Conference Program

2017 CATA National Conference Program

CATA Conference - 6 CEUs
Pre-Conference Course - 2.8 CEUs
Town Hall Meeting - 1 CEU

Session Descriptions - full descriptions at the bottom


Lecture-style workshop                      Interactive workshop                      Hands on workshop                  

Thursday, June 1

8:30 am – 3:30 pm #1 Pre-Conference Workshop with Anne Hartley - Lyme Disease Pandemic
(separate registration required + additional cost)
Maple A
8:30 am - 3:30 pm #2 Pre-Conference Workshop with Mike Boni - The Neck – What a pain!
(separate registration required + additional cost)            
Maple B
9:30 am - 4:00 pm Golf Tournament - Texas Scramble (teams of 4) Offsite
12:00 pm Conference Registration Open Foyer 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Certification Candidate Resume-Building and Interview Skills Synergy 2
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Certification Candidate Exam Expectations Q&A Synergy 2 
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm CATA Town Hall Meeting Grand Hall CD 
5:45 - 7:15 pm Free time Offsite 
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Grand Hall AB 
8:45 pm - 11:00 pm Social Night at Margaritaville Offsite 

Friday, June 2

7:00 am - 7:55 am

Registration, Breakfast in Exhibit Hall Grand Hall AB 
7:00 am - 7:50 am Mentorship Breakfast for Candidates and Newly-Certified Hall E

7:55 am - 8:00 am

CATA Opening Remarks Grand Hall CD 
8:00 am - 8:45 am Lecture 1 - Doug RichardsTraining Load – Does it Predict Performance and/or Injury? Grand Hall CD 
8:45 am - 9:00 am Break to get to breakout sessions  
9:00 am - 10:30 am Breakout Session 1  
B01: Jonathan Maister - Shoulder the Blame - A Manual Approach to Demystifying Common Shoulder Conditions Maple A 
BO2: Mike Robinson - A Review of the Best Tools and Practices for Concussion Management Synergy 6/7 
BO3: Jonathan Ritchot - Effective Assessments and Training Strategies for Athletes and Clients with a Disability Synergy 3/4 
BO4: Ian Murray - Muscle Activation Technique Maple B 
BO5: Laura Leslie - Vestibular Assessment and Treatment in Concussion Athletes Hall E 
BO6: Jordan Utley - Maximizing Motivation in Injury Rehabilitation Synergy 1/2 
BO7: Exhibit Hall (visit with exhibitors) Grand Hall AB 
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break to change rooms   
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Session 2 - same sessions as above  
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall Grand Hall AB 
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Breakout Session 3 - same sessions as above  
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break to change rooms   
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Breakout Session 4 - same sessions as above  
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Diamond Tape-Off and break in the Exhibit Hall  Grand Hall AB 
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitor Tear-Down Grand Hall AB 
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm Free Time Offsite

6:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Cocktail Reception Foyer 

7:15 pm - TBD

Gatorade Annual Awards Banquet Grand Hall CD 

Saturday, June 3


7:30 am - 8:25 am

Breakfast & Registration Grand Hall CD 

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Introductions Grand Hall CD 
8:30 am - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker – Dr. Greg Wells Grand Hall CD 
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break to change rooms   
9:45 am - 11:15 am Lecture 2: Kevin Miller - Advances in Exertional Heatstroke Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Maple AB 
BO8: Anne Hartley - Eye Tests for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussions) Synergy 6/7 
BO9: Mike Dalliday - Head Injuries: To send or not to send?   Hall E 
B10: Ron Rappel - Success in Business Doesn't Happen by Accident! Synergy 1/2/3/4 

