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post courtesy Canadian Olympic Committee.  photo courtesy Adam Pulicicchio/COC

TORONTO (June 21, 2019) – To kick-off Pride weekend festivities in Toronto, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (Foundation) have made a statement to the sport community embracing the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes.

Olympic champion Eric Radford announced Friday, on behalf of the Foundation, a $10,000 contribution towards the Sports Inclusion Officer and Facilitator position created by You Can Play and Egale Canada.

As the official charitable organization of Team Canada, the Foundation aims to create opportunities for the next generation, capable of greatness through Olympic values. This contribution helps support athletes and coaches to have the opportunity to represent Canada by eliminating the barriers in sport.

Based in Toronto, the Sports Inclusion Officer and Facilitator works as part of the Egale team and in conjunction with the staff of You Can Play in both Canada and the United States. Working closely with the Sports Inclusion Task Force, they promote, conduct outreach and schedule training sessions in schools, youth, community groups and sport federations across Canada.

“The reason why I choose to add my story to the LGBTQ+ athletes who paved the way before me is in hopes of inspiring the younger generation to celebrate our successes and our differences,” said Radford, a #OneTeam Ambassador. “Helping to fund this position supported by the Foundation is game-changing because it will help break down barriers that prevent aspiring athletes from participating in sports.”

Radford, who is the first openly gay male athlete in history to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games, is featured in a captivating spot that was released by Team Canada on Friday. The spot depicts a young athlete watching Canadian LGBTQ+ trailblazers who have paved the way for next generation athletes.

Other athletes featured in the spot include Harrison Browne and Kristen Worley, who earlier in the day, took part in a thought-provoking panel discussion hosted by CBC Sports journalist Devin Heroux, at the COC’s office above the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Joined by fellow panellists Radford and Egale Canada’s Helen Kennedy, the group tackled important issues regarding diversity and inclusion in sport while giving unique perspectives of their individual journeys.

“When I look back at my personal journey as an athlete to now, it’s clear to see that we’ve come a long way over the last 20 years,” said Worley, pioneer and high-performance cyclist. “We are at a turning point in the sporting community where real change is occurring, asking questions about why and how we do sport, and why the next generation of athletes that come after us will benefit from these efforts. Through authentic conversations that have begun, we are allowing for broader engagement across the sporting system in Canada and around the world.”

“We, as athletes, should be judged by our performances on the field of play and our character off of it, not by anyone’s gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or sexual differences,” added Browne, the first transgender athlete in professional hockey. “The road hasn’t always been easy, but I stand here today able to be my authentic self. I hope my journey will help the younger generation and inspiring athletes to feel comfortable in their own skin in order to be their true selves.”

The $10,000 announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of Team Canada’s 2019 ‘Be You’ pop-up store located at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, the Home of Team Canada. The pop-up, which will be open from June 21 to 23, sells t-shirts and badges designed to support Team Canada’s commitment to making sport a safer and more inclusive environment. Team Canada also launched an online store giving fans across Canada the opportunity to show their support.

The pop-up launch also involved the unveiling of a mural by “Shalak Attack”, a Canadian-Chilean visual artist based in Toronto who for over a decade has manifested her artistic expression on walls across the world. Inspired by Team Canada’s ‘Be You’ platform and #OneTeam initiative, the mural represents unity for all. The COC has announced that the mural will be donated to Egale Canada.

Launched in 2018, ‘Be You’, a brand extension of Team Canada’s bold Be Olympic platform, is a diversity and inclusion campaign with the goal of empowering the sport community to be their authentic selves.

Now a subset of ‘Be You’, the #OneTeam Ambassador program, created in 2014, aims to connect Team Canada with communities across the country to promote mental fitness, self-esteem and LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport as well as provide educational resources through the Canadian Olympic School Program.

In 2014, the COC announced unprecedented steps to protect and support LGBTQ+ athletes, youth and coaches in sport and schools. A tri-party Memorandum of Understanding was signed between You Can Play, the premier organization for LGBTQ+ equality in sport, and Egale, Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights in amateur and high-level sport.

