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Plenary Sessions / Breakout Workshops

Friday, September 28, 2018

6:30 - 7:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks - Various Guests

7:00 - 8:00 pm    Opening Presentation - Michael Linklater

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:15 - 10:00 am    Breakfast Presentation - Brianne Theisen-Eaton

10:15 am - 11:00 am - Breakout Sessions #1

a) My Olympic Journey - Brianne Theisen-Eaton
Learn more about Brianne and the journey that took her from a small Saskatchewan city to an Olympic medallist in athletics. She will share how she did not specialize in a sport too early, and how that was a big part of her life and contributed to her success at the International level.

b) Overuse Injuries in Sport - How to Prevent Them - Kati Pasanen
(More information forthcoming)

c) Under-Recovery Syndrome (vs Over-Training Syndrome) in Elite Sport - Paddy McCluskey
Overtraining syndrome suggests that training is the only mechanism that can lead to athletes being in a state of under recovery and poor performance. But there are other factors that may contribute. Dr. McCluskey will review the signs of poor recovery in athletes and you will learn what may be contributing to this state when present in elite athletes.

d) Self Massage for Recovery – Al Bodnarchuk
Participants will learn self massage techniques and apply them. As well other recovery techniques will be discussed to help with recovery.

e) Roles, Relaxation and Rehearsal: Preparing Confident Athletes for Capstone Team Sport Competition -
Tom Graham

The presentation will emphasize how coaches, athletes and teammates can work together to maximize the confidence of athletes for big competition. It will include the following:

  • Including athletes in their own role clarification and how to do it;
  • Reducing competition plans to priorities;
  • The art of mental relaxation (pairing sources of worry, concern and doubt with solutions that increase athlete control and confidence);
  • The importance of schemas (rehearsing the pairing between new situations/challenges and best response until that pairing becomes automatic and competition-ready);
  • Competitive simulation. Applying it to your season, being comfortable for big competitions nearer the end.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm - Breakout Sessions #2

a) Optimizing Acute / Chronic Training Load Periodization to Minimize Injury - Trent Stellingwerff
Probably one of the biggest predictors of injury probability is the mis-management of training load (intensity x duration). This presentation will examine various internal and external load metrics that one might consider monitoring, and how the acute (sudden) changes in load are much more predictive of injury than chronic load.

b) The Future of Sport Physiology – Hazem Hussein
How do we use the sciences of Physiology in the practical field in order to enhance an athlete's performance? This presentation will look at; Genes and sports, Molecular exercise physiology, Computational physiology, Gravitational physiology, Electrophysiology, Neurophysiology, Integrative Physiology and Nano biotechnology.

c) The role of Mental Performance Consultants within Integrated Support Teams - Barriers, Challenges, Obstacles – David Paskevich
Mental performance consultants address the psychology of sport performance. MPC's play a key role within the high-performance sport environment for all those involved including athletes, coaches, and support staff. Barriers, obstacles, and challenges discussed will include the ineffective integration of the IST, human and physical resources, insufficient collaboration with coaches and NSO's, a lack in adequate training of MPC members and an insufficient awareness of the role that MPC's may play in sport environment.

d) From Prince Albert to PyeongChang – An Athlete’s Story – Brittany Hudak
The story of a young Paralympian being discovered at the age of 18 at a local retail store by legendary Paralympian Colette Bourgonje. Find out what Brittany's life has consisted of for the past 6 years. The challenges, the trials and tribulations, the exposure to elite Sport Medicine & Science, and then the successes of becoming one of Saskatchewan's and Canada's elite 2018 Winter Paralympians.

e) Simplifying Mental Training: Integrating it with Practices, Preparation, and Team Culture – Ryan Flett
Mental Training can be done at home on your own, or in an office with a Performance Consultant. But developing your mental game takes on a completely different feel and has it's greatest impact when it is integrated with practice and when the focus is on sport development and performance, rather than on psychology. This not only results in better practices and development over the season, but in creating better habits, attitudes, and training/performance culture! I will present practical tips and real examples from my nearly 20 years of integrated Mental Training as a Consultant and a Coach in Canada and the United States.

