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Report on CASEM’s 2011 annual conference

By Source: RCCSS(C) Summer 2011 Sport Report   


22, Ottawa, Ont. – The Canadian Academy of Sports
and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) held their annual conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland
on July 14-16, 2011.

In attendance were
fellows of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada (RCCSS(C))
including college president Dr. Glen Harris as well as Drs. Scott Howitt,
Janice Drover, Brian Seaman and Chris DeGraauw.

A number
of highly relevant topics were presented by leaders in sport medicine, such as
Drs. Jack Tauntan, Bob Brock and Derek Mackesy. 
Presentations included Evidence-based
sport medicine: answering clinical questions and making recommendations to
(by Dr. Pierre Fremont); Lessons
from the field – Olympic Games
(Dr. Bob McCormack); Where does it start – Patterns of doping in high school and college
(Dr. Gloria Cohen) and more. 
As well, presenters provided overviews and recent research findings
regarding specific clinical issues such as management of knee osteoarthritis,
first time dislocation of the shoulder, and transient quadriplegia and spinal


Workshop information included
stretching and performance with a preview of the work of Dr. Behm on ways to
potentially improve performance with Dynamic stretching; the recommendation
that young male overhead athletes are very prone to repeated dislocation of
their shoulders and, thus, require an orthopedic consultation; inclusion of
femoral stress fracture in the differential diagnosis for female runners; and
discussions surrounding transient acute nerve injuries, also known as
“stingers”, with considerations regarding guidelines on return to play and long
term sequelae.

The conference provided an
opportunity to assess the VANOC legacy. 
The viewpoint that has emerged and been strengthened by this dialogue is
that cutting-edge sports sciences must incorporate a multidisciplinary
approach, as  health teams have the potential to achieve more favourable outcomes. 

In the summer 2011 issue of the
RCCSS(C)’s Sport Report, Dr. Scott
Howitt writes, “Discussions regarding evidence-based diagnostics and treatment
options were woven throughout the talks and an open dialogue on return to play
considerations both functionally and ethically revealed the difference in
opinions amongst the experts and the continued need for research and
collaboration throughout the sports practitioner disciplines.”

The next CASEM conference is being
planned with a focus on exercise medicine. 
It is scheduled for June 20-23, 2012 and will be held at the Delta Grand
Okanagan Resort in Kelowna,
British Columbia.  For more information on this conference,
please visit




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