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The annual SPC Concussion Symposium will be January 19, 2019 at the MacEwan Conference and Event Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Stay tuned to our website for more details and registration.

Highlights:

  • Great speakers from a wide range of expertise
  • Sunday SPC ski day – group discount rate- make a vacation out of it!
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Longer presentations and more Q&A time

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SPC Special Newsletter: Open Games Calls

2019 PanAmerican Games

SPC is pleased to announce the open Call for Applications for the 2019 PanAmerican Games in Lima, Puru. The games run July 26 to August 11, 2019.  This call is for the Chief Therapist and the Core Health Services Team (HST) with a deadline to submit your Games Application to SPC by 11:59pm Eastern July 15, 2018. 

Download  Call Information & Application →

2019 Summer Universiade


SPC is pleased to announce the open Call for Applications for the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoliy, Italy. The games run July 3 to July 14, 2019.  This call is for the Chief Therapist and the Core Health Services Team (HST) with a deadline to submit your Games Application to SPC by 11:59pm Eastern July 15, 2018. Download  Call Information & Application →

2019 Winter Universiade


SPC is pleased to announce the open Call for Applications for the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The games run March 2 to March 12, 2019.  This call is for theChief Therapist and the Core Health Services Team (HST) with a deadline to submit your Games Application to SPC by 11:59pm Eastern July 15, 2018. Download  Call Information & Application →

2019 Canada Games

SPC is pleased to announce the open Call for Applications for the 2019 Canada Games in the Red Deer, Alberta. The games run February 15, 2019 to March 3, 2019. This call is for Sponsored Therapists (minimum of SPC Certificate) with a deadline to submit your Games Application to SPC by 11:59pm Eastern July 15, 2018. 

Download Call Information & Application →

Resources for Applying to Major Games

SPC has available the following resources to further assist members applying to Major Games:
  • Blank Application Form: use this if you haven’t filled out a Games Application before. If you have previously applied to games, you can update your most recent application. Contact Ashley if you need a previous copy sent to you.
  • Scoring Grid: utilize this when filling out your application to ensure you are including enough information to get you maximum points.
  • NEW! Major Games Application Checklist. This one page document contains helpful reminders and tips for filling out your application. Utilize this to review your application before sending it in. A generic one is available and each call has one attached as well.
All documents and resources can also be found on our Major Gamesselection page of our website.

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Professor Jill Cook, PT, PhD – Clinical Tendon Symposium & Masterclass
Book now!

June 15 & 16 in Vancouver – June 20 in Toronto – June 22 in Montreal

The world’s leading tendon physiotherapist is coming to Vancouver to share her pearls with you. Professor Cook returns to Canada to offer an evening symposium on Friday, June 15 and an exclusive 1-day workshop on Saturday, June 16 in Vancouver. Next stop of the tour will be in Toronto on Wednesday, June 20 for an evening 1-day masterclass. Following Toronto, Professor Cook will be in Montreal to present an afternoon 1-day masterclass on Friday, June 22.

Professor Cook will share her expert knowledge built from a career working as a clinical physiotherapist with top athletes and as a leading researcher in the area of lower limb tendons. This tour is not to be missed!

The 2-day academy in Vancouver is a unique opportunity for a deep dive into lower limb tendon pathology, diagnosis and treatment with one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. The first day is an in-depth lecture and discussion that you can choose to register for separately. Registration for the second day requires attendance on Day 1, as the concepts build on the previous day’s discussion.

The learning objectives of the symposium will mean that after the course you will:

  • Be able to confidently distinguish tendon pain from other causes of patient pain
  • Know when to ignore/downplay imaging (Ultrasound, MRI) information about patients in relation to tendon pain
  • Assess the patient’s capacity and devise a treatment program to address specific limitations in a capacity that are relevant for that patient’s goals
  • Be aware of the rationale for the 4-stage treatment approach that includes isometric strengthening, isotonic exercises, energy storage exercises and sport-specific rehabilitation
  • The course will focus on management of clinical cases and you will be encouraged to contribute clinical scenarios ahead of the symposium.

For 30 people only, Professor Cook will lead a round-table discussion of topics from the Saturday in further detail as well as a clinical assessment of cases in the areas of:

  • In-season treatment of tendon pain
  • Insertional tendon problems
  • The patient who has seen everyone
  • More detailed exercise demonstration for the 4-step program.
  • This will be a day to build your toolbox, learn new techniques at the feet of a master clinician.

Attendance at the symposium is a pre-requisite for the masterclass.

 

Register Now

 

Professor Jill Cook, PT, PhD

Jill Cook is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas.

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SPC is thrilled to announce a new educational offering! A four-part series of webinars focused on the youth and masters ages of athletes! We hope you will join us for this fantastic series with some fantastic speakers!

 

Click for Registration for the 4 Part Series Bundle!! 

