2019 CATA National Conference Program
Lecture-style workshop Interactive workshop Hands on workshop (please dress in athletic attire)
Thursday, May 30
*Due to unforeseen circumstances at the February 2019 AMM meeting, we are holding a Special Meeting of Members at the CATA conference.
Friday, May 31
Saturday, June 1
CATA reserves the right to change the program at any time
*We are looking at expanding capacity of this session. To be wait listed, contact national office. We cannot guaranteed the selection.
Keynote Speaker: Jesse Lumsden
A unique and in-depth look at the tools, lessons and principals used in the preparation of pursuing (or achieving) an Olympic-sized dream.
#1 Pre-Conference Workshop (pre-registration, additional cost):A Manual Therapy Approach to Complex Issues of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis - Joseph Rotella MSc, DO(MP), CAT(C)
The focus of this practical and theoretical course will be on the lumbar spine and pelvic region. A focus on altered biomechanics at the musculoskeletal level and what structures could be contributing to these faulty mechanics will be discussed. The course will identify how we might test for altered mechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis and an attempt to interpret these findings A particular emphasis will be placed on the complicated patients who suffer from low back pain and who might not respond to conventional therapies. We will touch upon a myriad of treatment techniques and offer some direction on when and how we might utilize these various techniques. A very strong emphasis will be placed on the anatomy of the lumbar spine and pelvis. Treatment techniques will include, visceral manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilization as well as non-traditional therapeutic exercises.
#2 Pre-Conference Workshop (pre-registration, additional cost): Productivity and Purpose in the Athletic Therapy Profession - Jennifer Schrafft CPC, BA
If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?
After countless years of school, specialized training and certifications, you achieve your Athletic Therapist designation, among others. You get a position…maybe even 2 or 3… and find yourself running from place to place constantly.
We all want to be more productive, get more done and achieve our professional goals. In this 24/7 world, expectations are never ending and our brains, souls and bodies can’t keep up.
Yes, being productive means being highly organized and on your game professionally. But before you work harder, take a look at your goals. Have you got professional goals? How are you going about achieving them? How do you work, and why do you do what you do?
1) Get reacquainted with why you do what you do. What are your professional goals – do you have any? How have they changed since you started in this field?
2) What kind of change do you need in order to accomplish these goals: Pivot or Leap
3) How will you change and what structure do you need to be in place to make that change? What habits work for you and what need to be thrown out?
On-Site Coaching: Jen will be providing 1:1 coaching at Conference this year for those who would like to pre-book with her.
Lecture 1: A High Performing Life - Scott Livingston AT
This presentation will empower you to live your best life. Using the life stories of some of the best athletes in the world, and some of the best performance practitioners in the world, as well as his own personal experiences, Scott will challenge you to reflect. He will inspire you to live a more fulfilling life, and in turn live a high performing life!
Lecture 2: A Novel Approach to Multi-Disciplinary Care in a Sport Medicine Clinic - Marcus Robinson BEng, MEng, MD, CCFP
Although there are many multidisciplinary sport medicine facilities, few of them take a truly collaborative approach to patient care. Instead, they tend to operate in silos under the same roof. Furthermore, the different clinical specialties typically overlap in terms of diagnostic knowledge and therapeutic treatment principles. The purpose of this presentation is to outline programs that utilize athletic therapists, physiotherapists, sport medicine physicians, biomechanists, orthotists, massage therapists, and chiropractors in clearly defined ways in the clinical setting. The presentation will also describe the Ready-Set-Go philosophy of the injury continuum and the role that each clinician plays at each stage of recovery.
Lecture 3: Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps: Separating Fact from Fiction - Kevin Miller PhD, AT, ATC
Exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are the most common heat-related injury experienced by athletes. Some scientists estimate 95% of all physically-active individuals have experienced EAMC at some point in their lives. Despite their prevalence, the cause of EAMC remains unknown. This has led to the development of several myths regarding EAMC treatment and prevention. By examining the most recent scientific evidence, I will disprove many common EAMC myths including: (1) dehydration and electrolyte losses cause EAMC; (2) drinking sports drinks can replace all the electrolytes athletes lose during exercise; (3) eating mustard, pickle juice, or bananas can replace electrolyte losses effectively; (4) EAMC are entirely physiological; and (5) all athletes are susceptible to EAMC. After this presentation, Athletic Therapists will be able to make their treatment and prevention strategies for EAMC more evidence based.