Since 2015, #OneTeam resources made available through the Canadian Olympic School Program have been downloaded 108,697 times by educators, athletes, coaches and community groups.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Josh Su, Specialist, Public Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
C: 647-464-4060
E: jsu@olympic.ca

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Canada’s rising star student-athletes to meet media to discuss their seasons and future plans

With its eighth year of operation nearly completed, Canadian Sport School Victoria (CSS Victoria) is hosting its annual Media Day on Thursday, May 23rd between 11:30am and 12:30pm.

CSS Victoria Media Day is an opportunity for the 29 students from the 2018-19 cohort to discuss their successes over this season and, for the 15 graduating students, to talk about the next steps in their athletic and academic careers.

Highlights for this year include Riley Pickrell (Cycling) Casey Garrison (Cycling) and Georgia Cameron (Weightlifting) all medaling at their respective Junior National Championships this year. Then, earlier this month, Spencer Thomas and Tai Kilpatrick helped their Victoria City Rowing Club Under 19 Men’s eight Rowing crew win gold at the prestigious Windermere Cup in Washington State. The last time VCRC won the U19 Men’s eight was in 2004.

The complete list of graduating student-athletes, along with their post-secondary plans, is listed below:

First Name Last Name Sport School Club/Affiliation Post-Secondary Plans
Georgia Cameron Weightlifting SIDES Siemens Weightlifting/ Team BC University of Victoria
Luke De Greeff Volleyball Lambrick Park Seaside Volleyball York University (Ontario)
Jake Dziwenka Soccer Claremont Vancouver Island Wave University of Northern BC
Casey Garrison Cycling Reynolds Tripleshot Cycling Club/ Team BC Gap Year to Train Full Time
Ali Henderson Softball Belmont Victoria Devils Fastball Association Grayson College (Texas)
Maki Jenner Field Lacrosse Claremont Team BC University of Denver
Riley Pickrell Cycling Claremont Trek Red Truck Cycling Team/Team Canada TBD
Joshua Elbourne Rugby Esquimalt James Bay Rugby Club Crandall University (New Brunswick)
Amelia Gordon Rugby Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers/Team BC University of British Columbia
Isaac Swan Lacrosse Belmont Victoria Shamrocks/Team BC Lewis University (Illinois)
Tai Kilpatrick Rowing Reynolds Vic City Rowing Club University of Victoria
Emma Letkeman Volleyball Pacific Christian School Victoria Volleyball Association Red Deer College (Alberta)
Marissa Murray Rowing Claremont Gorge Narrows Rowing Club University of Texas at Austin
Spencer Thomas Rowing Claremont Vic City Rowing Club Gap Year to Train Full Time
Cordel Tromp Field Hockey SMUS Lynx Field Hockey Club/ Team BC University of Victoria

The Canadian Sport School is an important initiative of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, delivered in partnership with PacificSport and Engage Sport North or viaSport Regional Alliance. With campuses located in Victoria, Kelowna, and Prince George, the program provides assistance for secondary school aged student-athletes who are balancing their educational and training demands.

The complete list of student-athletes in Canadian Sport School Victoria for 2018-19 is below:

Name School Sport(s) Grade
Cormick Brown Lambrick Park Basketball 10
Megan Barnes Maria Montessori Cycling 11
Mira Calder Claremont Judo and Rowing 9
Georgia Cameron SIDES Weightlifting 12
Jayden Cull Belmont Baseball 11
Luke De Greeff Lambrick Park Volleyball 12
Jake Dziwenka Claremont Soccer 12
Joshua Elbourne Esquimalt Rugby 12
Casey Garrison Reynolds Cycling 12
Amelia Gordon Oak Bay Rugby 12
Keegan Hall Belmont Weightlifting and Rugby 11
Ali Henderson Belmont Softball 12
Payton Henderson Claremont Softball 10
Libby Hogg Oak Bay Field Hockey and Rugby 11
Maki Jenner Claremont Lacrosse 12
Tori Kalyniuk SIDES Speed Skating and Cycling 11
Emma Letkeman Pacific Christian School Volleyball 12
Tai Kilpatrick Reynolds Rowing 12
Conor Loughnane SIDES Athletics 11
Eric Luchies St. Andrews Baseball 11
Marissa Murray Claremont Rowing 12
Eva Person Stelly’s Basketball and Volleyball 10
Riley Pickrell Claremont Cycling 12
Peyton Stonehouse-Smith Spectrum Speed Skating 11
Nora Struchtrup Oak Bay Field Hockey 11
Isaac Swan Belmont Lacrosse 12
Spencer Thomas Claremont Rowing 12
Cordel Tromp SMUS Field Hockey 12
Amelia Wells Reynolds Cross Country Ski 11

