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2019 CSMTA National Education Conference and AGM

Hosted by the Saskatchewan CSMTA Membership

Oct 25-27nd 2019

Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, Saskatoon, SK 

Conference Schedule Overview – Please check conference package for your full options




Friday October 25

Sheraton  Cavalier  Saskatoon Hotel

6:30-830 pm


CSMTA Executive

8:30 – 10:00 pm

Social ( Cash Bar  with Appetizers)

Saturday October 26

8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

CSMTA Executive

8:45- 9:45am

From “No Pain, No Gain” to “If it Hurts Don’t Do It: Finding the Right Balance with Exercise for People with Chronic Pain

Susan Tupper PT, PHD

10:00 -11:00 am

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMS)

Allison Friesen BSC, RD

11:10 am-12:00pm

Athlete Injury Prevention and the Concept of Biotensegrity 

Scott Mc Cubbing RMT


Lunch  with  Olympic  Athlete

Kelsey Hendry Olympic Pole Vaulter

1:15pm- 3:10 pm

Mental Health and Sport 

And Sleep :  An integrated  Perspective 

Lisa Hoffart R. Psychology MC  and MA

330-5:20 pm

Posture and  Mechanical Loading – The how to: (both practical exercise session and lecture )

Bruce Craven SPT, MSC, Mc pe, BSc (PT)

5:30- 6:00pm

  CSMTA Presentation :

CSMTA Members Remo Bucci and Karen Hyslop

7:00 Pm

Informal   Supper  and  Social

Location: Rook and Raven

Sunday   October 27

8:30  am


9:00 – 12 am 

A Manual Approach  to treating  the  Athlete’s  Respiratory System

Jonathan Maister CAT(C) RMT , SMT (C) and Ira Snytte CAT (C) , DO

12- 1:00 pm


1:15pm -5:00 pm

Practical  Session  for  Treating  the  Athlete’s  Respiratory System

Jonathan Maister CAT(C) RMT , SMT (C) and Ira Snytte CAT (C) , DO

(Times may vary depending on flow of content and practical session) 

Conference Options


Pain, Sleep & Performance: Understanding the Effects on Athletes and the Therapists’ Applications

registration fees

$225 before September 16th and $300 after September 16th for CSMTA member

$175 before September 16th and $250 after September 16th for Student

$275 before September 16th and $350 after September 16th for Non-CSMTA members




Breath of Life: A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete’s Respiratory System

registration fees

$250 before September 16th and $325 after September 16th for CSMTA member

$200 before September 16th and $275 after September 16th for Student

$300 before September 16th and $375 after September 16th for Non-CSMTA members


Conference Workshops


Susan Tupper, PT, PhD
8:45am – 9:45am
From "No Pain No Gain" to "If it Hurts Don’t Do It": Finding the Right Balance with Exercise for Peoplewith Chronic Pain

Pain with exercise is bad, right? But what about the person who lives with chronic pain or the athlete recovering from a long-standing painful issue? When pain is always there, should exercise be avoided or is there a safe way to return to physical activity? This session will review the numerous neurobiological and immunological effects of exercise that influence pain and describe a framework for pain self-management planning to improve comfort with exercise.

Dr. Susan Tupper is the Strategy Consultant for Pain Quality Improvement for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). She is a licensed physical therapist with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology (2012) and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatrics. Susan’s role with SHA includes research, program planning, policy writing, and education for healthcare providers, trainees, and the public. Her research examines clinical interactions about pain for those with chronic health conditions, education on pain and exercise, and virtual reality for pain education. Susan is co-chair of SaskPain, a non-profit charity that aims to improve pain management in Saskatchewan and a member of the Advisory Panel to the Canadian Pain Task Force.