 

Speaker Bios & Webinar Details

Adolescent Athletes

WEBINAR 1: Targeting Prevention of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis After a Youth Sport-Related Knee injury
Dr. Jackie Whittaker
Date: 7am PDT – June 2, 2018 

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OUTLINE:

Physical activity is associated with important health benefits in school-aged children and adolescents. However, sport and recreation participation is a leading cause of injury amongst youth (11-18 years), with an alarming 1 in 3 seeking medical attention for sport and recreational related injuries annually. Knee injuries are amongst the most common (~40%). Youth sport-related knee injuries are associated with pain, physical decline, withdrawal from sport participation, depression, and early-onset osteoarthritis (OA). In fact, youth who suffer a significant knee joint injury are at a 4-fold increased risk of developing OA within 10-15 years compared to youth that do not have an injury. Given that knee OA is a common reason for becoming inactive with age, and has been shown to predictor mortality, a full understanding of how to minimize the risk of OA after a youth sport-related knee injury is needed.

This presentation will provide an overview of potential treatment targets/strategies for preventing of post-traumatic OA (PTOA) after a youth sport-related knee injury. This will include all potentially modifiable risk/protective factors amenable to intervention (e.g., physical, behavioural, educational, psychological, biological (pharmaceutical), structural (surgery)) in the interval between joint injury and PTOA onset. Topics covered will include; delaying surgical interventions (i.e., Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction and menisectomy) in lieu of exercise therapy, completeness of rehabilitation prior to return to sport, modifications to sport and recreation participation, nutritional counselling, and approaches aimed at establishing realistic expectations and identity evolution.

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Whittaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Research Director of the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada). She is recognized as a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, is an Adjunct Professor at the International Olympic Committee funded Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary (Canada), and an Associate Member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and OA. The focus of her research is to understand the origins of chronic adult musculoskeletal diseases, such as OA, in youth, and to shift the approach taken to manage OA towards preventing or delaying its onset. This includes determining the origins of health and disease through a greater understanding of the period between youth musculoskeletal injury and OA onset, and the development and implementation of targeted secondary prevention interventions aimed at reducing the burden of OA. Dr. Whittaker’s research is guided by a unique skill set stemming from extensive clinical expertise gained through 21 years of clinical practice.

WEBINAR 2: Athletic Development: Experience Gathered Over 10 Years in High Performance

Jeff Osadec
Date: 7am PDT- June 16, 2018

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OUTLINE: The reality of high performance training is that Olympic and Professional athletes spend a majority of their training working on the basics and performing them extremely well.  How can that be transferred to the concepts that we use to develop our younger athletes.

BIOGRAPHY:

Jeff Osadec, MKin CEP CSCS, has coached for the past 10 years working with athletes both young and national level.  Jeff holds degrees in General Studies (’00) and Education (’02) from Brandon University, Exercise and Sport Science (’05) from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Kinesiology (’09) from the University of Calgary.  Jeff joined the Canadian Sport Institute full time in the fall of 2011 as a strength coach and physiologist.  Jeff is certified as a physiologist from Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and as a strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Masters Athletes

WEBINAR 3: Understanding and managing injuries in masters athletes

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Laura Lundquist
Date: 7am PDT September 15, 2018

OUTLINE: This webinar will review the normal age-related changes that can affect performance in aging athletes and summarize the recent literature regarding injury prevalence in this population.  Distinction will be made between two subgroups of masters athletes:  aging competitive athletes and aging “weekend warriors”.   Common age-related co-morbidities that require consideration during injury management will be presented.  Finally, treatment program adaptation considerations to maximize the masters athlete’s recovery and minimize risk of re-injury will be discussed.

BIOGRAPHY:

Laura’s passion is helping people return to or maintain function despite an injury or illness.  Her experience in sport physiotherapy and private practice orthopedics has given her a unique perspective and ability to help people achieve these goals.  She has a particular interest in helping people maintain a healthy level of physical activity despite normal age-related changes that happen to us all… this was how the idea for Zoomers Physiotherapy and Health Solutions was born!

Laura graduated from Mount Allison University in 2001 and from McMaster University School of Physiotherapy in 2003. She has since completed post-graduate courses in manual and manipulative therapy, acupuncture and sport physiotherapy.  She holds the highest level of Canadian certification in both manual (hands-on treatment) and sport physiotherapy. Laura is a certified Tai Chi Instructor and teaches the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention at Zoomers.

Laura has worked in private practice/sports medicine clinics in British Columbia, Toronto and Halifax treating orthopedic and sports injuries. She has worked with sports teams (including hockey, rugby, lacrosse, badminton, tennis, weight-lifting and soccer) and provided medical coverage from local to international sporting events. She has travelled with the senior women’s Sevens Rugby Team to Amsterdam (2011) and worked as part of the core medical team for Canada at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara (2011) and the World University Games (FISU) in Kazan, Russia (2013).

WEBINAR 4: Strength Training for the Masters Athlete 

Dr. Scotty Butcher

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Date: 7am PDT November 10, 2018

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Scotty Butcher, BSc(PT), PhD, ACSM-RCEP, CF-L1

Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and co-founder of Strength Rebels. He holds a BSc(PT) and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta. He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished. Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter and part time CrossFitter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging. Connect with Scotty on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Our provincial sections are each leading a great webinar offering throughout the year for you.
Don’t miss the first two!

Olympic Athlete’s Journey to Return to Sport Following Injury at Rio 2016
DATE: May 31st, 2018 at 12PM-1PM (CDT) Online

Details: Winnipeg native Tyler Mislawchuk finished 15th in the Men’s Olympic Triathlon in Rio 2016 with a femoral neck stress reaction that was confirmed following the race. After coming home to Winnipeg, Daryl Hurrie, his long standing exercise physiologist, assisted him in his recovery and return to professional competition post injury. This webinar will feature both Daryl and Tyler discussing the physical and psychological challenges they faced during the year following Rio as they worked together to rehabilitate and return to competing on the World stage!