11:15 am - 11:30 pm

Break to change rooms   

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Research Presentations and Awards Luncheon Grand Hall CD 
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Break to change rooms      
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Lecture 3: Tara Grenier - Preventing Injuries On and Off the Field Maple AB 
BO8: Anne Hartley - Eye Tests for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussions) Synergy 6/7 
BO9: Mike Dalliday - Head Injuries: To send or not to send?   Hall E 
B10: Ron Rappel - Success in Business Doesn't Happen by Accident! Synergy 1/2/3/4 
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break to change rooms   
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lecture 4: Mike McKenney - Return To Sport Decision Making in an Athlete-Centered Performance Care Model Grand Hall CD 

4:15 pm - 4:20 pm

4:20 pm - 5:05 pm Lecture 5: Jacob Resch - Evidence-Based Approach to Concussion Management Grand Hall CD 

5:05 pm - 5:10 pm

Closing Remarks

Grand Hall CD 

6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Wine Tour


CATA reserves the right to change the program at any time


Presented by: Dr. Greg Wells

From Exercise Medicine to High Performance
In this presentation, Dr. Greg Wells will show the audience the latest physiological strategies that are being used to improve health and performance at the extreme limits of human potential and challenge. Dr. Wells conducts research at the University of Toronto on the physiology of peak performance in athletes. Concurrently he leads the exercise medicine research program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. Based on his research and experiences, Dr. Wells will lead the attendees through the latest studies, physiological concepts, and practical strategies to improve health and performance across the human spectrum.

Pre-Conference Workshop #1 - Lyme Disease Pandemic
Presented by: Anne Hartley

This is a lecture on the approaching pandemic of Lyme disease. It will include the signs and symptoms and treatment for both acute and chronic Lymes. It will reflect on the lack of medical recognition and treatment of the condition. The lecture will discuss the ticks that carry the disease and how to prevent being bitten. The spread of the tick population in Canada and the world will be reviewed. How to deal with a patient that has been just bitten and those that were bitten in the past. Case studies of this disease from my clinical practice will be discussed.

Pre-Conference Workshop #2 - The Neck – What a pain! 
Presented by: Mike Boni

This educational workshop is a practical and interactive workshop with an emphasis on the clinical reasoning and application of manual therapy skills relating to the cervical spine. It will provide an overview of the typical muscle and joint dysfunctions often associated with cervicogenic headaches, cervicogenic dizziness and/or radicular problems. A manual therapy approach will be demonstrated to gain practical clinical assessment and treatment knowledge of these typical muscle and joint dysfunctions. Targeted neck-related exercises will be demonstrated.

Lecture 1
Training Load – Does it Predict Performance and/or Injury?
Presented by: Doug Richards

The use of objective measures is increasingly common in rehabilitation and training for high performance. We are at a stage in the evolution of our knowledge at which we still do not know what phenomena to measure for optimal prediction of either performance capacity or risk mitigation.

This presentation will examine the spectrum of variables characterizing “training load” that might be of interest, and review the existing evidence on the ability of these measures to predict performance capacity and/or risk of injury.

Lecture 2
Advances in Exertional Heatstroke Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Presented by: Kevin Miller

Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is a medical emergency and one of the leading causes of death in athletes. Questions remain about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of EHS and severe hyperthermia. This presentation will discuss recent experimental studies that address the necessity of equipment removal prior to cold-water immersion (CWI); the necessity of regional WBGT guidelines; whether cooling vests should be used to prevent hyperthermia; whether temperate water (i.e., 15-25°C) can be used to treat patients with EHS; and how far into the rectum clinicians should insert a thermometer to obtain the most valid data. Following this session, clinicians will be able to address these issues with the best, most recent research evidence. As such, their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of EHS will become more evidence-based.


Lecture 3
Are We Placing Enough Focus on Prevention?

Presented by: Tara Grenier

 Injury prevention is a part of our practice as Athletic Therapists. But how much focus do we actually place on prevention? Who’s responsibility is it? Do we do enough? Can we do it better? What is done in other areas to prevent injury? Can we make a difference on and off the field? What injuries are seen at the trauma centre? These questions and other topics will be discussed.


