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Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC), along with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), have undergone a significant risk assessment and have identified it best to cancel all in-person SPC and CPA partnered events until May 31, 2020.  The promotion and protection of health is our number one priority.

What this means for SPC Members-
Summary of Key Decisions

• SPC In-person Annual Members Meeting (April 30, 2020) will be cancelled.  The SPC National Executive Committee, along with CPA, will be exploring on-line/webinar style options to deliver pertinent information and best serve our members.

• SPC Mentor Meeting (April 30, 2020) will be cancelled.  Here too, the SPC National Executive Committee will be exploring on-line/webinar style options to deliver pertinent information and updates to our Mentors.

• SPC Credential Exams (May 2-4, 2020) will be rescheduled.  The SPC Executive Committee and the Chief Examiner will be exploring alternative date options for the 2020 Oral/Practical exam.  Further information regarding exam fees, dates etc will be communicated directly to candidates in a subsequent email. 

• In-person Courses will be rescheduled.  CPA and SPC will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will be seeking alternate dates for all in-person courses that were scheduled prior to May 31, 2020.

• CPA has asked that divisions suspend all non-essential digital communication and initiatives with members until March 31, 2020.  This relates specifically to SPC National & Provincial section E-Blasts, Momentum “magazine” and Webinars with the intention of freeing up the lines of communication for information regarding COVID-19. This policy will be revisited at the end of March 2020.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

Take good care,
Kim Lee-Knight
Chair SPC

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Games Application Rules & Regulations

SPC “2 in 5” Rule (as of January 1, 2020)

Major Games (i.e. Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth, Pan American & Para Pan American)

Physiotherapists applying to Major Games are only eligible to be selected twice (2) in a five (5) year period within the same role (“2 in 5” rule). The 5-year period (a ‘year’ being defined as 12 months) will be calculated by counting backwards from January 1st of the year the Games are taking place. 

For example, Diploma holders selected to attend a Major Games as a Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist twice in the same role in a 5-year period would all be considered ineligible to be selected for another Major Games in the same role (Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist) in the same 5-year period, i.e. “2 in 5” rule calculation. 

*Core Health Service Team Therapists include those selected either as a physiotherapist or as an athletic therapist (i.e. SPC member who is also CATA certified and is selected through CATA)

Developmental Games (i.e. Youth Olympic Games, Jeux de la Francophonie, FISU/World Universiade)**

Physiotherapists applying to Developmental Games are only eligible to be selected twice (2) in a five (5) year period within the same role (“2 in 5” rule). The 5-year period (a ‘year’ being defined as 12 months) will be calculated by counting backwards from January 1st of the year the Games are taking place. 

For example, Diploma holders selected to attend a Developmental Games as a Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist twice in the same role in a 5-year period would all be considered ineligible to be selected for another Developmental Games in the same role (Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist) in the same 5-year period, i.e. “2 in 5” rule calculation.

*Core Health Service Team Therapists include those selected either as a physiotherapist or as an athletic therapist (i.e. SPC member who is also CATA certified and is selected through CATA)

**NB: The “2 in 5” rule does not apply to ’Canada Games’ nor does it apply to ‘Other Developmental Games’ (i.e. Arctic Winter Games, Commonwealth Youth Games, Gay Games, Invictus Games, Maccabiah Games, World Military Games, Indigenous Games, World Masters Games, World Police & Fire Games).

(The reason Canada Games fits in this category is to permit SPC Diploma holders to continue gaining Multi-sport Games experience while acting as Mentors to newer candidates.)

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2020 Executive Committee Nomination Package

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 of joining the SPC Executive Committee?

2020 Call for Nominations the SPC Board of Directors

The SPC Nomination Chairperson is putting this call out for interested members to consider joining the SPC Executive Committee. For 2020 there are 3 open Committee positions.

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 Members Meeting (AMM) at the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort on April 30, 2020 (in conjunction with the CASEM Annual Symposium). Candidates will be required to attend in person or via webcast/skype to introduce themselves to the AMM attendees.

Successful candidates will hold their positions for two years commencing at the Annual Members Meeting.

About the Role

The Committee 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. Committee members are also eligible to take the Chair or Chair-Elect 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 end of our strategic plan. Highlights include revamping the Credential Exam Syllabus and Reference list, making applications to Major Games more equitable and continuing to build our SPC Profile, in particular our external profile.