Cost for live and post-webinar access 

  • $15 live (& access to download after), $10 download after
  • Non-member rate $20 live (& access to download after), $15 download after
  • Option for clinics to select at the same pricing so we can track volume of people – signing on (individual  vs. multi person setting)

Post-Operative Rehabilitation for ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair/Transplant- DATE: June 7, 2018 at 6:00pm (AST) Online and In Person

Free In Person or REGISTER  http://www.sportphysio.ca/events/speaker-session-webinar-post-operative-rehabilitation-for-acl-reconstruction-and-meniscus-repair-transplant/ for access

Details:  Dr. Nathan Urquhart will be the speaker for this live speaker session during the CASEM symposium. It will also be streamed as a webinar with an interactive function for Q&A with participants both in person and online.  There will be an SPC NS social to follow.

DATE/TIME:  June 7, 2018 6:00pm Atlantic Standard Time (AST), online and in-person at the Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites (1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS)

Cost:  In person – FREE!  A bonus for being able to attend in person!  No pre-registration required.

 For live and post-webinar access, pre-registration required :

– $15 live (& access to download after), $10 download after

– non-member rate $20 live (& access to download after), $15 download after

– option for clinics to select at the same pricing so we can track volume of people

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SPC’s Annual Member Meeting will be held on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at CASEM conference in Room 108 at the Halifax Convention Centre. All members are welcome to attend in person (CASEM registration not required). An online webcast with voting will be available for those that are not able to attend in person. RSVP to the AGM (online and in person) here.

Notice & Agenda for Annual Member Meeting 2018

Date: Friday June 8, 2018
Time: Starting 5:00PM Atlantic
Location: Room 108- Halifax Convention Centre

Agenda:

1.0 Welcome & Introductions
2.0 Approval of Agenda
3.0 Approval of 2016 AGM Minutes
4.0 Board Report
5.0 Operations Report
6.0 Board Nominations & Elections
7.0 Awards
8.0 Adjournment

Note!
SPC National will hold a Mentor Session (new offering this year) both online and in person on Thursday June 7th at the CASEM hotel (Hampton Inn Downtown) from 5-6:30pm Atlantic. RSVP and indicate if you will attend online or in person here.

You’re Invited! SPC Nova Scotia is hosting a speaker and social on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 following the mentor session at 6:30pm Atlantic. Come join us for a great speaker and drinks! 

Click for CASEM Information- See you there!

Your SPC Nomination Slate

Our Nomination Chairperson, Rhonda Shishkin, is thrilled to announce for the fifth year in a row SPC will have an election to select our next board members. Please take the time to review this entire post as well as our strategic plan to best inform yourself of the candidates up for election. SPC is in the back half of our strategic plan. The next two years we will host the 2019 IFSPT World Congress, continue work on the Sport PT title, continue to build our International relationships with IFSPT and BJSM journal, as well as a number of initiatives in the category of education such as the continued development of the credential program and new educational offerings. The focus of the last bit of our strategic plan shifts to profile building as well as increasing awareness and education to stakeholders such as NSO’s, PSO’s, coaches, teams etc.

The AGM will be available in person and live online. Voting will take place in person at the AGM and through online voting (RSVP). The candidates will be in attendance either in person on via video conference. 

Item 6.0: Board Nominations SPC Board Current Status:

Chair- Open for Election
Nadine Plotnikoff, BC has now completed Year 2 of her second two-year term as chair.

Director Positions:
Paul Hunter, AB- Completed year 1 of his second two-year term.
Timberly George, BC- Completed year 1 of her second two-year term.

Shannon Estabrooks, NS- Year 2 of her second two-year term.
Kim Lee-Knight, AB- Completed year 2 of her first two-year term.
Chris Napier, BC- Completed year 2 of his first two-year term.

Given the status above, the SPC board has the Chair position open and 3 Director positions. The following nomination slate has been presented for consideration. SPC Nomination Chair, Rhonda Shishkin, is pleased to present the following Nomination Slate for the 2018/19 SPC Board of Directors:

Slate of Nominations
Chair:
Kim Lee-Knight
Director Positions: 
Karen Decker
Tricia Hayton
Chris Napier
Ron O’Hare
Laura Vickery

Meet the Candidates

 

Karen Decker


Short Biographical Information:

  • Graduated Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy 1991
  • Has worked ever since in private practice and sport physio community in Nova Scotia
  • Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy 1997
  • Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2003
  • Developed and taught the Sport Physiotherapy component of Dalhousie’s School of Physiotherapy program for 15 years
  • Has taught at many sport conference and workshops to coaches, athletes, parents and peers
  • Worked with Hockey Canada under the Hockey Safety Program for 15 years
  • Travelled internationally with Canadian National Hockey, Softball, and Soccer teams
  • Owner/operator of 2 multi-disciplinary clinics in Metro Halifax for 12 years
  • Provider to Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic athletes

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Current President of 2 Multi-disciplinary clinics with 35 team members
  • Lead Physiotherapist and Polyclinic Manager 2011 Canada Games Halifax
  • Hockey Canada Hockey Safety Program Chair 2006-2009
  • Director of University Varsity Athletic Trainer’s Programs (Dalhousie University 4 years, Mount St. Vincent University 3 years, University of King’s College 6 years)
  • Chief Therapist for many, many local events and teams over 26 years.