Lecture 4
Return To Sport Decision Making in an Athlete-Centered Performance Care Model
Presented by: Mike McKenney

Following injury, athletic therapists and strength and conditioning coaches possess the greatest opportunity to optimize return to sport through a collaborative decision-making process. However, the landscape of measurement devices and systems is constantly changing and producing more data to consider in return to sport decisions. As a result, opportunity exists to negatively impact the decision-making relationship if data is not managed or interpreted correctly. An effective strategy to manage decision-making is the Strategic Assessment of Risk and Risk Tolerance Framework (StARRT). This three step process takes into consideration medical factors, sport-risk modifiers, and decision modifiers when considering return to sport decisions and the overall risk to an athlete. This presentation will focus on how to implement the StARRT framework in a patient-centered performance care model, and the integration of decisions from multiple health disciplines into athletic therapy and strength training when considering return to sport.


Lecture 5
Evidence-Based Approach to Concussion Management

Presented by: Jacob Resch

During the past two decades, awareness of sport concussion has significantly increased as a result of high profile cases, media attention, social media, and the unfortunate catastrophic consequences due to underreporting and/or mismanagement of the injury. Since 1997, a multi-dimensional approach to concussion management has been advocated for athletes at all levels of sport. Despite the recommendation to use a combination of neurocognitive, motor skill, and symptom measures to assess sport concussion, only 21% of surveyed certified athletic trainers in the United States reported using all three clinical measures in their practice. The purpose of this section is to address an evidence-based approach to concussion management, review the literature associated with each aforementioned clinical measure, and address best practice techniques that Athletic Therapists may employ into their concussion management protocol.


B01: Shoulder the Blame - A Manual Approach to Demystifying Common Shoulder Conditions
Presented by: Jonathan Maister

Typical patterns are evident in common shoulder conditions i.e. Impingement, Subacromial Bursitis, Tendonitis. This is common with racquet sports, golf, swimmers and weight training. This presentation will focus on correcting what 's often ignored: i.e. Scapular position, in particular the role of the Pectoralis Musculature. We shall explore 2 myofascial techiques (direct and indirect) to make this correction. Attendees will have ample opportunity to learn and perfect these advanced yet adaptable techniques. Attendees will have a comprehensive understanding of the clinical dynamics and will be ready to implement these powerful and effective hands-on modalities to make a significant difference to their athletes. That quantum difference in your athlete's status can be made by using outstanding proven treatments, yet really just focusing on the fundamentals of posture, movement and applied anatomy. You can expect a fun learning experience yet come away immediately with something you can use with confidence


B02: A Review of the Best Tools and Practices for Concussion Management
Presented by: Mike Robinson

The diagnosis, treatment, and management of sports related concussion has gained widespread attention, in recent years. This attention has also spawned a market for clinical tools to aid clinicians with concussion assessments and management. These tools come in various forms from the paper based SCAT to the computer based ImPact neurocognitive test. This session will review the theoretical side of the most popular tools (SCAT3, ImPact, King Devick), best practices in concussion management (including baseline testing, assessment and management), updates from the Berlin Consensus Conference as well as have a practical component to review the proper administration of the SCAT and King Devick tests.


B03: Effective Assessments and Training Strategies for Athletes and Clients with a Disability
Presented by: Jonathan Ritchot

Paralympic Sport bridges many gaps between rehabilitation and performance providing a unique opportunity for Athletic Therapists working as Strength and Conditioning Specialists or as part of an integrated team. As many Paralympians have experienced significant physical trauma or are living with chronic conditions, a strong understanding of the rehabilitation/performance continuum is vital to ensure both short term sport success and long term maintenance of quality of life. In the seminar, participants will learn techniques to feel better equipped to program effectively and ensure Paralympians can move out of the rehabilitation sphere and into performance.


