Conference Program

2018 CATA National Conference Program 


Lecture-style workshop        Interactive workshop       Hands on workshop (please dress in athletic attire)

Thursday, May 31

8:30 am - 3:30 pm #1 Pre-Conference Workshop (pre-registration, additional cost) Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C) - Demystifying the Hip – A Manual Approach  
10:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Delegate Social Activity - Quebec City and Orleans Island Tour  OR

Golf Day

12:00 PM Conference Registration Opens  
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Move In  
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Certification Candidate Resume-Building and Interview Skills  
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Newly Certified (<5 years) and Candidate Business Roundtable  
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CATA Town Hall Meeting  
5:45 pm - 8:45 pm Free time   
8:45 pm - onward Social Night at Les 3 Brasseurs  

Friday, June 1

7:00 am - 7:55 am

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

7:55 am - 8:00 am

CATA Opening Remarks  
8:00 am - 9:00 am Lecture 1: Loriann Hynes & Lauren Sergio -  Integrated Approaches to Assessing Function and Recovery Following Concussion  
9:00 am - 9:10 am Break to get to breakout sessions  
9:10 am - 10:40 am Breakout Session 1  
B01: Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C) & Ira Snytte, CAT(C), D.O(Q) - “Breath of Life”:  A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete's Respiratory System  
BO2: Chellaine Shockness Haye MBA, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS - PREPARATION: Expanding Your Personal Practice for the Future  
BO3: Beth Albert Halford PT, DPT, BKin, FCAMPT - Pelvic Health and Orthopedic Physiotherapy -The Female Post-Partum Athlete  
BO4: James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.Assessment of the Throwing Shoulder: Crucial Tests and Relevant Global Evaluation for Chronic and Acute Ailments  
BO5: Susan Thorvaldson, BA (Kin), CAT(C) & George Matos, CAT(C), CSEP-CPT, RCRT, BA Kin, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist - From Sidelines to the Frontline – The Athletic Therapist in the Workplace  
BO6: Dave Wright, CAT(C) - Strategic Muscle Patterns  
BO7: Exhibit Hall (visit with exhibitors)  
10:40 am - 10:50 am Break to change rooms   
10:50 am - 12:20 pm Breakout Session 2 - same sessions as above  
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall  
1:20 pm - 2:50 pm Breakout Session 3 - same sessions as above  
2:50 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   
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitor Tear-Down  
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm Free Time  

6:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Cocktail Reception  

7:15 pm - TBD

Gatorade Annual Awards Banquet  

Saturday, June 2

7:30 am - 8:25 am

Breakfast & Registration  

8:25 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 9:45 am Keynote Speaker: Chad Starkey, PhD, AT, FNATA - Parellel Paths  
9:45 am - 9:55 am  Break to change rooms  
9:55 am - 11:25 am Lecture 2:  John Boulay, CAT(C), EMT, DO(Q)On-Field Spinal Care: Assessment and Management Updates  
BO8:  James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.Rehabbing the Thrower: A Whole Different Ballgame  
BO9: Alicia Crelinsten, MSc., CAT(C), ATC, CSCS - ATs and High Performance  
BO10: Jennifer Schrafft ACC, BA - The Elusive Balance: Your Career and Life as an AT  

11:25 am - 11:35 pm

Break to change rooms   

11:35 am - 1:35 pm

Research Presentations and Awards Luncheon  
1:35 pm - 1:45 pm Break to change rooms      
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Lecture 3: Mark Gibson, MSEd, MS, AT, PT - So You Want To Go International  
BO8:  James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.Rehabbing the Thrower: A Whole Different Ballgame
BO9: Alicia Crelinsten, MSc., CAT(C), ATC, CSCS - ATs and High Performance  
BO10: Jennifer Schrafft ACC, BA - The Elusive Balance: Your Career and Life as an AT  
3:15 pm - 3:25 pm Break to change rooms   
3:25 pm - 4:10 pm Lecture 4: TBA  

4:10 pm - 4:20 pm

4:20 pm - 5:05 pm Lecture 5: TBA  

5:05 pm - 5:10 pm

Closing Remarks


CATA reserves the right to change the program at any time



Keynote: Chad Starkey, PhD, AT, FNATA - Parallel Paths

Athletic Therapy in Canada and Athletic Trainers in the United States have faced many of the same opportunities and challenges while working towards the common goal of excellence in healthcare. Separated by 15 years in age, both professions are relatively young in the landscape of healthcare in their respective countries. This presentation will discuss how the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association have learned and benefitted from each other and use this synergy in advancing athletic healthcare in North America and worldwide.



Pre-Conference: Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C) – Demystifying the Hip – A Manual Approach

With close consideration of bio-mechanics and functional anatomy, this course serves to explore 3 common conditions of the hip; Arthritis, Impingement and Bursitis, as well as some ancillary conditions. We shall apply a number of proven manual techniques to make that quantum difference to your athlete’s status. You can expect to learn fascial techniques (direct and indirect), specific mobilizations, articular pumping and osteopathic-type interventions. 

