Mini-Education Day

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Mini-Education Day

Feb 2, 2019 – University of Saskatchewan

Room 246 / Physical Activity Complex (PAC)


8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration (outside PAC 246)

** Coffee and breakfast snacks will be available during registration

8:30 – 9:00 am
Update from CSEP

Kathryn Moore will provide and update on CSEP

9:00 – 10:00 am
Dr. Marta Erlandson ~ Building a Bone Bank: The Impact of Weight Bearing Physical Activity on Bone Health Throughout the Lifespan

It is well known that physical activity during the growing years has a beneficial effect on bone health with the most active children laying down more bone their less-active peers. Dynamic weight bearing physical activities offer the greatest increases to bone strength. Gymnastics training exposes the skeleton to unique forms of dynamic mechanical loads. Young female gymnasts, both competitive and recreational, have consistently been shown to have better health than their peers. Furthermore, retired female gymnasts have also been found to have better bone health than other retired athletes and non-athletes. We will discuss the impact of weight bearing physical activity on bone development during the growing years as well as bone health throughout the lifespan.

10:00 -10:20 am Coffee Break

10:20 -11:30 am
Shannon Doyle-Kenny ~ How to Gain Strength using Body Weight Exercise

Anyone coached by Shannon whether they are age 2 or 92 can tell you the most important muscle in their body is “their butt”. They have learned to transfer their strength through their legs and glutes to do more functional activities in life whether it is holding a handstand, shoveling snow, canoeing, or re-learning how to raise and lower into a chair. This practical session with Shannon will involve learning how to gain strength using your body weight like a gymnast does and how this relates to everyday activities. It is all about center of gravity, base of support, and levers. Practical session in the Gymnastics studio, dress to move.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jordan Westad ~ Empire Parkour ‘Strides’ Back

This session will explain the origin of Parkour and its route getting established in Saskatoon. Jordan will touch on the role of physics in moving more efficiently and safely with Parkour, and touch on common injuries in the sport and what preventative measures are taken to keep injuries minimized.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

** NOT PROVIDED, please bring a bagged lunch. PAC cafeteria will be closed.

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Bart Arnold ~ CPT Scope of Practice Update (10 PDC’s)


Dr. Marta Erlandson

Dr. Marta Erlandson joined the faculty of Kinesiology in January 2014 as an Assistant Professor. She obtained her MSc. in 2007 and PhD. in 2010 from the University of Saskatchewan. For her graduate work, Dr. Erlandson examined the effect of recreational gymnastics participation on bone development in children 4-10 years of age. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Osteoporosis and Women’s Health Program at the University Health Network, University of Toronto where she examined the potential of novel imaging tools to capture muscle and bone parameters and how they change with age.

Dr. Erlandson’s current research program focuses on lifelong musculoskeletal health. She is interested in child and adolescent growth and development and the influence physical activity, sport and inactivity has on this process during growth as well as on health outcomes later in life. Dr. Erlandson also examines the development of physical literacy in both healthy and clinical populations.

Shannon Doyle-Kenny

Shannon has been involved with gymnastics as long as she can remember.  She started her training in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. She attended Gymnastics Coaching College at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Science in Toronto. Seneca is an Elite Training Centre with Olympic level coaches and gymnasts.  After college, Shannon returned to Saskatchewan and began coaching at Can-Am Gymnastics Club.   She has coached gymnasts at many levels obtaining a Level 3 National Coaching Certification in Gymnastics as well as certifications for judging high level National athletes.  She coached competitive level gymnasts while attending the University of Saskatchewan completing a degree and post graduate diploma in Kinesiology, specializing in Exercise Therapy.   She has worked in clinical settings with motor vehicle accident and work place injury clients as well as private clients.  For many years, Shannon worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant where she analyzed the functional movements required for everyday activities and ergonomics in work settings.  The knowledge of biomechanics gained through a coaching career has been valuable in the analysis of functional tasks and in her ability to teach the safest way to perform that activity.

Jordan Westad

Jordan Westad is one of the owners of Empire Parkour.  He convocated from the College of Kinesiology at the U of S in 2017, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He particularly enjoyed expanding his knowledge in coaching, pedagogy, and sports medicine and he regularly uses that knowledge within his practice now.

He has been training parkour for around 8 years and coaching for around 6 years. He has competed in Parkour at the international level at the North American Parkour Championships, and other various competitions across North America where he has claimed several podium spots in Speed competitions.  Jordan has also started judging Parkour competitions, most recently at a Style competition in Calgary.

Empire Parkour is the best source for qualified parkour education within Saskatchewan. They have been coaching in the Saskatoon area for over 5 years. They started out with one class in one gym, then multiple classes in multiple gyms, and now you can find them in their brand-new building in the North end of Saskatoon. This is the first dedicated Parkour gym in Saskatchewan.

While they primarily coach youth, they have classes for anyone aged 4 and up.

Attending this CSEP Mini-Ed Day = 12.5 PDCs for CSEP members

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