B04: Muscle Activation Technique
Presented by: Ian Murray

What’s in your toolbox?
As Professional Athletic Therapists, we use many various "tools" or "Modalities" to work on our clients depending on what issues they may present during their assessment..
This breakout session will cover one such manual therapy modality, which allows the practitioner to assess and effectively treat muscle inhibition as it relates to altered mechanics and joint instability resulting from acute or sub acute injuries, which may be contributing to chronic and overuse syndromes.
The Technique is called MAT™or Muscle Activation Technique. It is "A systematic approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances, Joint instability, and limitations in Range of Motion within the human body".
The MAT™ Technique utilizes a comparative range of motion assessment to identify areas of restriction which may indicate areas of muscle inhibition or neuromuscular instability. With the help of specific applied manual muscle tests the practitioner is able to identify specific muscles which may be inhibited due to various factors such as stressors, trauma or overuse conditions resulting in altered mechanics and restricted ranges of motion. Once an inhibited muscle is identified the practitioner applies manual digital pressure to the tendon attachments of the particular muscle which was identified as inhibited. Afterwards the practitioner then is able to retest the muscle with the inhibition restored which will allow for improved stability and improved range of motion in the affected area. The process needs to be repeated for each muscle in the area which may relate to a restricted range of motion in order to improve overall function and stability, and is followed up with specific isometric home exercises in order to maintain signal to the affected muscles.


B05: Vestibular Assessment and Treatment in Concussion Athletes
Presented by: Laura Leslie

Athletic Therapists are in the forefront in dealing with the on-field assessments of concussions. Proper management from the field to the clinic usually results in a quick resolution (10-14 days) of the symptoms. But in 10-15% of all concussion cases, the concussion can take longer to heal due to its multi-dimensional complexity. Dizziness, loss of balance, and nausea are the most common symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This workshop is both theoretical and practical providing you with an introductory vestibular assessment and treatment approach for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) in concussion athletes.  


B06: Maximizing Motivation in Injury Rehabilitation
Presented by: Jordan Utley

The athletic training educational competencies suggest that athletic trainers should be knowledgeable in the application of psychosocial intervention techniques to enhance motivation and the holistic care provided to patients. Despite this expectation, research has demonstrated that athletic training students and athletic trainers feel unprepared to incorporate psychosocial intervention techniques into their clinical practice. This workshop is designed to help athletic therapists facilitate and enhance the motivation of their patients during the rehabilitation process. Two different theoretical frameworks will be discussed and how these concepts apply to rehabilitation motivation. Through group activities, discussion of motivational theory and strategies, and hands-on “practice” participants will gain understanding of what drives motivation, as well as learn key, evidence-based intervention strategies that can be used with any clientele.


B07: Exhibit Hall


B08: Eye Tests for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussions)
Presented by: Anne Hartley

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn eye tests for the mild traumatic brain injured patients (concussions). A demonstration of the visual tests will be done and then, in-partners, the participants will test their eyes for dysfunctions. The participants will then determine exercises that can be done to help with the eye problems found.  


B09: Head Injuries: To send or not to send? 
Presented by: Mike Dalliday

Head Injuries: To send or not to send? An overview of the Emergency Department assessment and decision making process following Traumatic Brain Injury to guide on-field decision making regarding Emergency Department referrals.

This presentation will discuss the Emergency Department (ED) assessment of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This will include neurological and physical exam, special tests and decision-making processes regarding diagnostic imaging, neurological consultation and inpatient vs. outpatient monitoring. It will discuss criteria for referral to the ED, expectations regarding ED management, as well as the acute assessment and management of TBI/concussion if the athlete does not require ED referral. Essentially, attendees should expect to develop a better understanding of what is involved in the ED assessment of TBI/concussion as well as criteria for ED referral to improve their on-field decision making process.


B10: Success in Business Doesn’t Happen by Accident
Presented by: Ron Rappel

This practical session will focus on growth strategies for current and future athletic therapy business owners, exploring business growth, focusing on customers, getting more customers, customer service, staff engagement, outcomes and management principles to grow your business.