SportMed Soccer 2010: SportMedBC’s Annual Conference Discusses Injury Prevention and Concussions

Join us on Saturday, September 25th for SportMed Soccer 2010: BEST PRACTICES – SportMedBC’s Annual Conference and Workshops.

Taking place at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver, BC, the SportMed Soccer Workshops are offered free to coaches, parents, managers and players of BC Soccer member clubs, districts and leagues. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register at or at 604-903-3880 (pre-registration is required if you’re joining us over the lunch hour).  

A panel of SportMed experts will offer their thoughts on ways to prevent injury in the beautiful game. In the afternoon, concussions will be the focus during a roundtable discussion.

SportMed Soccer is a new program which promotes sport safety and best practices in training for soccer, and provides online access for parents, coaches and players in British Columbia.

Highlights for Saturday, September 25th, 2010:

9:30 – 10:00am – Registration                    

10:00am – NOON  SportMed Soccer Workshop 1Injury Prevention

Moderator: Mike Martignago (SportMedBC and TEAM 1040 sports radio) 

Opening Remarks: Lynda Cannell (CEO of SportMedBC) and Bjorn Osieck (Executive Director of BC Soccer)

1) Identifying and Managing the Most Common Injuries 

A 30-minute workshop by Marc Rizzardo (sport physiotherapist – owner and operator of Metrotown Physiotherapy, Chief Therapist for the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team, soccer coach).

2) Preventing Injuries in Soccer 

A 30-minute workshop by Chris Franks (Sport Physiotherapist – UBC, former professional soccer player – Vancouver Whitecaps FC) 

3) Building a Strong Foundation for Soccer 

A 30-minute workshop by Rob Williams (Kinesiologist – owner and operator of Williams Health Group (MIXX Fitness Studio and Performance Posture), posture consultant to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

4) Questions & Answers – Panel Discussion

NOON – 1:00pm – Lunch (pre-registration is required)

1:00 – 3:00pm – SportMed Soccer Workshop 2Managing Concussions in Soccer

Moderator: Mike Martignago

Opening remarks: Doug Andreassen (President of Washington Youth Soccer) and Dr. Jim Bovard.

Panel Discussion will feature Doug Andreassen, Dr. Jim BovardMarc Rizzardo and Markus Reinkens (Manager of Sport Science – BC Soccer) (TBD)

The panel will discuss  the expectations of coaches and parents in identifying and dealing with head injuries, along with the acceptable timeline in returning to activity?

3:00 – 4:30pm – SportMedBC’s Annual General Meeting

4:30 – 6:00pm – Social Mixer

Join SportMedBC’s Board of Directors for a review of the past year. The SportMedBC Annual General Meeting is open to SportMedBC members and its supporters.

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