Lecture 4: Myofascial Interventions: An Evidence-Based Update - Scott W. Cheatham Ph.D., DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Treatment of the myofascial system has become a foundational intervention strategy for individuals with various musculoskeletal conditions. The popularity and research on these interventions has grown the past 10 years. This discussion will provide an evidence-based update for popular myofascial interventions such as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, roller massage, band flossing, cupping, and more. New research and clinical guidelines for specific interventions will also be presented. This discussion is for the professional who desires an evidence-based update of popular myofascial interventions.
Lecture 5: Wearable Technology in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation - Reed Ferber PhD, ATC
Wearable sensors can play an important role in healthcare by monitoring an individual and potentially enabling early detection of illness, injury, and disease, leading to early intervention, treatment and improved patient outcomes. The purpose of this talk is to provide an overview of wearable-sensor research and how a practitioner can take advantage of wearable sensors to help improve their daily practice by making evidence-informed decisions. We will also discuss the future of wearable technology and how healthcare and health research will be transformed in the very near future.
B01: Anti-Doping Basics for Athlete Support Personnel - Mélanie Lavigne
Mélanie Lavigne, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) Athlete Services Officer, delivers an overview to the role of the athletic therapist in anti-doping in Canada. Following an introduction to anti-doping in Canada and around the world, Mélanie will dive deeper into the important role an athletic therapist can play in supporting clean sport. The interactive session will include topics such as medical exemptions, supplements, cannabis in sport and sample collection procedures. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk through a mock sample collection procedure to learn the ins and outs of the process.
BO2: Effortless and Painless Treatment of the Iliotibial Band - Jane Stark MS, RKin, CAT(C)
With the iliotibial tract and femoral fascia serving as examples, this session provides participants with the hands-on opportunity to access the fluid component of the loose connective tissue. By ignoring the fibrous components of the dense connective tissue and focusing on the loose connective, therapists will notice how effortless it is to release excessive facial tension. Furthermore, following the painless application of the treatment, patients will notice how their legs begin to feel lighter and softer.
BO3: How to Improve Healing Through Nutrition - Daryl Stubbs CAT(C), RMT, C.H.N.C.
Nutrition plays an important role in a client’s health and performance. Certain nutrients are utilized daily to assist in muscle growth, as well as recovery and repair. But what happens when a client can no longer work or train due to an injury? Is there something that can help them heal faster and get back to work or sport sooner? Diet plays a vital role during the post-injury and rehabilitation process. The right diet, in concert with proper therapy and an appropriate retraining program, can get them back stronger and faster!
The right nutrients at the right time significantly impacts recovery from injury and aids in the repair of new tissue. Additionally, getting your diet right can positively impact body composition. Therefore, considering nutrition as part of recovery from injury can get our clients back sooner.
BO4: Mulligan Mobilization with Movement: The Treatment Tool You Have Been Missing - Smokey Fermin DAT, LAT, ATC & Rodrigo Martinez DAT, LAT, ATC
Manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilizations are used by clinicians to mitigate pain, increase range of motion (ROM), and restore function. Traditional joint mobilizations involve passive movements of the articulating surfaces in an open packed position. Despite their use in clinics around the world, traditional techniques may take weeks to correct limitations verses other manual therapy techniques which may instantly decrease pain and increase ROM. The Mulligan Concept mobilizations with movement (MWM) combines mobilizations, voluntary joint movements and clinician overpressure. These MWMs have been identified in the literature to restore normal function immediately and have long lasting effects. Knowledge of treatment planes, symmetries in the musculoskeletal system, and the practice of evidence-based treatment paradigms such as MWMs may be able to effectively improve clinical practice and patient care outcomes.
