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The NY Times Play Magazine recently featured an article on stretching written by Gretchen Reynolds that reveals what the latest research has determined on the subject. Suprisingly, what many of us learned as "the proper way" to do warm-up stretching is potentially damaging to your muscles. "Researchers now believe that some of the more entrenched elements of many athletes' warm-up regimens are not only a waste of time but actually bad for you. The old presumption that holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds - known as static stretching - primes muscles for a workout is dead wrong. It actually...
It was great to see the recent article in the Vancouver Sun by Gary Kingston on Alpine Canada’s “other” national team – the therapists, physicians, strength and conditioning specialists, psychologists and technicians who day in and day out are available to national team athletes keeping them healthy and physically ready for training and competition. Alpine Canada has one of the most sophisticated Integrated Support Teams (ISTs) in the country with over twenty dedicated practitioners. Support for high performance athletes requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, depending on the sport,...
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis is taking a comprehensive approach to ensuring that each and every one of the athletes on his payroll has access to the assistance required in order to be the best hockey players that they possibly can be. From providing daily nutrition support for specific athletes, to researching and improving the team's strategies on sleep and jet lag, Gillis is carefully assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each of the players and coordinating an individualized support plan that is being implemented by his team of dedicated sport medicine and science...
November 12, 2008 - The Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today that Kamloops physician Dr. Bruce Davidson has been selected as the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian team at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Dr. Davidson, who currently combines work in emergency medicine at the Royal Inland Hospital with sports medicine at the Sage Sports Institute, both in Kamloops BC, has been involved for in sports medicine for the past 18 years. In his role as CMO, he will be managing a multi-discipline health care team and overseeing the health care services that will be provided to the...
November 13, 2008 - The Canadian Olympic Committee announced yesterday that Burnaby Physiotherapist Marc Rizzardo was selected as Chief Therapist (CT) for the 2010 Olympic Games. Marc is the co-owner/operator of Metrotown Physiotherapy and is also a member of the SportMedBC Board of Directors. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and has been a long time soccer coach at the university, provincial and national levels. Marc was the Chief Therapist for the COC at the 2007 Pan American Games and more recently was a member of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Health & Science team...
I wonder if the crane will cease to be the official bird of Beijing now that the Games are over?? Time will tell how things go.... Closing ceremonies were pretty good, but not the best. There was one really neat part with a bunch of performers on wires above the infield with clouds above them.
Rod Mickleburgh in Wednesday's Globe and Mail details outgoing Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan's impressions on how China did hosting the Paralympics and what Vancouver should look to achieve when it's turn to host them arrives in 2010.
Things in the Village are a changing...deals are being made and they don't start with "hey lady". Everyone is starting to make their trades, and the Canada back packs and bags are a hot item.
So, it was an eventful night last night for Deanna (athletic therapist) and I. When we got to the Park Plaza Hotel they informed us that we needed our passport to check in.
Geoffrey York in Monday's Globe and Mail writes on how a pro league may arise from the interest in Wheelchair Rugby: and Canada's athletes are well positioned to excel. The sport, already celebrated in a popular documentary movie and cheered by crowds of thousands at international tournaments, is introducing new rule

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