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):

  • Executive member SPC Nova Scotia 10 years
    • 3 years as Student rep (1989-1991)
    • 2 Years as Vice Chair (1991-1993)
    • 5 years as Chair (1993-1998)
  • SPC rep on NS Sport Medicine Council 1993-98
  • SPC mentor within Credential program 2006 to current exam period
  • SPC Credentials examiner 2014/2015
  • SPC Taping Course instructor
  • SPC selected to Core Health Care teams:
    • 7 Canada Games (Lead Physiotherapist and Polyclinic Manager 2011 Halifax)
    • 1 Pan American Games
    • 1 Commonwealth Games
    • 1 FISU
    • 3 Olympics (2 summer, 1 Winter)
  • SPC nominated as CPA Board of Directors candidate 2017

“ISSUES OF THE DAY” ESSAY

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

1. Awareness and recognition of the SPC credentials, scope of practice, skillset and the SPC brand by:
a. NSOs/PSOs – to improve awareness of the value of SPC members in improving performance and injury prevention; to increase professional opportunities and compensation within sports for SPC members
b. the general public – on maximizing their potential in sports and active living through relationships with SPC members
c. other collaborative health care professionals including non-SPC physios, our licensing bodies and sport focused medical advocates such as CASEM and Parachute Canada.

2. To improve interest and membership through the Physiotherapy student population:
a. to ensure all Canada’s Physiotherapy School programs have a strong sport curriculum to educate and inspire others to enter the field of Sports Physiotherapy
b. to foster collaboration between instructors/directors of such Sport Physiotherapy curriculum
c. to provide financial incentives to students and new postgrads such as considering free SPC membership for 2-3 years.

3. SPC’s relationship with CPA: to foster a healthy relationship financially, strategically, and in respect of the current SPC credential program.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

For the 26 years I have been a Physiotherapist, I have been promoting and educating about our profession to all the above stakeholders, including sport organizations, the public, coaches, parents, athletes, etc. I have developed strong relationships with many sports organizations, governing bodies, and other collaborative health care professionals.

As a private practice business owner for 12 years, I have had considerable experience in attempting to market, build trust and get buy in from those who would utilize our services.

As a Sport Physiotherapist working at the university level for over 13 years, I have the experience of triaging acute injuries. I believe strongly in Physiotherapists being direct access for many injuries including acute trauma and concussions. Such injuries often encounter delayed management due to long wait lines with other health and medical professions.

With having taught at the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy for many years as sessional lecturer of the Sports Physiotherapy Module, I see this avenue as being a strong connection and promotional opportunity for SPC.

As a CPA member for 26 years, I am aware of the benefits of their leadership and collaboration and want to work to continue building this cooperative relationship.

Tricia Hayton

Short Biographical Information:
Hello, I am Tricia Hayton.   I graduated from Queen’s University in 1997.   After a year of travelling, I returned to Canada in 1998 and started developing an expertise in sports physiotherapy.    That is when I first joined the Ontario Branch of the Sports Physiotherapy Division.   In the early stages, I was part of building Certificate Courses that were offered in 2004 and 2005. They were a precursor to the education system that the Board is working towards today.   I was chair of the Ontario Branch during the Introduction of the Board of Governance and current structure of SPC.    I am excited with the successes that the Board has had and look forward being part of the continued success.

In 2004, I achieved my Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy.   At this point, I began to travel with sports teams locally and regionally.   I also started take roles as Chief Therapist, starting with Skate Canada East West Challenge in 2006.   In 2007, I welcomed my third child and my focus temporarily changed from sports therapist to sports Mom, as I spent time working with my boys’ sports teams and endeavors.   I did continue to work local events but took a step back from travelling and working as a dedicated therapist with teams.

In 2013, I once again sought out higher profile events and clinical work that was specific to sports therapy.  In 2014, I was fortunate enough to work with the planning committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.   This led me to the working with Canada’s elite athletes and travelling as part of the Team Canada support team.     In 2016, I opened a private clinic with 2 partners and I am fully enjoying the managing and marketing aspects of ownership.    Very recently, in May 2018, I have joined the team at CSI – Ontario as a dedicated therapist for Cycling Canada.

I look forward to taking all the experience I have gathered from clinical work, field time, team travel – and even as a sports Mom – and using it as member of the Board of SPC to continue to promote and develop sports physiotherapy throughout Ontario, Canada and the world.

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Medical Venue Manager for Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – West Zone – staffed, planned and supplied 16 venues, including 7 competition venues and villages
  • Chief Therapist for International, Provincial and Regional Events since 2007 including most recently the Invictus Games in 2017 (Medical Lead for Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Partner and Clinical Director of a Mutli-disciplinary private clinic with a staff of 9.
  •  Lead organizer for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Congress.   A 3-day international medical conference held in conjunction and as part of the mandate of the 2015 Games.

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):         

  • Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy in 2014
  • Ontario Branch Chair 2003 to 2007, Co-Chair 2010 to 2013
  • Ontario Executive Member 1998 – 2015

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

I am familiar with the 2015-2020 Strategic plan and would like to apply it to the three types of members that I hope to represent.