12:30 - 1:00 pm - Lunch Presentation - Panel Discussion with Brittany Hudak, Derek Rope and other guests

1:20 - 2:05 pm - Breakout Sessions #3

a) Body Composition Periodization: from Health to Performance - a Dive into RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) - Trent Stellingwerff
Optimizing power to weight ratios in sport can have a significant impact on performance. However, acute and prolonged poor energy availability in seeking unhealthy body compositions can have profound effects on health and performance. This breakout will examine the science of RED-s in an elite athlete case study approach.

b) How Can a Physician Help Your Athlete - Paddy McCluskey
Learn how to optimize the use of a physician in the support of your athletes; how they can help with monitoring health and performance issues and how you can help them.

c) Leadership and Coaching within a High-Performance Culture - David Paskevich
Organizational culture has been referred to as to the unique configuration of norms, values, beliefs, and ways of behaving that characterize the manner in which groups and individuals come together to get things achieved. Examination of cultural facilitators and cultural barriers highlight the important role that pre-existing and leader-created cultures can play in enabling successful organizational performance in sport. Leaders and coaches in sport organizations should work hard to ensure that cultural facilitators are monitored and optimized to create high performing cultures, and mental performance consultants should consider the extent to which they focus on providing services and resources in an effort to optimize coach and leader behaviors.

d) We’re Here to Talk about the F-word: Helping Athletes Deal with Failure - Leah Ferguson
This presentation will allow the participants to understand the concepts of failures and setbacks, identify a variety of failures and setbacks in sport, explore multiple ways to manage failures and setbacks, define self-compassion, and end off by introducing self-compassion exercises.

e) Saskatchewan Indigenous Coach & Sport Development - Derek Rope and Bob Reindl
(More information forthcoming)

2:15 - 3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions #4

a) Stress and Coping in High-Performance Coaches - David Paskevich
Little research has examined coaches' responses to stress and the perceived effects of stress. An exploration of coaches' responses to stress, the effects of stress as perceived by these coaches, and the coping strategies they use is vital in developing our understanding of their overall stress experiences. It has emerged from the literature that stress management techniques need to be available to those coaches who do not have the relevant strategies to limit their stress, and to enable them to cope with the demands placed upon them as it may also help reduce burnout and withdrawal from their sports.

b) Identifying Sport Injury Risk Factors - Kati Pasanen
(More information forthcoming)

c) The Science of Sport Training - Hazem Hussein
This presentation will look at; The performance components, the competitive performance, Designing Physical Work Capacity, Sport-specfic Motor Performance Abilities, Early Maturation Versus Late Maturation, Genotype versus phenotype, the sport performance ceiling effect, how to build an athlete's engine, the mysterious adaptive mechanism, the important organ systems for coaches, and a quick look at Lactate/Lactic Acid

d) Moving Past the Outcomes of Youth Sport and into the Development of “Mindset” - Kyle McDonald
Qualitative case studies over 5 years of numerous athletes both male and female (ages 13-17) will provide insight into how a mental skills program can develop the resiliency to manage the stressors associated with today's sport environment.

e) From Prince Albert to PyeongChang – An Athlete’s Story - Brittany Hudak
The story of a young Paralympian being discovered at the age of 18 at a local retail store by legendary Paralympian Colette Bourgonje. Find out what Brittany's life has consisted of for the past 6 years. The challenges, the trials and tribulations, the exposure to elite Sport Medicine & Science, and then the successes of becoming one of Saskatchewan's and Canada's elite 2018 Winter Paralympians.

3:15 - 4:00 pm - Breakout Sessions`#5

a) Optimizing Acute / Chronic Training Load Periodization to Minimize Injury - Trent Stellingwerff
Probably one of the biggest predictors of injury probability is the mis-management of training load (intensity x duration). This presentation will examine various internal and external load metrics that one might consider monitoring, and how the acute (sudden) changes in load are much more predictive of injury than chronic load.

b) Overuse Injuries in Sport - How to Prevent Them - Kati Pasanen
(More information forthcoming)

c) Under-Recovery Syndrome (vs Over-Training Syndrome) in Elite Sport - Paddy McCluskey
Overtraining syndrome suggests that training is the only mechanism that can lead to athletes being in a state of under recovery and poor performance. But there are other factors that may contribute. Dr. McCluskey will review the signs of poor recovery in athletes.

d) Protein Timing for Optimal Recovery - Heather Hynes
Every service provider and coach often has questions in regards to recovery for competition. Heather will focus on the protein recommendations for sport and injury management when it comes to optimal recovery.

e) Sleep, Rest & Performance - Lisa Hoffart
Participants will acquire an understanding about the interdisciplinary approach for sleep, rest, and how it can affect an athlete's performance. In specific, the positive impact from nutrition, exercise, medical, and mental skills on sleep as well as the negative impact on sleep as a result from social media and technology.

 

 

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