Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome MTSS or “Shin Splints”

Often incorrectly described as “shin splints”, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) is an overuse injury usually caused by running or jumping. The condition is characterized by pain and tenderness in the lower leg, usually along the front medial edge of the shin. There are many potential causes of this overuse syndrome including: A change in…

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What is Athletic Fitness Testing and Why is it done?

As sport and exercise professionals we often get asked by parents and athletes why fitness testing is performed and what is it used for? Physical testing has many functions, and is essential for training and developing athletes. We will discuss the reasons to test, as well as some of the common tests implemented in sport…

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Concussions

Have you or someone you know suffered a concussion? The 2022 6th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport builds on the principles outlined in previous concussion statements and aims to develop a better understanding of sport-related concussion.  The recommendations made in this article are based on these guidelines that were announced in June 2023. A…

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Ice vs Heat for Recovery

If you’ve ever been confused about whether to apply ice or heat to an injury or painful area, you’re not alone. Both hot and cold therapies can be very beneficial for recovery, but there are some tips to keep in mind when deciding between the two, based on the most recent evidence. Ice Use Ice…

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Mental skills for dealing positively with injury in sport

You have been training hard, you are committed to your sport, you are enjoying success and then you get an injury.  Many athletes at some point have to deal with this aspect of sport.  Whether acute or chronic, injuries can be stressful and challenging for athletes and non-athletes alike.   Besides physical issues of pain,…

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Pre-Game Warmup Activation

Why do we need to warm up before competition time? 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…

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How to reduce running injuries

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 cardiovascular training for sports, and as a leisure activity to stay in shape. Although running can be a great form…

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Returning-to-Sport after Covid-19

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. The virus creates symptoms similar to the common cold, including but not limited to:  Fever Sore Throat Cough Tiredness…

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Managing Travel and Jet Lag

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. Flying to another province or country on an airplane, and…

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The Mental Game’s Most Versatile Skill – A Slow, Steady Breath

Benefits for Practicing a Slow, Steady Breath ➢ reduces overall tension / stress ➢ develops body/ mind awareness ➢ contributes to more emotional control ➢ focuses you on the present moment ➢ develops deeper concentration ability ➢ enhances recovery Here’s What to Practice: Take a slow, deep in-breathe on the count of approximately four. Breathe…

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