The first group of members are the clinicians that wish to assist with their children’s team, give back to community at local events or treat the weekend warriors that attend their clinic.    They don’t have great desire to travel with teams or be part of the support team for elite athletes.   This member benefits from continuing to promote two-way communication with the board so we know what they need and support them as much as possible.    Continuing to develop and offer courses that will assist them in gaining the skills they need to be comfortable and competent with the level of care they provide is critical.    As a board, we need to make sure that this member does not feel neglected or forgotten as they make up a large percentage of the total membership.   Only with addressing their concerns will the association meet their goal that “All members will perceive the value of membership as high.”

The second group of members are those that are progressing through the education system with the goal of achieving their certificate and/or diploma.   These members will benefit greatly from the education aspect of the strategic plan.   Development and implementation of courses will create nation wide standards.   This will decrease anxiety and doubt regarding applying for the exams.   Gone should be the days when someone from the east would not take the exam in the west, not because of travel costs, but because standards were too varied.    The new education system clarifies the objectives and expectations for the level system.  If we are to increase the number of members who are willing to enter the education system, we need to create a system that encourages success.     This has been a focus of the board for the last few years.  Courses have been structured and delivered throughout the country.   Maintaining this momentum and continuing to ensure the success of our members, while maintaining the standards of our education process, is something I am passionate about and look forward to assisting with as much as possible.

The third set of members are those of us that have completed the education system and dream of standing by the Olympics rings…  and those talented individuals who have already achieved this goal.   For this group of people continuing to increase the recognition of the SPC brand ensures continued success in the sports world.   The promotion of the brand is critical within the Canadian high-performance organizations.   Certificate and diploma holders have worked hard to develop a unique skill set.   The sporting organizations are starting to understand why these qualifications set them apart.  Continuing to promote these credentials is paramount.    Finally, there is the aspect of promotion of our standards world-wide.   Recently the board has achieved recognition for our diploma holders on the international stage.  This appreciation will continue as SPC works towards hosting the Third World Conference of Sports Physical Therapy.   I am anxious to be part of this challenging project.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

My first strategic issue is making sure that all members are represented within the board’s goals.   As a chief therapist, venue manager and while travelling to the Ontario and Canadian Games, I have had the unique experience to talk to many therapists across the country.   There are some who have joined Sport Physiotherapy Canada, but do not want to complete the education system in its entirety.  By listening to their opinions, questions and ultimate goals, we can develop education and support that will maintain a satisfied membership.

My second issue was continuing to develop and implement the courses to assist with the education system.   Having completed the education system, and struggled at times, I have first-hand experience with the weakness and the strengths of the system that was in place prior to 2015.    I strive to continue towards its improvement.   I am also a mentor and have worked in small study groups with people attempting the exams as recently as the 2018.   In this role, I have become aware of some of the challenges that are still facing our candidates and will address them accordingly.

My third issue is promoting our therapists on the international stage.  Throughout my experience, I have had some unique opportunities to get know members of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a variety of national sporting organizations.   This opens the door for communications and education regarding our unique skill set.   I also have experience planning and delivering an international conference.  I will apply this experience towards organizing SPC 2019.

In conclusion, thank-you for taking the time to read my essays and I hope that you will support me in my goal to be part of the SPC Board.

Kim Lee-Knight

Short Biographical Information:
Kim received her degree in Physiotherapy from University of Saskatchewan in 1991. She has had extensive experience working in sports medicine clinics in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary. She has attained a post-graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, Certificate in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Part A), Certificate in Medical Acupuncture and Gunn IMS (dry needling).

Working with athletes has always been an area of interest for Kim. She has been on the medical teams at the World University Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, Canada Games and World Police and Fire Games as well as working at many international, national and provincial sporting events.

Kim is a soccer/hockey mom who tries to fit in her own loves of skiing and cycling, or just getting out to walk with friends!

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

Fundraising Committee Member for ST FX University Soccer
Chairperson for Edge School for Athletes Legacy Dinner
Chairperson of Fundraising for Canadian Pride Hockey Team
Trip Organizer/Coordinator for Blizzard Soccer Team’s European Tour Member of Fundraising Committee for Habitat for Humanity—Women’s Build Member of Saskatoon Rowing Club Executive
Teacher Gr.2—12 in a wide variety of courses

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section:

SPC Board Member 2016—2018
Executive Member of Saskatchewan and Alberta SPC Provincial Sections Instructor for SPC course—Taping for Sport and Performance
Mentor for Certificate and Diploma Candidates
Examiner for SPC Certificate and Diploma Oral/Practical Exams

“ISSUES OF THE DAY” ESSAY
Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

A.To enrich the Credential Program for our Certificate and Diploma Candidates.
By striking a committee (which has already been started) to look at the examination process to make it less subjective, more standardized and possibly more challenging for the Diploma portion of the Oral/Practical exam. Utilizing computer generated scenarios could make the candidates more at ease and have a better understanding of what is expected of them in the exam.

B. To make the SPC courses more affordable and meet the needs of the membership.
By utilizing a condensed format in which to convey the Concussion, Sport Taping, Equipment and possibly Sport Massage as a weekend course that could be affordable to our SPC members. I believe if the hands on portion were conveyed in a weekend format supplemented by on-line background and pre- testing, the courses would be utilized more and the Credential Candidates could be better prepared.