BO5: Neuromuscular Performance in Rehabilitation - Katelyn Mitchell PhD (c), MScPT, CAT(C) & Johanna Hurtubise CAT(C), PhD
Neuromuscular control requires the complex integration of sensory systems in order to execute motor actions to maintain postural control, balance, and coordination. In sport, goal-directed movements are essential for maintaining dynamic balance during movement, minimizing errors, and maximizing efficiency for performance. Athletes also require greater cognitive functioning, such as decision-making and reaction time, in order to perform complex skills in constantly changing environments. It is well established that athletes with a dysfunction of the neuromuscular system may be at a greater risk for re-injury upon return to sport. This workshop will review the neuroanatomical mechanisms and relationships between the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems. Integrated assessment and rehabilitation progressions will be discussed and practised, along with a discussion of techniques such as virtual reality, visuomotor tasks, and considerations for development of youth and adolescents, compared to adult athletes, and how this affects objective assessment techniques. These principles will be applied to the management of a broad spectrum of injuries orthopaedic, sport-related concussion, and vestibular conditions.
BO6: 4 Keys to Building a Highly Successful Practice - Uchechi Erurike-Bosse BComm
Learn how to find the right clients and customers and make more money in your athletic therapy business. You’ll receive tools and strategies to build your business, attract more clients, understand your business financials, and different ways to add more sales into your practice. In addition, social media, email marketing and PR strategies will be shared to help keep your practice busy!
This breakout session will be broken down into:
- Success Mindset
- Business & Customer Clarity
- Know your Number (Business Financials)
Understand what is needed to grow a successful practice, and be more strategic in your planning, marketing and business development efforts.
BO8: Foam Rolling, Flexibility, and Fascia: Myths and Misconception - Dennis Valdez PhD, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS
The use of fascial “manipulation” tools (foam rollers, massage balls) by the general public outside of traditional rehabilitation clinics has increased significantly due to their user-friendliness, portability, diversity, and versatility. The diversity of fascia-based manual techniques used by therapists has also increased. Many of these tools and techniques have contributed to positive patient outcomes, but there are still many people with chronic symptoms and dysfunction who still find no relief. Patients and therapists claim that these tools and techniques manipulate (“release”) the fascia thereby, minimizing symptoms and correcting dysfunctions, however, the mechanisms remain unclear. This interactive session will provide a better understanding of 1) the role of fascia and 2) the effect of certain treatment strategies on fascia, and also present other ways of addressing chronic symptoms and dysfunction.
BO9: The Importance of Working from a Neutral Base ("Core"): Maximizing Movement Potential and Central Load in Rehab and Training Sessions - James Gardiner CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.
Utilizing our torso to get the most out of a rehab or training session is crucial in optimizing movement proficiency. This applies in daily activities and athletics.
This session will aim to take participants through beneficial training positions and movements to maximize motor control and quality neural feedback. The hands-on sessions will include:
- Integration of diaphragmatic breathing- what to look for and what this can tell a practitioner
- Upper extremity loading for optimal neutral alignment
- Training UE motion
- Training with short foot while maximizing ground engagement
- Ipsilateral and oppositional limb training loads and options
This breakout session will engage participants actively and will re-enforce foundational understanding and logical progressions of movements for rehab settings and training sessions.
BO10: Keeping Them in the Game: An Evidence-Based Injury Prevention Warm-Up for Your Athletes - Carla Vandenberg MSc, CSEP-CEP & Kati Pasanen PT, PhD
From elite to youth recreational athletes, research in numerous sports has demonstrated that warm-up programs with neuromuscular training (NMT) exercises are effective at reducing lower extremity injury risk by over 35% compared to traditional warm-ups. NMT prepares the athlete for sport participation through optimal muscle activation patterns to increase dynamic joint stability and improve movement quality. With training maintenance, this can be translated into optimal movement patterns, decreasing injury risk and improving movement technique and fitness.
Learn how you can play a role in prevention using an evidence-based NMT warm-up. This program requires little or no equipment and is feasible to implement in a variety of sport settings. This session will provide delegates the opportunity to participate in the warm-up exercises, practicing technique and delivery. We will also provide resources to facilitate the implementation of this program with your athletes and discuss how it can be adapted to any sport.
Abstracts from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association: May 30–June 1, 2019, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Published in the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.