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Overall Objectives for the course

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the injury profiles and unique needs for injury prevention in youth and masters athletes
  • Understand the value of both proactive and reactive approaches for injury management and prevention of disability in elite and recreational athletes of all ages
  • Explain how preventing sport-related injuries and their re-occurrence by developing robust and resilient youth and masters athletes ensures lifelong mobility, performance, and health
  • 7:30-8:00am Participants arrive (Breakfast not included)
  • 8:00-8:15am Introduction/overview of courseAllison Ezzat
  • 8:15-9:45am In the contradiction lies the hope: Mitigating the consequences of youth sport-related injuries Dr. Jackie Whittaker
  • 9:45-10:00am Break (coffee included)
  • 10:00-11:30pm The Process of Development Sport Training: Overview and Practical ConsiderationsJeff Osadec
  • 11:30-12:30pm Lunch Break (Lunch not included)
  • 12:30-2:00pm Understanding and managing injuries in masters athletesLaura Lundquist
  • 2:00-2:15pm Break (coffee included)
  • 2:15-3:45pm The old that is strong does not wither: J.R.R. Tolkein and the robust masters athleteDr. Scotty Butcher
  • 3:45-4:00pm Break (coffee included)
  • 4:00-5:00pm Panel discussionlinking up across topics, some prepared questions, common themes across speakers – All Speakers
  • 5:00-5:15pm Wrap upAllison Ezzat



TITLE: In the contradiction lies the hope: Mitigating the consequences of youth sport- related injuries

Objectives: At the end of this session attendees will be able to explain the contradiction that is youth sport – health benefits, injury risk and consequence of youth sport-related sport injuries; and describe an evidence-based pragmatic approach to preventing youth sport-related joint injuries and the long-term consequences of these injuries

Dr. Jackie Whittaker is an Assistant Professor, physiotherapist and clinician-scientist in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine 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 Osteoarthritis. Her research focuses on prevention of youth sport injuries and their consequences, particularly physical inactivity and post-traumatic
osteoarthritis. Jackie’s research is guided by 21 years of clinical practice, which allows her to move freely along the knowledge generation-translation continuum.


TITLE: Understanding and managing injuries in masters athletes
Objectives: At the end of this session attendees will be able to
Understand the impact of aging on injury incidence in masters athletes
Consider appropriate treatment program adaptations when dealing with injury in masters athletes

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. Since graduating from McMaster University in 2003 with her MScPT, she has completed further post-graduate training in sport and orthopedic physiotherapy; she holds her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and her Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. In 2018, she opened Zoomers Physiotherapy and Health Solutions in Halifax, NS; it is a multi-disciplinary clinic that focuses on providing health and fitness services for adults aged 50+ that promote healthy and active aging.


TITLE: The old that is strong does not wither: J.R.R. Tolkein and the robust masters Athlete
Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline common concerns and priorities for developing physical capacity in Masters athletes;
  2. Describe the modifications typically needed in strength and conditioning program design for the Masters athlete
    Told by the dwarf, Gimli, son of Gloin, this talk will outline the tale of the Wise King Aragorn in his quest to achieve physical greatness and reclaim his place amongst the elite Kings of old. Gimli will outline the special feats and tasks Aragorn was made to endure. Specifially, Gimli will outline the various modifications to Aragorn’s training that
    were required due to his advancing age and his diminishing mobility and capacity for work.

Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan, co-founder of Strength Rebels, and The Strength Jedi on social media. 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, 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.


TITLE: The Process of Development Sport Training: Overview and Practical

• Share collective experiences from years in sport science in working with
development athletes
• Addressing health and monitoring of the athlete
• Overview of CSI Calgary athletic development approach
• Considerations for the daily training environment


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.