Find out more about Canadian Sport School at: http://www.canadiansportschool.com

Find out more about Canadian Sport Institute Pacific at: http://csipacific.ca

For More Information, contact:

Jennifer Joyce

Lead, Canadian Sport School

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

250.220.2574

778.231.5592

jjoyce@csipacific.ca

Noah Wheelock

Manager, Communications & I.T.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

250.220.2534

250.813.3474

nwheelock@csipacific.ca

About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (www.csipacific.ca) is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fuelled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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North American’s top post-secondary Performance Analysis students compete in 9th annual Datafest

VICTORIA, BC – Looking to work with the top undergraduate students in North America in the fields of Data Analytics, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) co-sponsored ASA Datafest for the first time in 2019.

The American Statistical Association (ASA) DataFest is a celebration of data in which teams of undergraduates work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich, and complex data set.

CSI Pacific staff member Dr. Ming-Chang Tsai mentors students at ASA Datafest 2019

DataFest was founded at UCLA in 2011, when 30 students gathered for 48 intense hours to analyze five years of arrest records provided by Lt. Thomas Zak of the Los Angeles Police Department. ASA DataFest is now sponsored by the American Statistical Association and hosted by several of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. More than 3000 students take part from approximately 40 universities including University of Toronto, UCLA, University of Southern California, Purdue University, Duke, the University of North Carolina, Princeton, Dartmouth, Smith, Hampshire, Amherst, University of Massachusetts and many others.

CSI Pacific donated the data along with their sport partner, Rugby Canada; specifically, from the Rugby Canada’s Women’s 7s team.  From CSI Pacific’s side, this work was completed by CSI Pacific Lead, Biomechanics & Performance Analysis, Dr. Ming-Chang Tsai.

Dr. Tsai worked closely with the ASA DataFest organizing committee to curate the data a provide students with a “clean” data set, thereby allowing the students to spend more time completing in-depth analysis of the data.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Fatigue”.  A few of the areas suggestion to the participants for exploration included:

  • How reliable are subjective wellness scores? Can you quantify the individual variation in self-reported data and use this to adjust scores?
  • Should the quality of the opponent or the outcome of the game be considered when examining fatigue during a game?
  • Some accepted (and even widely used) measurements of training load or fatigue are insufficient. For example, you’ll find in these data a “Monitoring Score” which simply sums the values of other subjective scores in an attempt to create a single overall measure of fatigue. Is a simple sum useful? Or can it be improved? For example, are all components of this Monitoring Score needed? Are some more important than others, and why?

The competition ran from March 22nd to May 3rd, with data being released only on the day of each school’s event.  The competition took place in numerous locations across North America, with each location having a winning group of students.

The competition is judged by local data scientists who work in the industry.

The quality of this year’s competition was regarded to be the highest on record and ASA expects both the quality and quantity to increase for 2020.

To find out more about ASA Datafest:

https://ww2.amstat.org/education/datafest/

To watch the CSI Pacific ASA Datafest intro video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie32B8MldyE&feature=youtu.be

To find out more:

Dr. Ming-Chang Tsai,

Lead, Biomechanics & Performance Analysis
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

mtsai@csipacific.ca

 

Noah Wheelock

Manager, Communications & I.T.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

250.220.2534

250.813.3474

nwheelock@csipacific.ca

About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (www.csipacific.ca) is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fuelled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.

Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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CSI Pacific’s Speaker Series On Demand content, previously restricted to Canada’s elite athletes and coaches, now available to the general population at no cost

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s (CSI Pacific) is happy to announce that they have made their Sport Performance Speaker Series free to the general public. Previously limited to only targeted, high performance athletes and coaches, CSI Pacific has opened the education program up to anyone with an interest in cutting edge sport science, practical solutions to performance barriers, and thoughtful conversations with Canada’s best athletes.