Alison Friesen, BSc, RD
10am – 11am
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) and Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMC)

Nutrition and the wellness industry have grown exponentially in the last decade but with this, so have diet culture and an obsession with food.  Diet culture has infiltrated the sport world, putting unrealistic pressures on athletes to have a specific body type, but also be strong and perform at a high level. Athletes are not immune to disorder eating; they are at greater risk of it, but before that occurs, issues of energy availability become apparent. 
RED-S or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport is a relatively new term that defines energy deficiency and what occurs in the body and with performance when there is low energy availability.  Learn what is considered enough energy for everyday body function, and for sport or activity.
In this workshop we will also discuss some basics of sport nutrition, including hydration needs and nutrition strategies to prevent Exercise Associated Muscles Cramps (EAMS).

Alison Friesen, BSc, RD is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the areas of sport and performance, women’s health and disordered eating.  Alison’s practice is known for its client-centered approach that starts with a thorough whole-person assessment using cutting-edge research to help individuals create meaningful change.  She also is a ‘retired’ athlete herself, drawing on her experiences as an athlete who struggled with disordered eating to support patients/clients with achieving their goals and supporting them in their journey with health, food and intuitive eating.  Alison strongly believes in a non-diet, whole food approach with the support of supplements when needed and provides clients with practice tools and strategies on how to meet their goals.  Alison owns her practice, Alison Friesen Nutrition, and is a consultant for the Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan.  She has worked with a large range of athletes and clients. Clients include Canadian Sport Center athletes, Canadian Para-Olympic athletes, NHL, CFL, WHL and a range of other hockey athletes, Sask. Provincial Teams, University athletes and club teams of various sports around Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.

Scott McCubbing, RMT, BSc Kin, MPT, ACC Level 1
11:10am – 12 noon
Athlete Injury Prevention

My personal journey from athlete to coach and from massage therapist to physical therapist. 
An explanation of the concept biotensegrity, which bridges the gap between soft tissue and the massage world and the joint structures concept from the physical therapists’ perspective.

Scott has been involved in track and field as an athlete and coach in pole vault since 1994 where he has been part of three National Junior teams, five years of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) teams and part of two male CIS Championship teams.

He completed his Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy in 2007, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2010, and his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2015 at the University of Saskatchewan.  Scott has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist for the past 12 years while completing his schooling at the U of S and undertaking both physio and massage for the past four years.  He is currently working in a private physiotherapy clinic, Kinetik Rehab Services, at Saskatoon City Hospital.

Lisa Hoffart, MC, MA, R. Psych
1:15pm – 2pm
Mental Health and Sport

One in five individuals experience mental health issues; sport is no exception. Mental health is an important issue and is especially relevant in today's sport world. Stress, pressure, and performance standards affect not only athletes but also coaches and the integrated support team, and can put strain on one's mental health and wellness levels. Taking time to prioritize the self and one's energy levels can have a significant impact on being able to ensure that mental well-being is properly addressed.

This session will examine mental health, including signs and symptoms, some of the unique challenges that can occur in sport, and steps that can be taken to support someone who is experiencing a mental health issue.

2:10pm – 3:10pm
Sleep: An Integrated Perspective

This presentation is targeted towards enhancing athletic performance by addressing the importance of sleep. An integrated approach is taken, examining various sport science and sport medicine domains and the relationship that they have with sleep. Sleep quantity and quality is explored, while also considering athletic scenarios, such as the link between sleep and travel, nutrition, mental preparation, exercise conditioning, and medical considerations. Tips are given on how to sleep better and how to assess sleep.

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist and a Mental Performance Consultant for the Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Council. Lisa works with athletes from grassroots to international levels, helping them to develop and implement mental performance skills. In this role, Lisa has contributed to Team Saskatchewan’s performances at the Canada Summer Games, Canada Winter Games, and the Canada Western Summer Games.

Lisa’s background in both sport psychology and counselling psychology allows her to take a holistic approach when working with athletes. Rarely is performance confined to just the athletic domain, as it can be influenced by all areas of life. Lisa has the competency and skills to help athletes develop and apply their mental performance while also ensuring that mental health and wellness is considered and enhanced.

