Athlete Health & Performance Program Resources
Welcome to the Sport PEI Athlete Health and Wellness Program’s Resource Library. Our goal is to provide developing athletes, their parents, and their coaches with current, evidence based resources on a range of topics in sports medicine and performance. When possible we will provide links to resource sources that are national or international organizations that work to continue to provide the most current evidence available (eg. CCES for current prohibited drug listings).
As always, we recommend that you seek out qualified medical and sport science personnel when you are injured and need help. These resources are meant to provide education but never replace the importance of seeking expert help when you are injured, or need training or performance advice.
We will be adding resources as quickly as possible, so check back regularly, and also send any questions you would like answered or resources you are looking for to Sport PEI at SportPEIAHP@gmail.com.
What is done in the first 24-48 hours following an athletic injury is very important and can often reduce the time of recovery by weeks. As always, if you have a significant injury you should seek medical attention immediately, but if you have a sprain or strain, the acronym P.O.L.I.C.E. can be used to help guide you in managing the immediate injury to encourage speedy recovery.
Have you or someone you know suffered a concussion. Rather than providing a comprehensive resource on Concussions here, we have chosen to provide links to two excellent Canadian Websites who are funded to stay current on latest research developments and have full time staff to educate people on recognizing , diagnosing, and managing concussions.
With the Beijing Olympics almost complete, the focus of media and athletes/coaches to Drug testing has been heightened. There is one place to get information for all of this is Canada, and that is the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport. Their website is https://cces.ca/. There is also a downloadable App.
One of the key steps to success as an athlete is to be able to set effective achievable goals in your process of improvement. Learn goal setting techniques from Meagan Ferguson, one of the mental health and performance professionals in our Athlete Health and Performance program.
Another gem from our friends at Performance Nutrition Academy. Did you know that nutrition can help you tolerate exercise in extreme environmental situations (heat and cold). And its not only about running in an extreme race in the desert. Your environment can be hot like playing beach volleyball or soccer in the summer, or cross country skiing in the winter. Learn what you can do to optimize performance and recovery in these environments.
Did you know that there is actually science behind how to develop children physically to become athletic? For 25 years science, research and experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times.
True champions discover a secret as they mature as an athlete, rest is a weapon. Sleep is a very important component of rest, allowing your body to recover from training and exercise, and allowing the cells in your brain to refresh, repair, and solidify things you have learned in the day.
Read our newest resource on how to use a slow, steady breath to help you perform at your best! Tara Costello guides us through this exercise to help you practice this important skill.
Athletes and sport organizations alike face a tremendous challenge when dealing with the Covid-19 virus. The SARS-COV-2 virus is a multi-organ pathogen, which can sometimes leave long-term effects on the lungs, heart, brain, liver and kidneys.
Warm-ups have been a part of the sports world for a long time because it helps athletes to prepare physically, mentally, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. It wakes up the body's communication system between the nervous system and muscular system to ready the body for activity and gets the athlete on the road to success.
One of the best parts about being an athlete is getting to travel and represent their Province, Territory or Nation. However, travel especially across multiple time zones can present its challenges as you need to plan for the time difference and how it affects you.
The thought of getting hurt or becoming injured while running is rarely thought of during the early days of childhood. Running as we get older becomes used for different goals, from using running for our cardio-vascular training for sports, and as a leisure activity to stay in shape.
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