Looking for more information on the role? Our Nomination chairperson, Timberly George Ambler is happy to answer any of your questions.  timberly@citysportsphysio.com

Time Commitment

The SPC Executive Committee meets twice a year in person, in the late fall for a strategic planning session and at the SPC AMM in the spring. In addition, the Committee meets via teleconference 4-6 additional times throughout the year as required. The next SPC in person meeting is TBA but may be in conjunction with the American Team Concept Conference in December and requires 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 Executive Committee 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.

NOMINATION FORM

Please send your complete documents by March 30, 2020 to Timberly George Ambler, Nomination Chairperson via email timberly@citysportsphysio.com and put SPC Nominations in the subject line.

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Call for Chief Reviewer – POSITION FILLED

SPC is seeking passionate members of the Sport Physio community to join in the role of Chief Reviewer to help develop, lead and oversee a new evidence-based review in Sports Medicine. The goal of this initiative, also known as The Sports Review, is to help disseminate information down from research to practice to help members remain current and informed in their clinical decision making.

The Sports Review will be a quarterly publication providing an overview of research published on a particular topic, drawn from article(s) and/or systematic review(s) found in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The candidate will be one of two Chief Reviewers overseeing four working groups across Canada, each of which will be responsible for one review annually.  The role of the Chief Reviewers will be to liaise with all working groups to aid in the completion of each edition, while ensuring consistency between them. Duties may include, but are not limited to, template development, assisting with topic selection and publication of each edition to share with SPC members.

The candidate should have experience & special interest in research with understanding and skill in critical appraisal. All candidates will be considered; however, preference will be given to those with one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Research based Masters
  • PhD (or PhD Candidate)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • FCAMPT with successful completion of the mandatory Research Methods course
  • Clinical Masters in Advanced Orthopedics (MClSc or equivalent)


Call for Editors – STILL OPEN

SPC is seeking passionate members of the Sport Physio community to join in the role of Editor to review articles and write up summaries for a new evidence-based review in Sports Medicine. The candidate would be working in a working group to complete the review; with each working being responsible for one to two reviews per year. The goal of this initiative, also known as The Sports Review, is to help disseminate information down from research to practice to help members remain current and informed in their clinical decision making.

The Sports Review will be a quarterly publication providing an overview of research published on a particular topic, drawn from article(s) and/or systematic review(s) found in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The candidate will be one of eight to twelve reviewers across Canada. The candidate will be assigned to working group of two to three, with each working group being responsible for one to two reviews annually.  The role of the Editor will be to liaise with your working groups and the Chief Editors to aid in the completion of the edition. Duties may include, but are not limited to, assisting with topic selection, reviewing article(s), writing up a review, doing interactive/clinically applicable photos/videos, communication with team and Chief Editor, for the assigned edition of the review to share with SPC members.

The candidate should have experience & special interest in research with understanding and skill in critical appraisal. All candidates will be considered; however, preference will be given to those with one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Research based Masters
  • PhD (or PhD Candidate)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • FCAMPT with successful completion of the mandatory Research Methods course
  • Clinical Masters in Advanced Orthopedics (MClSc or equivalent)

Interested candidates should submit a copy of their resume and a brief summary (in the body of the email) addressing why they are interested in this role and what makes them a suitable candidate considering the outline provided above.

Please email all submissions to ontario@sportphysio.ca , ATTN: Jovana Smoljanic

Deadline for Submission: JANUARY 31, 2020

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and interest in The Sports Review.

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Thank you for considering a Volunteer role at the 3rd World Congress of Sport Physical Therapy.

The SPC 2019 Volunteer Manual will be posted shortly. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at events@sportphysio.ca

If you wish to volunteer with SPC 2019, please fill out the form below before September 14, 2019. Please note, there are no guarantees to receiving the volunteer shift you apply for. We will do our best to accommodate all offers of volunteering! And finally, the shift schedule times are not yet exact, but expect that they will be either a morning/early afternoon or afternoon/early evening shift.

1. Have you already registered for World Congress?
2. Please check off your availability as a Volunteer. Select as many as you are available for. Please read the NOTE above at the top of the page. *
3. If selected as a Volunteer for the above shift(s), would you like to be registered for the remainder of that day’s programming?
4. Are you available to attend the Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday October 2nd at 4pm?