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!

Take Survey – Click here

SPC-MB Convocation Award 2019

In 2018 we were proud to present the SPC-MB Convocation Award to Vincent Francisco — we are now accepting applications for the 2019 year! 

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

The Manitoba Section of Sports Physiotherapy Canada, a division of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association, offers an annual prize to a student in the Master of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The prize will be awarded to a student who shows keen interest and has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports physiotherapy. All applicants that meet the application criteria (outlined below) will be issued a one-year SPC division membership ($75 value). The successful applicant will receive a $250 cheque and will be presented an award at the College of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences Award Ceremony associated with convocation.


Application Criteria:

  • The graduating student completed the requirements of the Master of Physical Therapy Degree in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba,
  • Has performed a minimum of twenty hours of volunteer experience in a sport physiotherapy role,
  • And has submitted a letter of recommendation from a supervising physiotherapist.

The selection committee will base their decision on the following elements:


  • Application (10%)
  • Sports Medicine Experience (60%)
  • Letter of recommendation (30%)

The candidates’ application ranking is based on a fully submitted application that includes an explanation of future ambitions with sport physiotherapy. The sports medicine experience ranking is based on the extent of sport medicine volunteer involvement along with sports medicine continuing education courses that have been taken during the of physical therapy program. Letter of recommendation ranking is based on the strength of the recommendation presented.


The selection committee shall be three members of the executive committee of the Manitoba Section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

To apply, download and complete the application in your preferred format:

SPC Convocation Award Application (PDF)

SPC Convocation Award Application (Word)

Applications are due September 15th, 2019. 

SPC Membership Award

We were very excited to present the 2019 SPC-MB Membership Award to the very deserving D’Arcy Bain at the 2019 SPC-MB Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  

Pictured above: D’Arcy Bain giving his acceptance speech, presenters Russ Horbal and Quinn Taylor(SPC-MB Executive Chair)

Pictured above (from left to right): Russ Horbal, D’Arcy Bain and Quinn Taylor (SPC-MB Executive Chair). 

 SPC-MB Annual General Meeting

in conjunction with Manitoba Physiotherapy Association AGM was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. 

For those who couldn’t attend, here are the 2019 Minutes as well as Financial Summary. 

2019 AGM Minutes

AGM Financial Summary 2019 (for 2018 year) – Sheet1

Upcoming Education Opportunities
SPC-MB presents Dr. Scotty Butcher


WHEN: Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th, 2019

WHERE: ** ADDRESS CORRECTION**1100 Waverley Street, #14, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

COST: $420, SPC-Member price: $380

LECTURE CONTENT PREVIEW: https://youtu.be/nT8DY1sbd8U

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: https://www.sportphysio.ca/events/strength-and-conditioning-in-rehab-with-scotty-butcher-winnipeg-mb-september-27-28/

Course Description:

This course will provide an evidenced-based discussion and review of strength and conditioning principles as they pertain to rehabilitation, present frameworks for incorporating strength assessment and prescription into daily rehabilitation practice with a focus on the transition from “therapeutic exercise” to “exercise training”, and present examples of strength and conditioning programs resulting in long term training adaptations for healthy, recreationally active, and clinical populations. With a primarily practical component, therapists will learn appropriate rationale and techniques for integrating major movement patterns into their therapeutic exercise programs and appropriate coaching methods and cues for assessing and teaching squatting, deadlifting, and pressing patterns. Finally, select conditioning methods and techniques will be taught and integrated into the programming frameworks.

Not sure who Dr. Scotty Butcher is? 
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Check out his website!

Biomechanical Approach to Treatment of the Foot and Ankle


Date: October 19th and 20th, 2019
Time: 0800 to 1600
Instructor: Russ Horbal
Contact: rhorbal@mymts.net; (204)771-7397

Location: R170 – College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba
771 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cost: $550.00 (including GST)

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 11th/2019

The course is designed to help the graduate physiotherapist better assess and treat patients who present with lower kinetic chain dysfunction related to the function of the foot and ankle.  The philosophy of this course is to prepare participants to do this through critical analysis and problem solving.  The content of the course will build upon a thorough review of normal anatomy and biomechanics and how these relate to pathomechanics.  Participants will learn to perform a thorough biomechanical assessment of the foot and ankle as they function in the lower kinetic chain.  From this experience, participants will be able to formulate biomechanically-based, pathology-specific therapy interventions.  This will include footwear therapy, orthotic therapy, exercise therapy and patient education components and their roles in accepted clinical practice guidelines.  These objectives will be attained through didactic sessions and complimented by extensive practical experiences.

Foot and Ankle Course – Information

2019 October Winnipeg Foot & Ankle Course Information Sheet & Registration Form


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

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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