C. To work towards the acceptance of the “Sport Physiotherapist” Title for the Diploma holders and to make the stakeholders more aware of why they should request Sport Physiotherapists for their Games and Teams.
Education on what Sport Physiotherapists are truly capable of will be important for CPA as well as National Sport Groups and Games Committees.

This process has already begun and has good headway. Ashley Lewis, the Executive Director, the Sport PT title steering committee and the SPC Board of Directors, lead by Nadine Plotnikoff, have worked really diligently on this process. The future Board of Directors will be needed to pursue this title to the completion and promote the attributes of Sport Physiotherapists to the Sporting Stakeholder Groups.

Question 2:

“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

Having worked on many committees with a wide variety of leadership styles and skill sets I have experience empowering people to work together for many common goals. Trying to avoid the micromanagement of people, and respecting each member’s skill set and contributions can go a long way to making tremendous headway and completion of elements of a strategic plan.

I have good organizational skills and like working with people. Doing my part to continue the forward progression of our profession would be an honour.

Thank you for your consideration, Kim Lee-Knight

Chris Napier

Short Biographical Information:
Chris graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. (Honours) in 2000 and went on to obtain his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy, achieving his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy in 2007.  He has worked with a variety of athletes from high school to professional level, including the 2004 National Champion UBC Women’s Basketball team, the 2006 USL Champion Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey teams at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He was the physiotherapist with the Canadian Alpine Ski team (2006-08) and the Canadian Ski Cross team (2008-10), and was part of the Canadian Medical team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. He is currently a physiotherapist with Athletics Canada.  Chris has also competed at the national level as a successful middle-distance runner, earning a silver medal at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships in 1996 and a bronze medal at the CIAU (CIS) Track & Field Championships in 1997. In his spare time Chris is an avid skier, kayaker, and marathon runner. Chris is also currently finishing his PhD in running biomechanics at UBC and is the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy being held in Vancouver in October 2019.Prior Leadership Experience(s):I have been co-owner of a busy clinic in downtown Vancouver for seven years. Prior to that, I served as the Medical Coordinator and Team Physiotherapist for Canada Ski Cross. I have also been a Director of the BC Section of SPC for over a decade. I was a member of the successful bid to host the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy and am now the Chair of the Organizing CommitteeInvolvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc.):I joined the SPC National Board of Directors in 2016. At that time, I spoke of the importance of improving opportunities for education and networking among our talented and internationally renowned membership. A major plank of this initiative was fulfilled when I facilitated SPC’s inclusion as a BJSM member society, bringing British Journal of Sports Medicine access to all of our membership. Another plank in this initiative was fulfilled when we were awarded the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy to be hosted in Vancouver in October 2019. As Chair of the Organizing Committee for this conference, I am excited to host a conference of this caliber and hope to put in place the structure to host similar conferences on a biennial basis.

Prior to joining the National Board, I was a Director on the SPC BC Section Board from 2005 to 2015. In that time, I focused on promoting the designation of Sport Physiotherapist to key stakeholders and increasing the presence of SPC in British Columbia. I have been a mentor in the SPC credentialing program since 2007 and have served nationally on the SPC Website Committee (2009-10) and the SPC Major Games Application Committee (2014-present). I also co-organized the Sport Physio BC Symposium in 2006.

Other Information you feel may be relevant

I have spoken internationally to varied audiences of physiotherapists, physicians, coaches, athletes, and researchers on the subjects of sport physiotherapy and sport medicine. My roles as a researcher, clinician, and team physiotherapist have given me a unique skill set that I feel is an asset to the National SPC Board.

“ISSUES OF THE DAY” ESSAY

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

  1. Education & Professional Opportunities: At the root of our strength as sport physiotherapists is our advanced education in the field of athletic performance and injury prevention. Our strength as a national body lies in our membership’s collective experience and education. We need to draw on our membership to contribute back to the profession through the organization of a biennial national conference, enhanced opportunities to network as professionals, regular newsletters with current topics in sport physio (journal clubs; latest research into timely topics such as concussions, biomechanics, doping, injury prevention; and opportunities for professional growth), and partnership with industry to help fund small scale clinical research projects. We have already taken steps over the last two years with the membership in the BJSM community and the awarding of the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy, but there is still more work to be done.
  1. Promotion of Sport Physiotherapist designation to key stakeholders: To be recognized as the “go to” providers of sport therapy, we need to be first in mind with key stakeholders (sports medicine physicians & surgeons; sporting organizations such as NSOs, COC, etc.; and funding organizations such as OTP, B210, etc.). We need to attach “value” to our specialization and advanced skill set to separate ourselves from athletics therapists, osteopaths, kinesiologists, chiropractors, etc. who are becoming more prominent among sporting organizations.
  1. Better lobbying to key funding organizations to promote better compensation to our members: We need to promote the value that our members provide as IST members and the direct contribution that we have to the success of our athletes at international events and major games. This needs to be backed up by evidence and promoted to the funding bodies such as OTP, B210, COC, etc. that can put in place funding for teams that is protected for sport physios. This in turn offers our members a career pathway that is not simply built on volunteerism and also helps NSOs retain qualified and experienced sport physiotherapists.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

As a member of the National Board of Directors for the last two years, I have contributed on two major fronts. First, I facilitated the inclusion of SPC as a BJSM member society, bringing British Journal of Sports Medicine access to all of our membership. Gaining access for our members to one of the world’s top clinical sports medicine journals is an important step to maintain an evidence-based membership. Secondly, I was part of the successful bid for the World Conference of Sports Physical Therapy. As part of this bid, I travelled to Belfast for the 2nd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy and took part in the AGM for the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT). Our successful bid means that SPC will be hosting the 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Vancouver in October 2019. As Chair of the Organizing Committee for this conference, I am excited to bring a conference of this caliber to our membership. My goal is to take this opportunity to build a foundation for a biennial conference of this scope that will move around our country and continue to attract top international speakers and attendees.

