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Schedule At A Glance
*Please see below for full titles and descriptions of each session and presenter.
Key Note Presenter: Laurie di Giulio
This year we are doing something a little different with the schedule. We will have one session that all members/delegates attend. This will be a keynote presentation from RMT Laurie di Guilio.
The Hip Hinge. The Fountain of Youth.
The hip hinge is a crucial movement pattern that permeates all aspects of our lives from infancy into adulthood. It is a movement pattern that we master as children but lose as adults. The loss of the ability to properly hinge at the hips increases load on the lumbar spine, compression of the SI joints and strain on the knees. It can increase the chances of developing low back pain, disc trauma, knee pain and injury. As we age, the loss of the hip hinge can increase our likelihood of falling which can severely impact quality of life in the elderly and even lead to sooner death due to complications from a fall. In this way, maintain the hip hinge pattern has the ability to add years to our life. It can be a fountain of youth. This presentation will introduce you to ways to assess the hip hinge (or deadlift) pattern, how to breakdown the movement into incremental stages, modifications and alternatives, and common problems/myths associated with the hinge/deadlift. Whether you work with elite level athletes or people in their 80's, practicing the hip hinge will bring improved performance, strength and prevent injuries across all populations.
Visit Laurie's website for more information on her work.
#ELS18 Presenters & Sessions
1. Greg Simmons on Trends VS Fads
Greg Simmons - Fitness Business Consultant
Over the past 25 years, Greg has developed an extensive knowledge of effective business and fitness facility management. His approach is deeply rooted in the desire to understand the needs of the consumer and his passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences. Greg’s creativity, knowledge, communication style, and ability to assess situations has been a successful formula when providing big picture planning, solving issues and accomplishing objectives for his clients.
Greg's website: www.healthsystemsgroup.com
Trends VS Fads
Being on the cutting edge and the first one to offer the “next big thing” in fitness seems like a great idea. Your staff, Club members, and class participants LOVE new fitness experiences! They’re exciting and can transform your business; but, there’s also a negative side. Adopting something unproven for “the flash” rather than “the substance” can also affect your credibility. Learning how to spot and select fitness trends, over fads, is the key to a successful investment of your time, energy, and resources. In this session, we will
2. Maria Radelich on Fitness & the Pelvic Floor
Maria Radelich - Physiotherapist
Maria is a physiotherapist who completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours from Acadia University and went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University.
During her time at Acadia, Maria found her passion for helping others by working as an Athletic Trainer with the Varsity Men’s soccer team. She then went on to work with various sports teams that included the University of King’s College Women’s basketball team, the Halifax City Senior Men’s soccer team and the TASA Bantam AA hockey team.
Although sports injury is a major focus for Maria, she has completed her training in pelvic health where she integrates her sports knowledge to assist treating athletes with pelvic dysfunctions. Maria believes that no one should be limited by pelvic dysfunction and considers various treatment options to help her patients continue living a healthy lifestyle.
Maria's website: www.choicehealthcentre.ca
Fitness and the Pelvic Floor
Maria will be discussing the role of the pelvic floor and common dysfunctions that occur through exercise and physical activity, providing tips for safe and effective exercise to those with pelvic floor dysfunction. She will also provide quick assessment tricks fitness professionals can use to assess dysfunction in the core and pelvic floor.
3. Wanda Martin presents STRONG by Zumba® (Master Class)
Wanda has the FIS certificate with CanFitPro™, LesMills certifications in SH'BAM™(AIM2) and BODYVIVE™ 3.1, and Zumba® ZIN™, POUND®, and STRONG by Zumba® instructor licenses. She has worked in the fitness world for 7 years, is part of the Latin dancing community and a Ladies choreo team and has participated in community events throughout HRM. She went to university in her home in NFLD at MUN and also Ryerson Unversity in Toronto where she attained a Biochemistry degree in Food Science and another in Public Health and has worked in both the private and public sectors. She lives with her husband in Bedford along with their little senior doggy, Snookie. She loves to incorporate her passion for music, dance and fitness in her classes by making it easy for others to enjoy with her!
STRONG by Zumba®
STRONG by Zumba® is a High-Intensity Interval workout program which is driven by the tempo of ZUMBA® music. There are NO dance rhythms like regular ZUMBA fitness, just the amazing music driving you to work harder on the beats. It combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music specifically designed for every move.
4. Emily Rogers & Allison Keller on
High Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) on Brain Excitability and Motor Learning
Emily Rogers & Allison Keller
Emily Rogers and Allison Keller are students from the Laboratory from Brain Recovery and Function at Dalhousie University. Emily is from Bridgewater NS, and she is currently a graduate student working toward her Master’s in Rehabilitation Research at Dalhousie. She previously studied at Acadia University where she completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology. Allison is from Ottawa and is currently a Kinesiology student at Dalhousie, working toward her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours.
High Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) on Brain Excitability and Motor Learning
This session will examine the effects of High Intensity Interval Exercise (HIIE) on brain excitability and motor learning. Motor skill learning can be improved if the cells in the area of the brain responsible for movement are more excitable, and one method to increase excitability in the brain is exercise.