Having recently completed a re-design of their Speaker Series On-Demand webpage (http://www.csipacific.ca/athletes/sport-education/on-demand/), CSI Pacific chose to allow access to anyone interested in high performance sport in Canada to find out more via a collection of webinars and recorded events. Topics and seminars are across eight key disciplines:

  • Coaching
  • Life Services
  • Medical Sciences
  • Mental Performance
  • Nutrition
  • Performance Analysis
  • Physiology
  • Strength & Conditioning

Webinars and recordings range from a deep-dive into a featured topic (e.g. Nutrition) to view unique presentation material, all of which provide insight about elite sport in Canada.

The Sport Performance Speaker Series is an all-encompassing education experience where viewers can download Podiumcast interviews, watch mini-series events that build on one another, and engage certificate programs that incorporate follow-up tests to cement the learning.

This collection of in-depth information is ideal for sport teams, clubs, or anybody with a passion for high performance sport.

To find out more and to download these video and audio files, go to:

http://www.csipacific.ca/athletes/sport-education/on-demand/

To find out more:

Drew Todd
Lead, Athlete Services
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
250.220.2537
dtodd@csipacific.ca

Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications & I.T.
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
250.220.2534
250.813.3474
nwheelock@csipacific.ca

About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (www.csipacific.ca) is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fuelled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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Post Courtesy Freestyle Canada

Note: Olympian Andi Naude is a CSI Pacific registered athlete and was one of our first two Olympians to graduate from one of our talent development programs when she and luger Reid Watts competed at PyeongChang 2018.

Vancouver, April 24, 2019 – After giving herself a year-long break from freestyle skiing, moguls expert Andi Naude has announced her retirement from competition.

The Penticton, B.C. native is leaving the sport at the age of 23. After using her time away from competition in the FIS World Cup 2018-19 season to study veterinary medicine, Naude has decided to hang up her skis and continue working toward becoming a vet.

“I knew coming out of the Games last year that I was going to take a year off no matter what, so I decided to apply to a bunch of different vet medicine schools in the UK just to see what my chances of getting in were, and luckily managed to get a spot at my dream school, the Royal Veterinary College in England, and everything sort of just fell into place after that.”

“Been (in England) now for almost a full year, and I’m loving every single day so much. I’m just thrilled to be part of something else I can really work hard towards, especially I dreamed of going into vet med, so to be here is a dream come true,” Naude added. “It made my decision to retire a whole lot easier, because I am focusing on something I love just as much as moguls skiing. I feel fortunate to be in this position.”

Andi was on the national moguls team for seven years, starting in 2012 at the age of 16 and skied in 62 World Cup single and dual moguls events over the course of her career. Her last start was on March 18, 2018 in Megève, France, where she finished the dual moguls event in fifth place.

Naude has won 10 World Cup medals, eight of those in single and two in dual moguls events. She made the podium three times on Canadian soil, notably with her third-place finish in Calgary on January 30, 2016 when she stood with gold and silver medallists Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. Named World Cup rookie of the year in 2013, Naude finished in the top five in the overall rankings in each of her last four seasons on the World Cup circuit, from 2015 to 2018.

Sixth in women’s’ moguls at the 2018 Olympics, Naude also competed in three World Championships, getting her best result in Norway in 2013 with a seventh-place finish in dual moguls.

“Representing Canada at the Games alongside my best friends was a dream come true,” said Naude. “Sweeping the podium a couple of times with Canadian teammates was a highlight. Actually, I really enjoyed the whole thing.”

“What I will miss the most is my teammates, the travel, the daily routine of really pushing yourself 110 percent every day in training, those long days on the hill pushing myself and working hard.”

This winter will see Naude hitting the books for her veterinarian’s course.

“I’m here in vet school for the next 4-5 years at least, studying and learning lots, playing with cute animals and spending time on farms. Really excited about this whole new chapter in my life.”

“I want to thank my teammates, my coaches Michel, Vincent, Steve and Sean, everyone involved in my career. My mom, dad and brother. I could not have asked for a better support crew, they were there for me every single day.”