There will be an emphasis, in all instances, of exploring and perfecting the manual techniques. There will be ample time for exchanges, discussion, feedback and the opportunity to discern the benefits of all intervention strategies. Expect an entertaining and educational experience with a focus on understanding the interrelated fundamentals of body structure and function, and some novel hands-on techniques to make significant changes. The focus in this course on thoroughness and measured pacing will ensure you will be comfortable to implement all techniques on completion. 



Lecture 1: Lauren Sergio & Lauriann Hynes – Integrated Approaches to Assessing Function and Recovery Following Concussion

Currently, there is a lack of consistent, comprehensive, and evidence-based evaluation metrics to assess safe return to play/activity/work after concussion injury. Typically, physiological measurements are conducted in isolation from one another and in environments (such as at rest) which do not represent the intensity required for sport and daily activities. Consequently, behavioural and physiological deficiencies may still exist in game-like environments, which typically require cognitive motor integration as well as varying physical intensities. By not assessing our athletes under the same conditions required during their sport, do we run the risk of leaving them vulnerable to re-injury? In this talk we will review our research which demonstrates that following concussion injury, a) cognitive motor integration is impaired in elite/non-elite athletes, and b) cervical blood flow is altered. We will discuss how these approaches may have more utility in tracking recovery from head injury in athletes in comparison to current metrics. 



Lecture 2: John Boulay, CAT(C), EMT, DO(Q) – On-Field Spinal Care: Assessment and Management Updates

There has been a gradual shift in the way suspected spinal injured athletes are managed. Many pre-hospital skill sets in the past have been based on preferences, available research and “what worked” in the field. Recent advantages in equipment, technology and evidence-based research have questioned many long-standing practices and beliefs. Spinal immobilization is gradually being replaced with principles of “spinal motion restriction” as we now realize the former is hard to accomplish pre-hospital. Huge research grants have been spent studying pre-hospital “C-spine rules”. The biggest challenge is not learning the skills, but the realities of geographic variations, medico-legal issues, health policies, resistance to change, risk tolerance, as well as historical and cultural perspectives. These evidence-based changes are long overdue and have been gradually implemented nation-wide. As athletic therapists, our goal is to provide the best appropriate care possible reflecting the available current research findings. We need to be part of the on-field triage process to properly assess and manage suspected spinal injuries. Far too many athletes are transported “just to be safe” when we have the skill sets to rule-out as per current literature findings. We need to adapt our skill sets and embrace change for the sake of athlete health and safety in the reality of the new pre-hospital milieu.



Lecture 3: Mark Gibson, MSEd, MS, AT, PT - So You Want To Go International

International athletic training/therapy has become of interest to many athletic trainers in the United States and Canada. The level of cultural competency needed, how to develop an international activity plan, and the opportunities that exist for athletic trainers/therapists internationally, are not well known. Athletic Therapists with this interest often do not know what options for international activity are available to the profession or how to take advantage of those opportunities. This presentation will address the various opportunities, what the potential work environments are, and what the benefits of travel, study, and work overseas exist for athletic trainers. Additionally, the presentation will inform the attendee of the work that is being done on behalf of the profession by the NATA International Committee.



BO1: Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C) & Ira Snytte, CAT(C), D.O(Q) – “Breath of Life”: A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete's Respiratory System

Respiratory ease is key to an Athlete’s performance. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary issues can greatly affect respiration, so one must consider the musculoskeletal and visceral components of these systems so that athletes will be at the height of their performance.

We shall review the Respiratory System and its importance for athletic endeavour. We teach two strategies, one fascial and one visceral (lungs). Attendees will be challenged with very different approaches, which when used in combination, will boost their athlete's respiratory status and at the same time provide tools to address secondary, cervical and shoulder problems.

This unique breakout session is a must for any therapist working with athletes in cardiovascular sports and with musculo-skeletal problems in general.

Because our manual skills as therapists are so powerful, this breakout session blends our role of athlete “rehabilitation” with "prevention and maintenance". This has monumental implications for our ongoing athlete care and should nurture a greater appreciation from athletes and their support system. By incorporating these techniques, the therapist will elevate skills beyond what's traditionally associated with us as Athletic Therapists, and make the quantum difference for athlete's well-being and performance.



BO2: Chellaine Shockness Haye, MBA, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS - PREPARATION: Expanding Your Personal Practice for the Future

By 2020, 82% of all internet content will be video (Cisco, White Paper, 2015-2020).

We live in a content-driven society. We read online articles for information, watch YouTube videos for how-to instruction, and use hand-held devices to engage with the world. We look to our fingertips to find answers, and implement our own solutions without going to see professionals

This lecture investigates the current trends in content creation and content sharing that began in 2015, discusses the impact this shift towards multimedia has on manual practitioners and athletic therapy, and identifies how to leverage this knowledge in response to these changes shaping our future.