Lisa is also an advisor with Game Plan, Canada's national athlete wellness program. Through this program, Lisa works with athletes, helping them to develop their skills outside of sport. As a result, athletes are able to focus on health, education, and career opportunities both during their high-performance career and beyond.

Coming from an athletic background, Lisa ran track and field and cross country in university, and competed at the CIS (now USport) championships. She continues to compete in distance events on the roads and trails.

Bruce Craven, MSc., BSPE, BSc(PT), Dip Sport PT, CSCS
3:30pm – 5:20pm
Posture and Mechanical Loading during movement:  Is Gravity pulling you down?

This is a two-part session starting with a theoretical model of how gravity and muscular force interact to maintain posture statically and dynamically.  The model will be used to explain common movement faults and possible causative factors for mechanical loading injuries.  The second part of this session is practical, and will be aimed at the “how to” do a variety of exercises to teach clients to combat postural faults and mechanical loading problems.

Bruce and his wife Karen are proud owners of Craven SPORT services in Saskatoon.  Bruce is a consultant providing integrated support services in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis and Sport Physiotherapy for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Sport Center Saskatchewan.  Bruce has been involved with Own the Podium’s National Sport Science and Medicine Advisory Committee as the discipline lead for Para-medical services and is presently the lead for Para-Sport services.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan and a Sessional Lecturer in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Bruce has presented at various provincial, national and international conferences, is an instructor/examiner for Sport Physiotherapy Canada and the Canadian Coaches Association.  As a sport physiotherapist Bruce has had the opportunity to work with athletes in over 30 different sports competing at the provincial, national, world and Olympic levels.  At the national level Bruce has worked as a consultant/therapist with the National Goalball Team, National Figure Skating Team, National Sailing Team and the Canadian Hockey Association.  Bruce and his wife have three kids.


Jonathan Maister, Bach. Soc. Sci. (Uni. of Cape Town) CAT(C) RMT SMT(C)

Ira Snytte, Bach. Science (Exercise Science, Concordia University) CAT(C) DO(Q)

9am – 5pm
“Breath of Life”:  A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete's Respiratory System

Ease of respiration is key to an athlete’s performance. Vascular and pulmonary issues may exist that may disturb respiration, but one must also consider the relationship of the respiratory system to the musculoskeletal system and all other body systems. The importance of ideal respiration may be neglected because the therapist may be unaware of intervention strategies, or simply they may be apprehensive about treating what is perceived as beyond our traditional scope. The musculoskeletal nature of the respiratory system renders it susceptible to the same holding patterns and restrictions of the extremities, (i.e. diaphragm, accessory respiratory muscles etc.), which will impede athletic performance. The visceral aspect of the respiratory system is also a consideration because of anatomic attachments of lungs to cervical spine, shoulder, and other body parts. For this very reason it can and should be addressed by manual therapists. By incorporating the techniques taught in this presentation, the therapist will make the quantum leap in their skill-set beyond what is traditionally associated with therapy.

We shall review the respiratory system and revisit its immense importance for successful athletic endeavour.  We shall teach various outstanding intervention strategies, musculoskeletal as well as visceral (lungs). The attendee will be challenged with very different approaches which when used in combination, will boost their athlete's respiratory status to the next level, and also provide additional tools to deal with cervical spine and shoulder problems, among others. Our presentation methods and pacing will ensure that attendees understand every component, and are able to implement every technique with confidence.

This unique, fun, never-before-presented hands-on workshop is a must for any health care practitioner (massage, athletic, physiotherapist and chiropractor) who works with athletes in cardiovascular sports and with respiratory challenged patients.

Because our manual skills are so powerful, this presentation also serves to blend our role from athlete “rehabilitation” to include athlete “maintenance”. This has monumental implications for our ongoing involvement with athlete care and should nurture a greater appreciation from athletes and their support system about our skill set and the quantum difference we can make to athlete well-being and performance.      “Own the podium!!”