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More information:

Dominique Ladouceur
Manager, Athlete Relations
+1.514.576.2379
dominique@freestylecanada.ski

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Victoria, BC, March 19, 2019 – On March 16th, Game Plan & Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) teamed up to host the first ever Athlete Advance Powered by Game Plan event. The event took place at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, BC.

The Athlete Advance is a one-day event, free to all Canadian Sport Institute Pacific registered athletes. The focus of this year’s Athlete Advance was leadership and communication and featured keynote speaker Jennifer Walinga, Olympic and World Rowing Gold Medalist. Attendees were invited to propel their sport careers by participating in interactive workshops and seminars presented by world-leading experts in high performance sport, Tamara Smith & Jennifer Dowdeswell.

This year’s Athlete Advance hosted 50 athletes across 15 different sports and was supported by 20 partners. It was the third year overall for the Athlete Advance, which had been hosted solely by CSI Pacific in previous years.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to engage with an athlete panel with highly accomplished CSI Pacific registered athletes. This year’s panel consisted of Nate Riech (Para-Athletics), Andrea Proske (Rowing), and Harry Jones (Rugby).

“It was great connecting with athletes from other sports. I also really enjoyed thinking deeper about how sports impact my business and work after rowing,” said Avalon Wasteneys, CSI Pacific-registered athlete and Canadian Elite rower for Rowing Canada.


– Keynote Speaker Jennifer Walinga

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Prioritize the health and safety of the sport system

Calgary, March 20, 2019 – The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI Network) welcomes the increased support of the Government of Canada towards the health and safety of the Canadian sport system. With the investment of 30 million dollars over five years, and 6 million a year thereafter, Canadian sport organizations will be able to promote accessible, safe, ethical and fair sport.

By taking strong measures to protect the athletes and by deploying considerable financial resources, the Government of the Canada has demonstrated a vision long term to ensure the sustainability of our sport system.

“The COPSI Network is looking forward to working with the Minister on specifically how this investment will be allocated,” said Dale Henwood, President and CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. “If this investment is directed to an increase in capacity of sport organizations, the COPSI Network will be better able to deliver essential services in the pursuit of athletic and personal excellence to athletes and coaches, thereby increasing the chances of success of our sport system.”

In addition to the announcement impacting the sport community, the COPSI Network welcomes new funding for infrastructure for local communities. By making funds available for infrastructure, including sport and recreation, the Government of the Canada offers communities access to modern and safe sport facilities.

 

ABOUT COPSIN

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) provides world-leading training environments to elite athletes and coaches across Canada. The team of experts delivers sport science and medicine, coaching, research and innovation, education and Game Plan services to power podium performances and help Canada win more medals. The Network includes four Canadian Sport Institutes (Pacific, Calgary, Ontario and Québec) and three Canadian Sport Centres (Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic).

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Information
Annie Gagnon, Manager, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Calgary
T: 403-202-6815 / C: 613-262-9644
E: aganon@csicalgary.ca

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Post courtesy Team Canada PR. Photo by Dave Holland

CALGARY (March 18, 2019) – Canada’s high performance sport community has announced national sport-related concussion guidelines designed to protect its national and next generation athletes.

The comprehensive and standardized sport-related concussion guidelines, developed by chief medical experts at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network, Own the Podium (OTP), the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), reflect a collaborative commitment to lead national policy development and provide world-leading health care provision for high performance athletes, coaches, staff and officials across Canada’s sport system.

“The multi-disciplinary approach used by the COPSI Network has developed significant expertise and partnerships in becoming a leader in the management of sport-related concussions,” said Dr. Brian Benson, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the CSI Calgary. “These national high performance sport concussion guidelines are a product of extensive collaboration within the Network.”

“The concussion guidelines build on the existing foundation established by Parachute Canada and the COPSI Network, exemplifying Canada’s desire to protect athlete health and welfare,” added Dr. Andy Van Neutegem, OTP Director of Performance Sciences, Research and Innovation. “Achieving excellence is the ultimate goal of all high-performance programs in Canada, while always protecting the health and safety of our athletes and coaches. OTP and its partners will continue to drive research in injury prevention and management, collaborating with experts to provide evidence-informed practices for National Sport Organizations.”

The following is an outline of the sport-related concussion guidelines that have been established. Click here to read the guidelines in full detail.

