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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!


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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 



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.


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



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.


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



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.


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


Date: 7am PDT November 10, 2018


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.