and take a good look, we realize that lots has been accomplished. To name a few, a new structure with board members that help guide SPC strategies, written exams being on line, revisiting the learning objectives for exams, diploma holder becoming IFSPT therapists, SPC diploma holders being better recognized as having skill sets that are important if you are to work with National Sports Federations (NSF).  The increased numbers of candidates attempting their Certificate and Diploma exams speaks volume as to the advancement that SPC has made.
Many SPC Diploma therapists were at the games.   Our Canadian athletes were indeed in great hands at the PyeongChang Olympics.  And will continue to be in great hands.  At the games, there were some younger physios without their diploma or certificate levels yet, but they were lucky enough to be at the games, as they work for NSF.  It makes me very content to see that some will be challenging their exams in the near future and wish them the best of luck.  I strongly believe that if we all come together and devote a little bit of our time to SPC, we will help advance our profession locally, provincially and nationally.

Guylaine Boutin,
Chief Therapist PyeongChang Winter Olympics

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Ontario passed concussion safety legislation today to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school! Rowan’s Law makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention!

News Release

Ontario Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation to Protect Amateur Athletes

Province Becomes a National Leader in Concussion Management and Prevention

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario passed ground-breaking concussion safety legislation today to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school.

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2017 makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:

  • Annual review of concussion awareness resources that prevents, identifies and manages concussions that coaches and educators would be required to review before registering in a sport
  • Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion, giving them the time needed to heal properly
  • A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

In honour of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted from sustaining multiple concussions, the proposed legislation also establishes the last Wednesday in September as “Rowan’s Law Day”.

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the country. The province worked closely with key medical experts, researchers and sport leaders — most notably the members of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee — in establishing this first-of-its-kind legislation.

Making amateur sport safer is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The legislation is part of the government’s response to the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee report for the prevention and management of concussions in amateur sport released in September 2017. Chaired by Dr. Dan Cass, the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee was established to review the coroner’s inquest recommendations made following the death of Rowan Stringer.
  • In Ontario, 22 per cent of students reported being knocked out or admitted to hospital due to a head injury in their lifetime. In Canada, among children and youth who visit an emergency department for a sports-related head injury, 39 per cent were diagnosed with concussions, while a further 24 per cent were possible concussions.
  • Ontario’s current work to increase awareness about concussions includes a web portal with information and resources on concussions, and a Sport Recognition Policy that requires all recognized provincial and multi-sport organizations to have policies on concussion management and return-to-play.
  • In 2014, the Ministry of Education issued a policy/program memorandum requiring all school boards to develop and maintain a policy on concussions.

Additional Resources

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Are you a current SPC member with vision and excitement to contribute towards advancing SPC and support the tactics within the Strategic Plan of SPC?

Do you enjoy connecting with colleagues and engaging with members and stakeholders?

Have you considered the opportunity the join the SPC board?

2018 Call for Nominations the SPC Board of Directors

2018 SPC Board Nomination Form & Information

The SPC Nomination Chairperson is putting this call out for interested members to consider joining the SPC Board. For 2018 there are 2 open director positions and 1 chair position.
Members wishing to be nominated should fill out the attached nomination form, candidate statement and issues of the day document. Elections will be held at the SPC Annual General Meeting at the Halifax Convention Centre on Friday June 8th  (approximately 5pm Atlantic -6:30pm). Candidates will be required to attend in person or via webcast/skype to introduce themselves to the AGM attendees. Successful candidates will hold their positions for two years commencing at the Annual General Meeting.

About the Role

The SPC board operates under a Policy Governance Model (more information on Policy Governance can be found here.) The 3 main roles of the SPC board include:

  1. To link with the stakeholders/members and solicit input on the direction of the organization, identify societal shifts that might impact the organization etc.
  2. Establish Policy – this is done in 4 policy category areas: Ends (which articulate the direction of the organization), Executive Limitations, Board Governance and Board/Staff Relations.
  3. Monitor organizational performance – monitor if the organization is progressing toward the established ENDS and functioning within the policy parameters established.