1. Concussion Definition – Sport-related concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces. There are several common features that may be utilized in clinically defining the nature of a concussive head injury.

2. Sport Concussion Policy, Protocol and Education – All high-risk Olympic and Paralympic winter and summer National Sport Organizations must have an up-to-date sport concussion policy and protocol in place that specifically addresses concussion education/awareness, code of conduct, removal from sport and return to sport.

3. Pre-season Clinical Assessment (healthy, uninjured) – During the pre-season period and prior to the first day of competitive season training camp, it is suggested that all high-risk sport athletes complete various clinical assessments under the supervision and guidance of the team physician at the time of COPSI Network Comprehensive Athlete Medical Intake on an annual basis.

4. Concussion Recognition and Removal from Sport Participation for Medical Evaluation – If a concussion is suspected, the athlete must be removed from training or competition and evaluated immediately. It is recommended that a COPSI Network, COC or CPC team certified athletic therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor or physician be onsite during practice, training and competition.

5. Acute Sport Concussion Assessment and Management:

a. Sideline Assessment – If an athlete is suspected of sustaining a severe head or spine injury during a game or practice, an ambulance must be called immediately to transfer the patient to the nearest emergency department for further medical assessment. If there is no concern for a more serious head or spine injury and after the first aid issues have been addressed, all suspected cases of concussion must be removed from the playing field and assessed by the medical team in a distraction-free environment.

b. Clinical Assessment and Management – (1) Concussion is a clinical diagnosis with the aid of a comprehensive clinical history, including mechanism of injury and previous injury history, and detailed neurological examination as soon as possible following the injury by the team physician or a physician experience with sport concussion. (2) If a concussion is formally diagnosed, both physical and cognitive rest is advised for the initial 24-48 hours post-concussion. (3) After 24-48 hours of relative rest, athletes can be encouraged to become gradually and progressively more active while staying below their cognitive and physical symptom-exacerbation thresholds. (4) When the athlete is determined by the medical team to be free of concussion-related symptoms at rest and with exertion, it is suggested the athlete repeat the web-based cognitive/neuropsychological test for post-concussion evaluation.

c. Return to Sport (Unrestricted Training and/or Competition) – It is recommended that athletes return to unrestricted training and competition only after the following circumstances have occurred: (1) There is resolution of concussion-related symptoms at rest. (2) There is no recurrence of concussion-related symptoms at exertion levels required for unrestricted practice and competition. (3) The athlete’s post-concussion clinical and neuropsychological status has returned to individual baseline levels as judged by the team physician.

d. Persistent Symptoms – Approximately 15-30% of patients will experience persistent symptoms. It is suggested that treatment be individualized and targeted to specific medical, physical and psychosocial factors identified on multidisciplinary assessments.

In collaboration with the COC and the CPC, the guidelines will be recognized prior to and at Olympic and Paralympic Games and at Pan American and Parapan American Games periods effective immediately.

“This collaboration is an excellent example of how the COPSI Network can help standardize the health and safety of high performance athletes across the country,” said Dr. Robert McCormack, COC Chief Medical Officer. “This is a great step and we support these guidelines which will help inform our approach for the upcoming Lima and Tokyo Games and beyond. It is important that Team Canada is protected and assessed with the highest level of precision on the sporting world’s biggest stage.”

“We believe this collaborative commitment marks Canada as a world-leader in protecting high performance athletes from sport-related concussions and we hope it sets the standard at Games,” added Dr. Andy Marshall, CPC Chief Medical Officer. “However, we also acknowledge that these guidelines need to be reviewed regularly and we call upon any new medical and scientific advances to join our development of world-class health care for our athletes.”

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CSI Pacific in partnership of UBC’s School of Kinesiology welcomes applications for the fifth cohort of the certificated and Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership Program. Application deadline is April 5th, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC, February 21, 2019 – Applications for the June 2019 acceptance for the Certificate of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program is now open. High performance coaches and technical leaders are encouraged to visit the School’s website to apply before the deadline of April 5th, 2019.

