Athletic Injuries, Prevention & Management

How would you like to quickly improve your athlete’s performance, reduce their risk of injury and optimize their health by emphasizing one simple, powerful concept? Although this may sound too good to be true, there really is an overlooked area of coaching that can provide all of these benefits. Posture is one of the most powerful words you can add to your coaching vocabulary. For over 15 years, I have focused my business on helping athletes and non-athletes alike improve all aspects of their physical being - through strength training, total conditioning, and posture management. How...Read more
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee is a thick ligament found along the inside of the knee. Connecting the femur and the tibia this ligament stabilizes and limits the sideways motion, or “opening” the inside, of the knee joint. The MCL is one of the most common knee injuries in competitive and recreational sports and can occur from impact in contact sports or from non-contact circumstances. MCL injuries can occur alone or in combination with injury to other ligaments of the knee. Mechanism of Injury: Any Valgus stress to the knee (Force applied to the outside of the...Read more
“Return to play refers to the point in recovery from an injury when a person is able to go back to playing sports or participate in an activity at a pre-injury level 1 .” An injury can be minor and not require you to stop competing or major and require a long rehabilitation training program. Often the major goal of a long training program is when to return to play. When you and your therapist are setting goals for your return to play it is important to make a plan, consider the speed at which you need to recover and what can be done to prevent the injury from coming back. When an...Read more
While it goes without saying that our mothers do know best, I must address that nagging voice in my head telling me, “wash your hands, do you want to get sick?” Upon reading the Vancouver Province newspaper this past weekend, I was pleasantly amused to spot an article titled, “It’s official: hotels can make you sick”. The article confirmed what I previously comprehended while working as the Medical Liaison for Team BC at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse this past February. How many of us work in office towers where the windows are sealed, or in...Read more
Over 200 dragonboat teams with about 5,000 paddlers annually participate in the dragonboat festival at Vancouver’s False Creek. The festival attracts a raft of corporate and charitable organization teams, motivated by team-building or fund raising opportunities. However, many paddlers and coaches are inexperienced which, combined with the popularity of dragonboat racing, inevitably means more injuries for paddlers. “The incidence for musculoskeletal problems has soared over the last five years,” says Dr. Don McKenzie, founder of the Abreast in a Boat team and a long-time...Read more
Hyponatremia has gained media attention in the last few years, but it is important for athletes to realize that dehydration is much more common and 'overhydration' is a risk mostly associated with ultra-endurance sports and not sports events lasting less than 2 hours such as hockey, basketball and soccer, or shorter hikes/runs. Hyponatremia, a low concentration of sodium in the blood, has become more prevalent in athletes as more people are participating in endurance sports lasting more than 3 hours such as marathons. Such prolonged activity and excessive sweat production increases...Read more
Growth plates and epiphyses are areas located at the ends of long bones, in which new bone is produced. Pre-adolescent and adolescent bones are not yet mature and trauma can lead to disruption of bone growth patterns by causing the growth plate to close prematurely. The growth plate may be injured with greater frequency than injuries to ligaments and bones due to the fact that the growth plate at this stage is the weakest link in the musculoskeletal system. Forces through muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone most commonly affect growth plates in the wrist, ankle, knee, and elbow joints...Read more
Winding occurs due to a temporary paralysis (spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. It is often caused by a direct blow to the abdomen and/or chest, a fall on the back, or a fall on the buttocks. Although it can be briefly traumatic, often leading the athlete to panic or hysteria, the condition is of no real significance. Signs and Symptoms Inability to breathe in. Pain just below the breastbone (sternum). On-Site Management ABC's. If the athlete fails to initiate breathing on her/his own, start artificial respiration. Relax the Athlete. Assist the athlete to a position of greatest comfort. Have...Read more
Some transient discomfort is often present during running and is considered part of successful training program. For muscle strength and endurance to build, the muscle must see some increase in stress over what it is used to experiencing. This mild discomfort can be considered a sign of progress: "No pain, no gain." However, this discomfort should be short-lived and dissipate within a reasonable timeframe after your workout is finished. If your symptoms persist your should seek guidance from a medical professional. Depending on the diagnosis, they may suggest you decrease your...Read more
Why is a Warm-Up Important? Just as it sounds, you are warming up the body and muscles in preparation for your RunWalk session. When your muscles are cold, they can feel stiff and hard to move – which may impede your muscles’ mobility, range of motion, and ability to withstand the impact of running. This can ultimately lead to decreased performance, muscular output, and may result in injury. Putting Together a Warm-Up Routine Each of your LearnToRun10K training sessions begins with a prescribed warm-up, ranging anywhere from 5 – 10 min of walking. In addition to this, we...Read more


viaSport Return to Sport

As of March 11, 2022:

  • Masks are no longer required.
    • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises.
    • Reminder to the sport community to be respectful of people's differing comfort levels and that as we transition into this period, people may still choose to wear their mask.

As of April 8, 2022, proof of vaccine will no longer be required.

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