Welcome SPC-MB Members!



Help us plan out our 2018-2019 year.  Your SPC-MB executive is very excited to get started on planning this upcoming year.  Please consider taking a short, 10 question survey to help us plan! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Concussion Educators/Facilitators/Presenters Needed

Athletes, coaches, medical professionals and parents have increased their awareness of and concern about concussion in sport. Manitoba is part of a national movement to help protect youth participating in sport from the effects of concussion.


The Province of Manitoba, in conjunction with Sport Manitoba, has initiated the process of bringing into law The Concussion in Youth Sport Act, which addresses concussions in youth in amateur, competitive and school-based sport.


This Bill will require provincial sport organizations to adopt a return-to-play protocol for youth athletes who sustain or are suspected of sustaining a concussion. This protocol requires coaches to remove athletes suspected to have sustained a concussion from play until medically cleared to return and – perhaps more importantly – dictates that young athletes and their caregivers receive concussion awareness information and training.


Sport Manitoba has formed the Sport Manitoba Concussion Working Group, which is currently standardizing return-to-sport templates for provincial sport organizations and developing informational resources for both sport organizations and athletes on concussion recognition and management (these resources are based on The 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.)


The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba (SMSCM) has taken an active role with this working group and has three key roles to play moving forward:

  1. To share information with the Sport Manitoba membership (PSO’s, coaches, etc.) regarding concussion recognition and management as well as the new Act.
  2. To lead and participate public education on the topic.
  3. To establish and manage a speakers’ bureau to facilitate this information sharing.


That’s where you come in.


We need you – our member groups – and your respective memberships to volunteer as educators, facilitators and presenters to form this speakers’ bureau and ensure information is disseminated.


Sport organizations and the public will be directed to SMSCM to request specific educational sessions for their needs. Presenters will be matched with these requests based on availability, location, background and specific sport interests and expertise.


The Working Group will provide a standardized presentation, so your commitment will simply include familiarizing yourself with the content and sharing the key messages – not developing any course materials or curriculum. The presentation will be accompanied by basic training and a set of common questions and answers to ensure we are all sharing the same key messaging. In the near future, the SMSCM and the Sport Manitoba Concussion Working Group will be holding workshops to recruit and to educate potential presenters.


The presentations are being designed for delivery at a basic educational level, by any sports medicine or science professional regardless of their respective background, in approximately 60 minutes.


Presenters will be required to sign a Code of Conduct ensuring that they will act professionally and deliver the consistent message according to provided guidelines. Presenters will be given an honorarium along with a Sport Manitoba golf shirt to wear at their sessions.


The Concussion in Youth Sport Act will likely be passed within the year and we will need to provide education to all involved as soon as possible. If you are interested in participating in this monumental process, please complete the attached form and return it ASAP to The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba.


If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact us at the SMSCM (email: sport.med@sportmanitoba.ca or phone: 204.925.5750)


Thank you in advance,

The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba

Click here for application: Concussion in Youth Sport Act-SMSCM educators recruitment

SPC-MB Student Merit Award – 2018 Recipient

Recently, SPC-MB Executive Chair Quinn Taylor got the honour of handing out our SPC-MB Student Merit Award at the CoRS 2018 Convocation!

Each year, this prize is awarded to a graduating student who has shown significant interest in the field of sports physiotherapy. They are deemed to be the highest ranked student based on a combination of the candidate’s sports physiotherapy experience and a letter of recommendation.  The recipient of our award receives a $250 certificate towards a course offered by SPC-MB.

This year’s recipient has been involved in the sports medicine community since 2012, when he first obtained his sport first responder certification. As an MPT student, he volunteered his time at major events such as the 2017 Canada Summer Games, the PGA Mackenzie Tour Players Cup, and the World Masters Ultimate Club Championships. Between these three events alone, he volunteered over 200 hours. He also leant his hand at hockey tournaments, the Manitoba Marathon, Athletics Manitoba track meets, and several other events during this period.

In the first few years of his practice, he plans to enrol in the SPC credentialing program, and has already accepted a role as a first responder with the Seven Oaks School Division. He hopes to one day serve as a mentor for future grads that share his passion for sport.

A big congratulations to Vincent Francisco, our recipient for 2018!

Vincent, pictured above, with SPC-MB Executive Chair Quinn Taylor.