Tommy Lasorda famously said, "[t]here are three kinds of people in this world: those who make it happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened". Being prepared is in the DNA of the Athletic Therapist, and so I ask you, are you ready for 2020?



BO3: Beth Albert Halford, PT, DPT, BKin, FCAMPT; Pelvic Health and Orthopedic Physiotherapist – The Female Post-Partum Athlete

“The Female Post-Partum Athlete” workshop will teach therapists about the biomechanical changes that occur in this unique group of athletes as well as special considerations for assessing, diagnosing and treating these women. At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the anatomy of the pelvis and core musculature, as well as biomechanical, postural and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and post-partum that affect treatment and recovery. Additionally, participants will learn about diagnoses specific to this group, as well as methods for developing treatment protocols designed to get these women safely back to a high level of sport.



BO4: James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin. – Assessment of the Throwing Shoulder: Crucial Tests and Relevant Global Evaluation for Chronic and Acute Ailments

An in-depth look at the throwing shoulder, this session will encompass: anatomical review, analysis of the throwing phases, training load considerations, biomechanical advantages and stressors, chronic adaptation and acute injury, local orthopaedic tests and globally relevant evaluation tools. This breakout session entails active participation by the audience with a strong emphasis on interaction and engagement throughout.



BO5: Susan Thorvaldson, BA (Kin), CAT(C) & George Matos, CAT(C), CSEP-CPT, RCRT, BA Kin, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist - From Sidelines to the Frontline – The Athletic Therapist in the Workplace

The athletic therapist in today’s ever-evolving work environment has to be more open to change than ever. Along with our primary roles in the clinic, sports field or performing arts theatre, there are new opportunities and challenges to work within a different team: health & safety.

With the recent focus to prevent workplace injuries, organizations are investing in the unique skill set possessed by athletic therapists. We are highly trained in injury prevention, task analysis, body mechanics and physical conditioning to prevent re-injury. Through the application of our expertise in these skills, we can have a great impact in the rapidly changing workplace setting while carving out new opportunities for ourselves. 

Learn about injury prevention and reduction strategies in the workplace, as well as our impact during return to work programs and other wellness initiatives in workplace settings. Look outside the traditional athletic therapy scope to increase your career opportunities! 



BO6: Dave Wright, CAT(C) – Strategic Muscle Patterns

Muscle imbalances are just one of the many factors attributed with injury mechanics, prevention and recovery. This Strategic Muscle Patterns breakout session will be a dynamic, active and participation based lab session to provide participants further skills accompanied with the associated foundation to identify and organize muscle patterns with corrective exercise to enhance intrinsic and global stability. Practical demonstrations of controlled and functional applications for the scapulo-thoracic region, spine, pelvis and hip using a ‘strategic strengthening’ process with specific cues to provide basic corrective patterns to effective mobility to advanced exercise progressions will be reviewed. A concept of ‘treating tightness with tightness’ will be incorporated and discussed for muscles on length requiring not flexibility, but rather tension and a shortened lever to increase contraction ability in minimizing risk of muscle injury including isolated and integrated examples.



BO8: James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin. – Rehabbing the Thrower: A Whole Different Ballgame

A follow-up to Friday’s Assessment breakout, this session will provide clinical specifics of treating the throwing athlete: chronic care, acute care and tips to maintaining a healthy thrower. This session will encompass: clinical pearls for treating and caring for the thrower both locally (to the shoulder) and globally, take home strategies for practitioners, guidelines for successful rehab sessions and specific techniques used by practitioners in professional baseball. Active participation will be essential in this session with hands-on training in therapeutic techniques. Practitioners will walk away with applicable skills and treatment considerations when working with the throwing athlete’s shoulder.



BO9: Alicia Crelinsten, MSc., CAT(C), ATC, CSCS - ATs and High Performance

The HPPC (High Performance Providers Committee) is hosting a session: What ATs need to know about High Performance.

How to get involved, what to consider before traveling, what needs to be done while away with a team, and what to follow-up with after the trip.

The workshop is geared towards athletic therapists that currently travel with teams, and those who are interested in starting to travel. We would like to foster a high performance culture within our profession, and we would like to support our therapists for International travel and high level competitions.

High performance, Major Games, and team travel will all be discussed in an interactive forum, providing the attendees the opportunity to ask questions and learn what is needed to work in this type of environment.



BO10: Jen Schrafft, ACC, BA – The Elusive Balance: Your Career and Life as an AT

As an AT, your career requires you to give, fix and help others. It is rewarding, challenging and exciting. It is also draining, physically and emotionally taxing, and can lead to burnout.
In this session, we will cover:

  • 5 Signs that burnout is looming and what to do about them
  • How being Everything to Everyone is jeopardizing your happiness
  • Why “Pushing through” your exhaustion is addictive, and the most damaging mindset for an AT
  • How getting clear about your Values frees you from obligation

You will leave with:

  • Clarity about your work environment: is it helping or hindering your happiness
  • An Action plan to recognize negative habits and create new ones that work to your advantage