The board has exciting conversations and implements tactics that contribute to the advancement of the Sport Physiotherapy profession. Interacting with stakeholders and members helps inform you as a board member. Board members are also eligible to take the Chair role in years it is open for election, this is a wonderful way to interact with the all components of CPA.

SPC is entering the back half of our strategic plan. Highlights include executing the 2019 International Conference and continuing to build our SPC Profile, in particular our external profile.

Looking for more information on the role? Our Nomination chairperson, Rhonda Shishkin is happy to answer any of your questions (


Time Commitment

The SPC board meets twice a year in person, in the fall for a strategic planning session and at the SPC AGM. In addition, the board meets via teleconference 4-6 additional times throughout the year as required. The next SPC in person meeting will be November 29-December 1st, 2018 and require you to travel to the meeting. Expenses related to board travel are covered in the SPC budget.

Nomination Timeline

If you are interested in getting involved with the National Board of SPC or know someone who would be interested, please forward a completed application form together with the candidate statement and issues of the day document.


Please send your complete documents by April 20th, 2018 to Rhonda Shishkin, Nomination Chairperson via email and put SPC Nominations in the subject line.

2018 SPC Board Nomination Form & Information

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Following the Olympic Excitement!


Meet some of the Core Health Sciences Team


Role of Physiotherapy to Support Olympic Athletes



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Please see the below documentation and the Major Games page of our website for information on the Open Call for Applications for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2018 11:59 Eastern

Questions & Application Contact: Ashley Lewis (


APPLICATION FORM: Download blank copy 


Major Games Application Checklist: Download

About Buenos Aires and Youth Olympic Games: website                                                                


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CCES – (Ottawa, Ontario – January 2, 2018) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to alert the Canadian sport community that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2018 Prohibited List came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Notable modifications to the List include:

  • Dosing parameters of salbutamol were revised to make it clear that divided doses of salbutamol may not exceed 800 micrograms over any 12 hours. The daily maximum of inhaled salbutamol remains 1600 mcg over 24 hours.
  • Previously included in category S8 Cannabinoids, cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. It should be noted that synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains prohibited. Cannabidiol is used by athletes to manage conditions such as pain and inflammation. This change does not impact the status of cannabis – it remains a prohibited substance.
  • In category M2.2 Chemical and Physical Manipulation, the permitted volume and timing of intravenous infusions were changed from infusions of no more than 50 mL per six-hour period to no more than a total of 100 mL per 12-hour period. Treatment scenarios have been updated to reflect medical practice; “hospital admissions” has been changed to “hospital treatments” and “clinical investigations” has been changed to “clinical diagnostic investigations.”
  • In an effort to improve clarity, examples of commonly used glucocorticoids were added to category S9 Glucocorticoids.
  • Alcohol was excluded from the Prohibited List; however, control of its use will be transferred to the four International Federations (IF) that are affected by the change. As a result of category P1’s (alcohol) removal from the List, Beta Blockers (formerly P2) has been renamed P1 Beta Blockers.
  • Glycerol has been removed from the List in light of scientific articles that have confirmed that glycerol’s ability to influence plasma volume and parameters of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is minimal.

The 2018 Prohibited List and the Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes are now available for download on WADA’s website in English and French.

Athletes can find out if their medications are prohibited using the following CCES resources, all of which have been updated to reflect the new List.

For prohibited substances that require a medical exemption, athletes subject to doping control should consult the CCES or their international federation to get complete information on the application process.

  • The CCES Medical Exemption Wizard ( can help athletes find out if they need to apply for an exemption for their prescribed medication, what to include in it and where to submit the application.
  • Email:

Athletes are reminded to exercise caution when consuming supplements as there is a risk that they may contain prohibited substances. For more information on supplements, visit

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233