5. Virginia McIntyre on Bone Health
Virginia McIntyre BA, RTR, RTMR, Coldbrook, NS
Virginia has been working in health care for over 25 years as a Radiological Technologist and in 2011 earned her Diploma in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In 2011 she also specialized in Bone Mineral Density. Working with Osteoporosis patients gave her an insight into how the disease impacts a person's quality of life. She now takes every opportunity to educate, share and advocate for those living with osteoporosis.
Virginia is an active executive member with the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN). She also sits on the Nova Scotia Fracture Liaison service committee and the Osteoporosis Canada Fracture Risk Assessment working group. Virginia is a recent recipient of the 2017 Backbone Award from Osteoporosis Canada.
Virginia is committed to COPN's mission to offer Canadians timely, convenient access to scientifically sound information on osteoporosis care, and support those struggling with the challenges of Osteoporosis.
Over 80% of all fractures after the age of 50 are caused by osteoporosis. Learn about Osteoporosis and strategies to help reduce fracture risk. Presentation will provide education on bone basics, nutrition, exercise and movement. Also learn about the role of the Fracture Liaison Coordinator, Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN) and fitness instructors in preventing future fractures.
6. Grant Hatcher on Meditation
Grant was born and raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. He loves playing sports and spending time with his family. Grant has always been curious about why humans do what they do. That's why he obtained an honours degree in Psychology from MSVU. From there he began traveling the world and practicing meditation. He is now settled down in Halifax and combines the scientific and spiritual aspects of meditation, psychology and hypnosis to help clients 1-on-1 and teach group classes.
This session will be broken down into 3 components. In the first component, Grant will discuss the scientific research behind meditation and what this means in terms of fitness. As well, he will talk about the practical and mental health benefits. The second component will involve a short, 20 minutes or so, guided meditation. This way everyone will get a chance to experience meditation with the help of an experienced instructor. The final stage of this presentation will be an open discussion to talk about the experience and discuss how to apply these techniques in everyday life!
7. Laura Lundquist on Valgus Knee
Laura Lundquist, Physiotherapist, MScPT, FCAMPT
Registered International Sports Physical Therapist
Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Owner, Zoomers Physiotherapy & Health Solutions
Laura’s passion is helping people return to or maintain function despite an injury or illness. Her experience in sport physiotherapy and private practice orthopedics has given her a unique perspective and ability to help people achieve these goals. She has a particular interest in helping people maintain a healthy level of physical activity despite normal age-related changes that happen to us all… this was how the idea for Zoomers Physiotherapy and Health Solutions was born!
Laura graduated from Mount Allison University in 2001 and from McMaster University School of Physiotherapy in 2003. She has since completed post-graduate courses in manual and manipulative therapy, acupuncture and sport physiotherapy. She holds the highest level of Canadian certification in both manual (hands-on treatment) and sport physiotherapy. Laura is a certified Tai Chi Instructor and teaches the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention at Zoomers.
Laura has worked in private practice/sports medicine clinics in British Columbia, Toronto and Halifax treating orthopedic and sports injuries. She has worked with sports teams (including hockey, rugby, lacrosse, badminton, tennis, weight-lifting and soccer) and provided medical coverage from local to international sporting events. Most recently, she travelled with the senior women’s Sevens Rugby Team to Amsterdam (2011) and worked as part of the core medical team for Canada at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara (2011) and the World University Games (FISU) in Kazan, Russia (2013).
Identifying and Managing the Valgus Knee to Maximize Performance and Minimize Injury Risk
This session will include a brief overview of the anatomy of the "valgus knee". The impact of this dynamic postural fault on exercise performance and injury risk will be presented. The majority of the session will be a practical session reviewing:
- exercise technique evaluation
- management strategies for traditional exercises
- targeted exercises that improve control of the lower extremity and limit valgus stress at the knee
Participants are asked to dress in clothing that allows easy exposure of the leg up to the mid-thigh (ie: shorts, pants that roll up etc).
9. Melissa Millar on 10 Essentials to Post Natal Posture and Core
Melissa Millar is a dynamic fitness professional involved in the industry for over 20 years. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness Workshop Presenter, and Trainer Educator. With degrees in Kinesiology and Dance she went on to complete certifications from YMCA Canada, Can-Fit-Pro, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), ZUMBA, and most recently, YogaFit. In 2009 she was awarded the Fitness Instructor of the Year- Freestyle, New Zealand. She is now the owner of a fitness training company called MOTIVA Wellbeing and Fitness, specializing in personal and small group training in home, fitness classes & workshops, and corporate wellness programs.
10 Essentials to Post Natal Posture and Core
There are many considerations when working with women immediately after pregnancy. Giving birth affects more than just the core muscles and being a new mom puts a huge strain on all the posture muscles. In this session learn the 10 essential exercises for post natal mothers and understand the effects of diastasis recti on regaining core strength. Leave confident that you can safely train all new moms.
This session is not just for pre/post-natal specialist trainers, it's for everyone who teaches clients and classes of all levels.
*early-bird prices will be offered as well, rate TBA
Full Day NSFA Member - $100
Half Day NSFA Member - $50
Full Day Non-Member - $125
Half Day Non-Member - $62.50
Schedule for the day
*The exact schedule of presenters is still being finalized and will be posted in March.
9:00-9:30am - Meet & Greet/Sign In
9:30-10:45 Session A
11:00-12:15 Session B
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Session C
3:00 - 4:15 Session D4:30-7:30 CPR re-certification, Lifesaving Society