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SportMedBC is partnering with Walk BC to provide free Regional Training Workshops on " Learning to take the Lead " for Walk Leaders and Programmers in communities across BC. 12 communities have participated in the training for 2008/09. From Burnaby to Salmon Arm, Victoria to Castlegar and beyond, program presenters have been sharing their expertise and knowledge with those eager to learn. Lindsay Richardson, Walk BC Coordinator says "Walk BC is a joint initiative between the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon and the BC Recreation & Parks Association. We encourage individual...
In order for teams to perform optimally, it is important to focus on optimal and consistent pre and post game nutrition. In the United Kingdom, most professional football (soccer) teams have a Team Dietitian that is able to monitor fuel intake and logistics both at home and on the road. Unfortunately, in Canada this is not yet the standard. SportMedBC Dietitian Dana Lis is working closely with the Whitecaps Medical Support Team and coaches to provide this knowledge, and work to get systems in place so that the players are training, playing and recovering optimally. It is important for players...
Martin Havlat, leading scorer for Chicago Hawks sustained a major concussion in Game 3 of the Playoff’s against Detroit Red Wings. After being knocked cold for more than a minute, and then helped off the ice by a teammate and doctor, he returned for Game 4 only 2 days later – experts are saying not long enough to recover from such a trauma. "It's the NHL, it's the playoffs, so guys are willing to do a little bit more…but it sure seemed that two days later was sort of pushing things" says concussion specialist Michael Czarnota, the neuropsychology consultant for the Canadian Hockey League. A...
Developed 30 years ago in Japan, Kinesio Tape is gaining popularity since being seen on Olympic athletes in the recent Beijing Games. Available in a variety of colours, Kinesio Tape is used in nearly every medical discipline to treat patients – especially Physiotherapists, Athletics Therapists, Chiropractors, and Physicians. The tape helps to treat athletes and optimize the biomechanics of a muscle or joint. Depending on the technique used, Kinesio Tape can facilitate or inhibit muscles, and since it is waterproof, it can be left on for 3-5 days, even if the athlete is training in the pool...
Canadian organizations are rallying provincial governments to follow through on the Adult Fitness Tax Credit that has been suggested for some time now. Albertans were disappointed that the item was not included in the recent budget release in April, and BC is still pondering the suggestion. Well recognized and respected organizations are pledging their support for this initiative – Heart and Stroke Foundation, Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC), ParticipACTION, Canadian Diabetes Association, and others. On the Adult Fitness Tax Credit Website , members of the public are encouraged to...
Therapists and athletes are raving about a new product – PowerTape, developed by Andover Coated Products Inc. Used in conjunction with PowerFlex, this tape is stronger than the traditional cloth tape that trainers use, and it does not lose effectiveness when worn for extended periods or when exposed to moisture. The first layer of PowerFlex tape is applied similar to how an underwrap would be used – continuous wraps of the tape onto the skin. This is followed by strips of PowerTape, which bonds to the first layer, creating a strong, stable and comfortable taping system. Gavin Leung,...
SportMedBC and the Healthy Heart Society have been traveling all over the province to provide Hearts-in-Training – a heart health testing and education program, to a number of First Nations communities. With funding provided by the First Nations Health Council and the Honour Your Health Challenge (HYHC) Program, participants in the 2009 HYHC Sun Run InTraining Program had the option to participate in the Hearts-in-Training assessment. From Vancouver and Victoria to Chilliwack, Penticton, Kamloops, Lillooet, Moricetown, Hazelton, Prince George, Campbell River and Courtenay, participants have...
To maintain optimal performance, it is important for athletes to avoid dehydration by monitoring sweat and fluid loss during competition. Fluid losses of over 1-2% of body weight result in increased cardiovascular strain by: Reducing blood volume Reducing stroke volume Reducing muscle blood flow Affecting muscle metabolism, neurological function And increasing muscle glycogen use In Soccer games there is a limited opportunity to drink – only during the few breaks in play and at half time. Therefore, as an athlete it is important to know your specific hydration needs and minimize your fluid...
With no regulations on labeling or ingredients of nutritional supplements, how do athletes know what they are taking? This problem is highlighted by the case of Canadian bobsleigh pilot Serge Despres, a 2006 Olympian and Canadian champion. A doping test in 2007 placed him 0.9 nanograms per millilitre above the accepted limit for nandrolone, a naturally occurring substance in he body. This positive result was, most agree, the result of taking a nutritional supplement to help recover from a hip injury. The positive result still stands, however, and Despres has been banned from competing for 24...
Many people don't do a lot of stretching after finishing the Sun Run. For those people, the best advice would be to squeeze in a Yoga session on your way home after the run. Yoga and Running go hand in hand. If you want to download a 20 minute Yoga mp3 session go to www.yogadownload.com Scroll down the categories section to "Yoga for Athletes" click on it and a session titled "Yoga for Runners" will appear. If that's not your cup of tea, they also offer a FREE 20 minute trial class on-line. Something to consider when you are at home and too sore to move the next day. Tilman von der Linde ,...

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