May 12 – Kick off Keynote: Being a Mental Health and Mental Performance Ally in Sport: The role of the Athletic Therapist
The objectives of this webinar are to (a) enhance participants’ fundamental knowledge of mental health, mental illness, and mental performance as it applies to the sport context and athletic populations; (b) increase comfort in asking the right questions and provide strategies to respond to mental health needs as an Athletic Therapist; and (c) provide tools to optimize self-care and maintain positive mental health as an Athletic Therapist.
June 2 – Awards Night and Social
Introducing CATA’s first ever Virtual Awards Night and Social: June 2 at 7pm! Join your friends and colleagues (with your favourite beverage or cocktail) for an evening of celebration and conversation. Starting in Zoom breakout rooms, chat and catch up with other CATA members. Then at 7:20 pm, join us at the Youtube link to watch the award ceremony from home and see CATA members recognized for their hard work and achievements. After the ceremony, continue the conversation in your groups. We look forward to celebrating with everyone!
June 9 – Business Skills Roundtable
We are pleased to offer members a business roundtable session that will include a panel of some of our most experienced and knowledgeable CATA business owners and managers. This panel will provide their insight and experience on a variety of topics related to running a successful Athletic Therapy Business. Attendees will also have an opportunity to have their questions addressed by our panel of experts. At the end of this session those in attendance should be able to walk away with valuable insight that they can apply to their own business practices.
September 8 – Fall Keynote - Brett Bartholomew - Creating the Optimal Coaching Environment: Addressing Athlete Learning Styles, Skill-Acquisition & Transfer
Should male and female athletes be coached the same way? Are “learning styles” a farce? What are some key neural and social related differences as to why adolescent athletes may perceive you as a coach, or your instructional practices in an unfavorable manner?
A growing number of coaches want to develop athletes who can make decisions and adapt to changing situations in their respective competitive arena. Discovering the answers to these questions are the bedrock in helping them do so. "Conscious Coaches" understand that learning is less the reception of acts and facts, and more a social practice that implies the involvement of the whole person in relation to both their sport and social identity. Every athlete should not be coached in the same manner, and above all else our teaching practices must be adaptable. If the desire is to maximize learning and performance outcomes, a coach must have a firm understanding of how one learns, how one teaches, what is being taught and the context in which it is being taught.
This talk explores many of the taken-for-granted practices in coaching and highlights how they can be improved.
October 13 – Writing & Research Presentations
November 17 – Meryl Wheeler - The Specialist Approach to Acute Knee Injuries
Acute knee injuries are common in a variety of athletic & non-athletic activities. Over the past 13 years the Acute Knee Injury Clinic in Calgary has seen over 21,000 new patients. These acute knee injuries are commonly initially seen in emergency departments, walk-in clinics, rehabilitation clinics, and by a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, physical therapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, and kinesiologists.
Unfortunately, the severity of many of these knee injuries are often missed leading to ineffective treatment, management, and a high risk of re-injury and further damage. The key to a correct and timely diagnosis of an acute knee injury is an accurate and concise yet thorough assessment of the patient.
This course will provide the clinician with a practical focused approach to assessing patients presenting with acute knee injuries, including an overview of key characteristics of common acute knee injuries, specific history and mechanism of injury cues, implications of patient anatomy on the injury, and the relevant appropriate physical exam tests to confirm the injury.
At the end of this course you will:
- Understand the difference between the specialist approach and the generalist approach and when to use each.
- Be able to identify & understand key history cues relating to a variety of common acute knee injuries.
- Use your history to focus and inform your physical exam.
- Be introduced to the specialist’s physical exam process.
- Learn the most reliable tests to identify injured structures.
- Recognize red flags and exceptions.
December 15 – Closing Speaker - TBD