Biography: Ira Snytte
Ira is the owner and operator of a successful Sports Medicine Clinic in Montreal.  He certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1995 and then acquired his license as an Osteopath in 2002. His hands-on approach to treatment incorporating the mind/body, biodynamics and somato-emotional relationship has yielded outstanding success in treating his patients. He is also a strong believer in traditional Chinese medicine and is able to incorporate a host of diverse approaches to his clinical work. Ira has been recognized as an outstanding mentor; he regularly shares his knowledge with student therapists who have benefited from his clinical experience and tremendous skill-set. He recently presented at the conference of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Ira has traveled regularly as a senior therapist with the Canadian Medical Team to the Maccabiah Games, 2017 having been his sixth participation in this international sports event. In his spare time he connects with his family enjoying nature by running, hiking, swimming, and cycling.

Biography: Jonathan Maister
Jonathan is a Canadian certified Athletic Therapist, Massage Therapist and Sport Massage Therapist. With his 20 + years of private practice and professional development, he has developed a passion for combining hands-on strategies with the fundamentals of body mechanics and applied anatomy. He has presented at conferences and workshops across Canada, and also recently in the USA and South Africa. He is a regular presenter for the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario, the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. His unique and entertaining presentations are known for their “implement the next day” quality. He teaches at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (Toronto).  In terms of travel, he has twice accompanied the Canadian Masters Track and Field team (Durban 1997, Gateshead 1999), the Israeli junior Ice Hockey team (Bulgaria 1997) and the Canadian Maccabi medical team (Israel 2013). His articles on sport medicine and sport massage have been featured in journals in the massage and athletic therapy domain. He has served in various committee positions with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.

Conference Options


Pain, Sleep & Performance: Understanding the Effects on Athletes and the Therapists’ Applications

registration fees

$225 before September 16th and $300 after September 16th for CSMTA member

$175 before September 16th and $250 after September 16th for Student

$275 before September 16th and $350 after September 16th for Non-CSMTA members



Breath of Life: A Manual Approach to Treating the Athlete’s Respiratory System.

registration fees

$250 before September 16th and $325 after September 16th for CSMTA member

$200 before September 16th and $275 after September 16th for Student

$300 before September 16th and $375 after September 16th for Non-CSMTA members



Saturday October 25th

Early Bird (Before September 16th)

Student: $175 

CSMTA Member: $225 

Non-CSMTA Member: $275


Student: $250

CSMTA Member: $300 

Non-CSMTA Member: $350

Sunday October 24th

Early Bird (Before September 16th)

Student: $200

CSMTA Member: $250

Non-CSMTA Member: $300


Student: $275

CSMTA Member: $325

Non-CSMTA Member: $375

Two day Pricing Early Bird

Student: $175 + $200 = $375

CSMTA Member: $225 + $250 = $475

Non-CSMTA Member: $275 + $300 = $575

Two Day Pricing Regular

Student: $250 + $275 = $525

CSMTA Member: $300 + $325 = $625

Non CSMTA Member: $350 + $375 = $725

Method of Payment:            Interact e-Transfer               PayPal                        Cheque (please advise NOC if this method of payment is preferred) 

Conference Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

Upon receipt of your registration form and full payment you will receive confirmation on registration with agenda by email. Receipts will be issued at time of payment. All cancellations must be received by October 1st, 2019. An administration fee of $100.00 will be retained on cancellations for any reason. Non-attendance at conference or cancellations received after October 1st 2019 will not be eligible for refund.


A Big  thank   you  for  our Gold  Sponsor



Bronze Sponsors:

Sunrise Wellness Spa

Gilbert Agencies - insurance, notary public, License issuer

Unity Credit Union Limited




Hosted By the Saskatchewan CSMTA Membership

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Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, SK


October 25-27, 2019

25 au 27 Octobre 2019

Hotel is offering us a special rate of $169 CAD per night

However, you must register directly between Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm.  The contact information is as follows:

Amy Cox, Event Manager
Direct line 306 667 0158


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