Prior to joining the National Board, as Director of Marketing & Communication on the SPC BC Section from 2005-2015, one of my main goals was to promote the sport physiotherapy brand in BC. Among other things, we accomplished this by positioning ourselves at conferences where we could speak directly to physicians, coaches, etc. and by purchasing a tent with the SPC logo displayed prominently so that we could promote SPC at the many sporting events at which our members provided services. My experience working with a number of NSOs and professional teams as a team therapist and medical coordinator has also allowed me to see how different NSOs operate and how physiotherapists can contribute to their success if given the right working environment and responsibility. As a clinician researcher, I am fully aware of the power research can have on practice, especially at the elite sporting level. Our members need to be given the resources to pursue their ideas so that we can show our value to key stakeholders. My experience in securing funding for research and working with a number of NSOs and stakeholder groups continues to be an asset to the Board.

Ron O’Hare

Short Biographical Information:
Sport Experience:

Athletics Canada lead or staff physiotherapist for 8 senior national teams, including the Summer Olympic Games and World Championships:

  • 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Athletics Canada, Lead Staff Physiotherapist (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
  • 2015 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Beijing, CN)
  • 2015 Pan American Games, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Toronto, CA)
  • 2015 IAAF World Relays, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Nassau, BS)
  • 2011 NACAC Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Trinidad, TT)
  • 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Bydgoszcz, PL)
  • 2010 NACAC Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Tobago, TT)
  • 2009 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, World Marathon Cup, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Berlin, DE)

Education:

1989 – 1997                Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

Work Experience:

2000 – Present LifeSpring Physiotherapy (Aurora, Ontario)
Founder, Owner, Lead Physiotherapist
Outpatient Services – Private practice (Sport Injuries/General
Orthopaedic Injuries)

2000-2008 St. Andrew’s College Sports Medicine Clinic (Aurora, Ontario)
Director, Head Therapist
Outpatient Services – Private practice (Sport Injuries/General Orthopaedic Injuries)

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Clinical Lead, Summer Olympic Games, August 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Eastern High Performance Sports Medicine Lead, April 2014 – August 2016 (Toronto, CA)
  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Eastern High Performance Hub Physiotherapist, April 2014- August 2016 (Toronto, CA)
  • Speed River Track and Field Club, Integrated Support Team Member and Physiotherapy Consultant, 2010 – Present (Guelph, CA)
  • Athletics Toronto Track Club Medical Coordinator and Physiotherapy Consultant to Elite Athletes, 2010- Present (Toronto, CA)
  • Brooks Canada Marathon Project, Physiotherapy Consultant to Elite Athletes, 2008-2009 (Toronto, CA)
  • Newmarket Huskies Track Club, Lead Physiotherapist and Consultant, 2004-present (Newmarket, CA)
  • SAC Summer Camp, Leadership Team Member and Health Care Coordinator, 2003-2006 (Aurora, CA)
  • Madawaska Volleyball Camp, Head Therapist and Medical Director, 2003-2004, 2006-2008 (Bancroft, CA)
  •  Madawaska All-Sports Camp, Assistant Camp Director, 2003-2004, 2006-2007
  • (Bancroft, CA)
  • Newmarket Huskies Track Club, Vice President, 2003 (Newmarket, CA)
  • University of Toronto and The David L. MacIntosh Clinic, Task Force Member and Clinical Staff Representative, 1999 (Toronto, CA)
  • Queen’s Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team, Captain, 1994-1995 (Kingston, ON)
  • Queen’s University, Physiotherapy Class President, 1993 (Kingston, ON)

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):

  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Ontario Education Committee Co-Chair, 2013
  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Member, 1999-present

Other Information you feel may be relevant:

  • ParAthletics IPC Athletics Grand Prix, the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist, May 2015 (Nottwil, Arbon, SZ)
  • Para Athletics Development Talent Identification Camp, Athletics Canada National Classifier, February 2015 (Guelph, CA)
  • ParAthletics IPC Athletics Grand Prix, the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist, May 2014 (Nottwil, SZ)
  • Para-Athletics National Classifier Education Project, Athletics Canada Classifier for Physical Impairments, March 2012 (London, ON)

“ISSUES OF THE DAY” ESSAY

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

The top three issues in my opinion all centre on the profile of SPC in the greater Canadian physiotherapy community.  Each of the issues I will highlight focus on enhancing the profile of SPC.

  1. SPC members are identified as experts

In recent years, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) has introduced specializations into the Canadian field of physiotherapy.  In reviewing the eligibility to attain the CPA specialization in the sports category, it quickly becomes evident that requirements fall far below those of SPC sport diploma holders.