SPC-MB Annual General Meeting 2018


Hello SPC-MB Section Members!


The SPC-MB Section AGM took place on Saturday April 7, 2018, in conjunction with the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association AGM (“PhysioForum 2018”) at the Charleswood Community Church.  We would like to thank everyone who came out to join us! 

We were very excited to hand out the SPC-MB Membership Award to the very deserving Mike McMurray! Congratulations Mike — you are a perfect example of what a Sport Physiotherapist should be and it was great to get to honour your years of dedication to our profession!

We encourage members to consider nominees over the next year — there are so many deserving Sport PT’s in Manitoba — and we would love to recognize them at the 2019 AGM.

SPC Membership Award


We were very excited at 2018’s AGM to recognize the very deserving Mike McMurray – who was nominated by last year’s winner Russ Horbal.

From Left to Right: Russ Horbal, Mike McMurray, Quinn Taylor (Executive Chair SPC-MB)

Russ Horbal congratulating 2018’s SPC-MB Membership Award winner Mike McMurray on his win.

At 2017’s AGM we were very happy to present our Inaugral SPC-MB Membership Award to the very deserving, Russ Horbal!  

From right to left, Chris Loewen (SPC-MB Membership Development Coordinator), Russ Horbal, Steve Moerman (SPC-MB Chair)




A note from Russ Horbal to SPC-MB members:

Dear Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba Members,

Thank you to the Executive and the membership for honouring me with the inaugural SPC Membership Award. I was very moved and humbled by this recognition. Becoming a sports physiotherapist and my community and professional involvement was a labour of love and very fulfilling in itself. So, being recognized with this award is overwhelming. Hopefully my involvement gives you motivation to continue to be involved yourselves and to have a blast doing it like I did.Sincerely,
Russ Horbal
Sport Physiotherapist



Upcoming Events Requiring Coverage


AAAA JV Volleyball

When: November 26th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Where: IGAF, University of Manitoba

AAAA Volleyball

November 28th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm

November 29th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm 

December 3rd, 2018 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm


Where: IGAC, University of Manitoba


** If you are interested in covering any of this events – either the entire time posted, or a portion of — please contact our events coordinator Jeff at manliguezj@gmail.com **


Executive Committee


Quinn Taylor
Executive Chair
Pure Lifestyle Ltd.
1129 Empress St.
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-338-7873
f: 204-788-1492
e: quinn@purewinnipeg.com

Vanessa Voth
D’Arcy Bain Physiotherapy
100-2200 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-694-2337

Kelsey Moeller Brown
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Quarry Physiotherapy in Stonewall, inMotion Network
3-347 Main Street
Stonewall, Manitoba
t: 204-467-9101
f: 204-467-9102
e: moeller.kelsey@gmail.com

Curtis Friesen
Education Co-Chair
Riverbend Physiotherapy at St. Boniface Clinic
Winnipeg, MB
343 Tache Ave
t: 204-336-3204

Brandon Labonte
Education Co-Chair
United Therapies Rehabilitation Centre
104-1695 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-338-5252
f: 204-334-1948
e: brandon@unitedtherapies.ca

Shanley Mowatt
Membership Development Coordinator
Windsor Park Physiotherapy and Athletic Injuries Centre
130-50 Lakewood Blvd
Winnipeg, MB
Fit4Life Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre
3-2665 Henderson Highway
East Saint Paul, MB
e: shanley@fit4lifephysio.com

Haley Stenberg
Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba SPC Representative
Vista Place Physiotherapy
Unit K-1631 St Mary’s Road
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-253-2165
f: 204-253-2229
e: hqstenberg@gmail.com

Jeff Manliguez
Events Co-Chair
e: manliguezj@gmail.com

Emily Campbell
Events Co-Chair
e: umcamp24@myumanitoba.ca

Sitha Soung
Equipment Co-Chair
e: ssoung.rtp@gmail.com

Brad Gangloff
Equipment Co-Chair
e: bgangloff1988@gmail.com

Sabrina Rossi
MPT Year 1 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: rossis3@myumanitoba.ca

Justin Giesbrecht
MPT Year 1 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: giesbr27@myumanitoba.ca

Kahlil Diaz-Hammond
MPT Year 2 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: diazhamk@myumanitoba.ca

Danielle Klassen
MPT Year 2 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: danielle.klassen11@gmail.com




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