In 2015, UBC launched its Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program with an aim to improve the quality of high performance coaching and technical leadership in Canada; enhance performance of Canadian athletes toward international podium achievement; contribute to coaching as a profession; and to recognize national coaching qualifications and higher education credentials. This professionally based Masters program seeks coaches and leaders experienced in high performance sport who wish further national coaching qualifications and gain a post-secondary degree, an important evolution for the professionalization of coaching.

The key features of the UBC Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership include:

  • Targeted approach to recruiting coaches and leaders who have proven background in high performance coaching and leadership roles, and recognizes prior learning experience for flexible admission into the program.
  • Professional Masters Degree which ladders from a one year graduate certificate into a two-year Masters program with an emphasis on applied research.
  • A curriculum designed around four key themes: coaching effectiveness, performance planning, coaching leadership and training and competition readiness, which promotes action oriented, evidence based, and reflective practice.
  • Professors who have experience in High Performance sport as coach, leader or athlete and utilize practitioners from the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific to enhance real world practical application of cutting edge sport science.
  • A blended learning delivery model that accommodates full-time working professionals that includes onsite residency week with remainder of programming delivered online.
  • An integrated cohort that fosters collaboration and sharing among different sport backgrounds and experiences.

To learn more about the programs or to enroll, visit the UBC School of Kinesiology’s website: http://kin.educ.ubc.ca/programs/hp-coaching/

For More Infortmation

David Hill
Director, System Excellence
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
dhill@csipacific.ca
250.220.2522

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VICTORIA, BC – With the goal of putting some of the world’s leading minds in sport science together in one room, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) hosted their fourth annual Research Sharing Day on January 29th at their Victoria campus.

With presentations made on a wide variety of topics, the research presented on Research Day is shared in a multisport and interdisciplinary manner by CSI Pacific staff so that it will benefit an even larger number of Canada’s current and future Olympians and Paralympians.

“Research sharing day gives CSI Pacific staff and collaborators a chance to connect on all of the great projects that we pursue in order to help our sport partners achieve improved performance,” says Marc Klimstra, CSI Pacific’s Lead, Innovation & Research. “The presentations this year were exceptional and highlight an outstanding culture of innovation and research.”

This year, presentations were made by CSI Pacific staff and external partners alike, including experts from University of Victoria, UBC, Simon Fraser University and International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD).  Research focused on numerous disciplines and for multiple National Sport Organization (NSO) partners, including Canada Snowboard, Rowing Canada, Athletics Canada, Wheelchair Rugby Canada, Swimming Canada and more.

Topics and presenters for Research Day 2019 were:

  • “Using Mobile EEG to Assess Brain Health and Performance”
    – Olav Krigolson
  • “Exploring New Frontiers in CSI Pacific Mental Performance Service Delivery: Integrating Bioneurofeedback Tools into applied science and practice.”
    – Dr. Sharleen Hoar (CSI Pacific Lead, Mental Performance), Danelle Kabush (CSI Pacific Mental Performance Consultant) and Mary Claire Geneau
  • “Masters and Servants; how the preparation framework serves the performance model in slopestyle snowboarding”
    – Dr. Jeremy Sheppard (CSI Pacific Director, Performance Solutions)
  • “Developments in Field based Force Velocity Profiling”
    – Dana Agar-Newman (CSI Pacific co-Lead, Strength & Conditioning)
  • “Respiratory Muscle Training in Wheelchair Rugby Athletes with Cervical Spinal Cord Injury”
    – Chris West
  • “Reflections from the 68,000km PhD: With insights into environmental & 2-10 minute performance questions ahead of Tokyo”
    – Dr. Gareth Sandford (CSI Pacific post-doc student)
  • “Investigating How Athletes Get the Most From Their Training”
    – Dr. Sharleen Hoar Hoar (CSI Pacific Lead, Mental Performance), Bradley Young, Joseph Baker, and Lindsay McCardle
  • “Finding Our Niche in Sports Data Analytics Research, Education, and Application”
    – Dave Clarke

The researched is shared among CSI Pacific’s more than 50 sport science and sport medicine experts and will be used to help Canada’s athletes continue their strong performances on the world’s biggest stages.

About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (www.csipacific.ca) is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fuelled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.

Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

For more info contact:

Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications & I.T.
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
250.220.2534
250.813.3474
nwheelock@csipacific.ca

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