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SPC is excited to be the guest editor for the December BJSM journal. We are opening a photo contest to all members for the COVER PHOTO of the issue. See criteria and submission information below.


Photos capturing sport physiotherapy and in particular any “Canadian” themed photos.

  • All photos need to be submitted with signed photo release forms attached in the email from all parties represented in the photo. Photos without signed release forms will not be considered.
  • All photographs will be required to be submitted in a jpeg format not exceeding 4MB
  • High resolution version of photos should be available if selected as cover shot
  • No black and white photos or sepia photos
  • No photo filters or text over the photos
  • Photos should not be blurry
  • Any photos entered should have your first and last name, phone number, and mailing address within the body of the email
  • If sending multiple images, please do not send individually. You can supply a zipped file with all images, not exceeding 4MB. Each photo will need the photographer’s info as stated above
  • Photos will only be accepted through email.

Photography Tips:

  • Be mindful of your backgrounds in your photos. Check for garbage, etc.
  • Ensure all equipment pictured is clean and in working condition. People or items in the photo should not have excessive branding.

Entry details: Deadline August 31, 2017

Send your photo entries and photo release forms to Ashley at with the subject line “PHOTO CONTEST”.

Download  SPC Photo Release form

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Thank you to those who recently joined us at CASEM in Mt. Tremblant for our AGM.  It is always so much fun to connect with our SPC regular attendees and meet those who are local to the conference area.   Next year will see us, again, holding our June AGM in concert with the CASEM conference in Halifax.  Please consider joining us there.

This year’s AGM also marked our first electronic meeting of this nature. With fingers crossed and a little breath holding, it went without a hitch.  Thank you to Marsha, Tamas and Tim, our CPA colleagues, who stayed late on a Friday night to help us from remotely.

Our Division continued its recent tradition of having more nominees than available spots for election to the SPC Board.  Congratulations to Paul Hunter and Timberly George, who were re-elected for their 2nd terms.

SPC Board Members: Paul, Timberly, Shannon, Nadine and Kim all thumbs up after a great AGM and CASEM conference!


Some reflections from CASEM conference. We hope you will join us next year in Halifax!

I was privileged to attend CASEM as the Chair of SPC BC. It was a great conference with very interesting sessions, new research, clinical tidbits and a fabulous time to reconnect with physiotherapists and physicians as well as meet new colleagues. Meetings and elections went smoothly for SPC and I look forward to working with the National executive through the next year. Congratulations to Timberly and Paul on their re-elections.

For me, the biggest take-home from the conference is the emergence of regenerative medicine. It is the way of the future and we all need to be up on the research in this area. PRP and Stem Cell injections may be administered by physicians but we need to be informed so we can refer appropriately and inform our patients if they should be considering these new treatments. As with many treatments, especially new ones, the research lags what is being done in the clinics and offices and we need to be aware of this. There are certainly many different points of view on these treatments, which we also need to be respectful of. Regardless, keep reading and talking to colleagues and we will see where this all goes! Exciting times in our field, as always!

I am already looking forward to CASEM June 2018 in Halifax!
-Paige Larson, BC


A hit home point when Dr Richard Goudie spoke on para athletes. I found it to be scary and enticing.  He highlighted things that could go wrong and they do remind you to review some basic skills before taking on a para team.

John Boulay’s (CATA) session on emergency care was also on point. Reminder to make sure you are up-to-date on your Sports Responder before leaving with a team!

The Berlin Concussion summary by Dr Jamie Kissick was also good. He was on point and summarized all the pertinent stuff. Details are in the May edition of the BJSM.

– Marc Rizzardo


We enjoyed a very informative presentation on the Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome from Dr. Margo Mountjoy.  A very good update for those of us (I’ll admit to it) who were still calling it the Female Triad Syndrome.

-Nadine Plotnikoff

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The most recent (5th version) of the Consensus Statements and Tools for concussion Assessment are now available. A must read and must download resource!


The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5)
 The Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5) is the most recent revision of the Pocket Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 that was initially introduced by the Concussion in Sport Group in 2005. The CRT5 is designed to assist non-medically trained individuals to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible sport-related concussion and provides guidance for removing an athlete from play/sport and to seek medical attention. This paper presents the development of the CRT5 and highlights the differences between the CRT5 and prior versions of the instrument.

 Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition (SCAT5)

Most recent revision of a sport concussion evaluation tool for use by healthcare professionals in the acute evaluation of suspected concussion. The revision of the SCAT3 (first published in 2013) culminated in the SCAT5. The revision was based on a systematic review and synthesis of current research, public input and expert panel review as part of the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Berlin in 2016. The SCAT5 is intended for use in those who are 13 years of age or older. The Child SCAT5 is a tool for those aged 5–12 years, which is discussed elsewhere.


The SCAT 3rd edition (Child SCAT3) was developed for children aged between 5 and12 years. Research to date was reviewed and synthesised for the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany, leading to the current revision of the test, the Child SCAT5

2017 Concussion in Sport Consensus Statement

“The 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous statements1–4 and to develop further conceptual understanding of sport-related concussion (SRC) using an expert consensus-based approach. This document is devel- oped for physicians and healthcare providers who are involved in athlete care, whether at a recre- ational, elite or professional level. While agreement exists on the principal messages conveyed by this document, the authors acknowledge that the science of SRC is evolving and therefore individual management and return-to-play decisions remain in the realm of clinical judgement.

This consensus document reflects the current state of knowledge and will need to be modified as new knowledge develops. It provides an overview of issues that may be of importance to healthcare providers involved in the management of SRC. This paper should be read in conjunction with the systematic reviews and methodology paper that accompany it. First and foremost, this document is intended to guide clinical practice; however, the authors feel that it can also help form the agenda for future research relevant to SRC by identifying knowledge gaps.”


Readers are encouraged to copy and freely distribute this Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, the Concussion Recognition Tool version 5 (CRT5), the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool version 5 (SCAT5) and/or the Child SCAT5. None of these are subject to copyright restriction, provided they are used in their complete format, are not altered in any way, not sold for commercial gain or rebranded, not converted into a digital format without permission, and are cited correctly.

Medical legal considerations

The consensus statement is not intended as a clinical practice guideline or legal standard of care, and should not be interpreted as such. This document is only a guide, and is of a general nature, consistent with the reasonable practice of a healthcare professional. Individual treatment will depend on the facts and circumstances specific to each individual case. It is intended that this document will be formally reviewed and updated before 31 December 2020.