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SportMedBC is inviting sport medicine professionals and fellow provincial sport sector partners to our upcoming Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 29 at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, BC. We have an exciting evening planned including the unveiling of SportMedBC’s four-year strategic plan. We will also be introducing two new honorary members. The night will conclude with a special guest interview of a Canadian Olympic athlete. Honorary Members are those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the association over a number of years, and who have been...
Over 5,000 cyclists took part in the 10th edition of the RBC GranFondo Whistler on Saturday September 7, 2019. Riders were treated to ideal riding temperatures and mostly sunny skies as they took on the 122km course from Vancouver to Whistler along the iconic Sea to Sky highway. Known for its steep climbs, lightning-quick descents, and incredible views this world class cycling event presents a grueling challenge for both the world’s top cyclists and weekend warriors alike. However, there was a little extra on the line this year with the race serving as an official UCI Gran Fondo World...
Tiredness is a common issue for dedicated athletes. Acute fatigue associated with training is normal and expected to settle with appropriate recovery. When training and recovery are in balance for the athlete, optimal performance is the result. With excess physical or emotional stress and lack of adequate recovery, fatigue can accumulate. The most common medical causes of tiredness are iron deficiency, viral infections, asthma-like conditions, medication, mood disturbance and endocrine conditions such as PCOS or RED-S. The determination of appropriate evaluation for these conditions is based...
For the first time, SportMedBC’s Sport Safety & Event Services team managed the on-site event medical coverage at this year’s RBC GranFondo. With help from event organizers our team coordinated over 25 medical staff and volunteers helping to ensure riders were well cared for during their journey. Four medical stations were located throughout the course along with a team of mobile first responders on motorcycles. “Keeping everyone safe on such a long and spread out course is no easy feat,” said SportMedBC Sport Safety & Events Services Manager Philippe Saucier...
With our Fall LearnToRun10K program only one month away we know many of you have questions about what to expect. Our RunWalk Coach and former Olympian Lynn Kanuka shares her tips for success and how the InTraining Program can help you reach your fitness goals! Can I do it? Am I too old, short, tall, heavy, skinny? YES, you can do it! Last year the Vancouver Sun Run had over 43,000 participants, which makes it a true testimony to the fact that almost anyone, regardless of their shape, size or age, can learn to walk or run a 10K comfortably and safely. 1. Be patient The temptation is always to...
The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, is launching the nomination process for the 2019 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. These awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Indigenous athletes who excel in performance sport and who are using their experiences in sport to shape their future. Nominations are open to Indigenous athletes (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport;...
In my practice, I’m often asked the same question over and over again. “Laszlo, I’m very active. I always have aches and pains. How do I know when I need to see someone about my symptoms?” Good question. “When?” indeed. Let’s break it down by addressing some basic principles. First, let’s identify two of the most common types of muscle soreness that typically do not need medical attention: Acute muscle soreness (immediate muscle soreness): Acute muscle soreness is felt during or immediately after exercise. Symptoms are typically described as a...
SportMedBC’s RunWalk Coach Lynn Kanuka and Aboriginal RunWalk Manager Susan Meier had the privilege of participating in and supporting the inaugural Tears to Hope Relay Run on June 21-22, 2019 to honour and memorialize all Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls. The first annual Tears to Hope Relay was the first step for the Tears to Hope Society to shine an even brighter light on the MMIWG. Their vision is to provide a healthy and safe community for Aboriginal women and girls, through inclusive activities that encourage health and wellness of the body and mind because...
Volunteer with us for RBC GranFondo Whistler on September 7th, 2019. The GranFondo is North America's largest GranFondo and Canada's largest cycling event. It is a world class ride from Vancouver to Whistler along the Sea to Sky Highway. The course is 122km and leads to an exciting finish line and celebration plaza in Whistler. Volunteers are the backbone of our event. We need over 600 volunteers to make this event run, and we would love to have you on our team! There are many exciting positions from the start line in Stanley Park to the finish line in Whistler and everywhere in...
On June 21, 2019, SportMedBC and ISPARC staff celebrated National Indigenous People’s Day with the Canim Lake Band. Thank you to the Canim Lake Band community, who welcomed us to their traditional territory, and to our ARW and FitNation leader, Tish Diamond, for inviting us. With plenty of festivities, including a 2km and 5km run, an Amazing Race competition, a bannock baking contest, a Lahal game, a Rethink Your Drink station supplied by ISPARC, drumming and dancing, the day was a huge success! It was a wonderful way to celebrate Indigenous people and communities. We look forward to...

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