I suggest that the SPC board of directors lobby the CPA to include all SPC diploma holders under their roster of sport specialists.

  1. SPC credentials are highly valued with enhanced recognition for credential holders

I recommend that the SPC board work through current SPC members who are actively engaged with high performance teams to promote the added value that comes with SPC credentialing.  These members need to be provided with the resources to educate the stakeholders about the value of an SPC diploma

  1. Educate physiotherapy clinics on the value of having a SPC qualified physiotherapist as a member of their staff

Clinic owners and managers need to be educated on the distinctive value – unique knowledge base and experience – of hiring physiotherapist with specific SPC training. I would encourage communications between SPC and existing clinic networks with the goal of informing influencers on the value of SPC credentials.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

  1. As a clinic owner for 18-years, I have been engaged in many negotiations such as starting my business from the ground up, modifying property leases and reaching mutually agreeable staff compensations. These skills will help me to lobby the CPA to include all SPC diploma holders under their roster of sport specialists.

During my 8-year tenure as a clinic director for St. Andrew’s College, I was able to negotiate with the school to allow me to treat private patients on their premises by developing a mutually agreeable partnership.  My 10-years working with national sport organizations as an integrated support team member and sport medicine leader; and independent consultant to various sport clubs and organizations has often required “out of the box” thinking when presented with unique situations.

2. In my 10-years of experience as an integrated support team member and sport medical leader with our national sport organization, Athletics Canada, I saw the value of an SPC qualification first-hand. For example, while making a presentation to Own The Podium for increased funding, the fact that SPC Diploma credentials were held by members of the support team, was cited as a value added proposition for the positive impact it had on the team.

3.  As a private practice owner, I understand the value of networking with fellow clinic owners on my practice. I periodically meet with a group of clinic owners to discuss common management and regulatory issues. In these meetings, I have advocated for the value our physiotherapy skills bring to the medical community. In addition, I created my own advisory board which meets regularly. These experiences have taught me the value of constant and open communication within our profession.  I would bring this outlook to the SPC board.

Laura Vickery

Short Biographical Information:
I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and went on to complete my Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy in 2010.  I moved to Calgary shortly after graduation and have worked in private practice for the last 8 years.  I  completed my advanced diploma in manual and manipulative therapy in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy. I am licensed in medical acupuncture and a certified Gunn IMS practitioner. I have completed advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and have worked as part of a multidisciplinary concussion clinic at Copeman healthcare for the last five years. I obtained my sport physiotherapy certificate last year  and am currently finishing up a sport physiotherapy diploma through the International Olympic Committee.

I work as a contractor for the Canadian Sports Institute Calgary and have been the medical lead for the Canadian National Luge Team since 2015. As such, I have travelled with the team for 10-16 weeks every winter for the last 4 years. I have attended over 25 world cup competitions, 2 world championships and just returned from the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang where my team was able to win the first luge medals ever for Canada. Prior to working with luge, I had the opportunity to be the medical lead for the Canadian Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team for the 2015 Para Pan American games and 2016 World ParaVolley Championships.

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

I served as co-chair of the Southern Alberta Orthopeadic Division for two years where my responsibilities ranged from organizing annual general meetings, delegating tasks to members, liasing with instructors, and overseeing course delivery and administration. I am an active member of the para-medical branch of the National Sport Science and Medicine Advisory Council (NSSMAC) and work as part of an integrated sport team with Luge Canada and the greater CSI Calgary team.

“Essay of the Day”

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

1) I will be one of the first in Canada to graduate from the IOC Sport

I will be one of the first in Canada to graduate from the IOC Sport Physiotherapy Diploma at the end of April. I hope to bring my experience with this program to SPC in order to help grow the current education system. I hope that by ensuring utilization of current evidence and  best research that  more members  will see the value in the program. This will ensure that SPC’s education system remains at the forefront of best practice for sport physios working in high performance sport in Canada.

2) Continue integration of SPC into National Sport Organizations and Canadian Sport Institutes

Through my work at Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, I have the opportunity to work alongside multiple national teams and their respective integrated sport teams. I feel it is important that SPC continue to build and enrich their relationships with NSOs and CSIs. These organizations need to continue to recognize the value of our skill set for optimizing health and performance of our athletes.

3) Continue to provide mentorship opportunities for the next generation of sport physiotherapists

In order to maintain and grow our knowledge base in sports, there needs to be continual attention to mentorship and having a  well thought out succession plan. Knowledge transfer from more experienced therapists to the new generation is crucial, not only to physios, but also to NSOs and CSIs.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

I hope that my knowledge and experience with the current players in the Canadian sport system (COC, CSIs, NSOs) will be an asset to promoting the SPC profile. I work as part of a team on a daily basis with Luge Canada. I have experience in collaborating with multiple professionals to achieve a common goal. I hope to be able to contribute to good dialogue, new ideas, and constructive debates in order to promote positive change.

Dave Magee Award: Last Call!

Deadline for Application: June 5, 2018 by Midnight 

There are three categories of this award:
1. Outstanding Contribution to Sport Physiotherapy Canada
2. Award to help with expenses of Certificate/Diploma examinations
3. Successful completion of Certificate or Diploma Exam Process with Distinction

DAVE MAGEE AWARD INFORMATION

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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