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Lower Extremity Rehabilitation Masterclass: Return to Performance Solutions

Location: Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, 6960 Mumford Rd, SUITE 180 Halifax, NS

Dates: Saturday, November 30, 2019 -

Course Sponsor/Host: Elliott Richardson, MSc. Strength and Conditioning and Michael Sangster, PT
Location: Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, 6960 Mumford Rd, SUITE 180 Halifax, NS
Registration Dates:
Registration Fees: $229.00 (Payment can be via cheque, e-transfer, or PayPal)


To register, please email Mike Sangster at referencing Lower Extremity Masterclass in your subject field.

Course Title: Lower Extremity Rehabilitation Masterclass: Return to Performance Solutions for the Multidisciplinary Team. 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description: Recent advances in modern neuroscience have changed our understanding of optimal rehabilitation to include both a peripheral and brain based approach. Likewise, there’s been a shift in top sport organizations (professional, collegiate, Olympic) to a team based approach. To achieve the best outcomes, it requires a shift from siloed care to a multi-disciplinary approach to manage the gaps and shift the goal from “return to play” in the existing model to “return to performance”. This novel one-day course combines the rehabilitation and strength and conditioning perspective to provide the participant with an understanding of best practice clinically relevant neuroscience and peripheral techniques to accelerate recovery and maximize performance outcomes of the lower extremity. Comprehensive top down and bottom up assessment will be detailed. Rehabilitation techniques that target specific brain mechanisms as well as an in-depth review of emerging next practice strength based approaches will be provided. Foundational to this combined approach will be an exploration of the principles of psychologically informed practice to enhance outcome. This course consists of a series of lectures, case study, practical sessions, and clinical applications. 

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

Describe the pathophysiology of common lower extremity injury.
Understand the functional and anatomical brain and nervous system changes with injury.
Perform an evaluation of the patient with consideration of illness perceptions and expectancy and their relationship to recovery.
Perform skilled peripheral and brain based assessment techniques for lower extremity injury.
Apply peripheral and brain based therapeutic intervention for lower extremity injury.
Increase effectiveness of therapies through application of psychologically-informed clinical practice principles.
Identify and fill gaps in the return to performance process. 
Safely maximize the athlete's exposure to progressive overload of force and velocity. 
Perform return to play screens that have higher transfer to the demands of sport and intense activity.
Work together with other health care/fitness professionals to maximize athlete/patient outcomes.

Instructors bios:

Michael Sangster is a graduate of the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, the Master of Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s University, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Utica College. He is one of four Clinical Specialists in Pain Science in Canada. His primary clinical interests are Pain Management and Global Health. Mike has worked extensively in both adult and pediatric complex pain is currently the Physiotherapist on the Complex Pain team at the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Associate at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy and a lecturer for the Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management at McGill University. In addition to teaching, Mike is an Advisor to the Canadian Pain Task Force, a contributing author to the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain, a TEDx speaker, and a co-developer of the online pain curriculum at SickKids in Toronto, Canada. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, a founding member and the former Vice-chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is currently an assessor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialization Program for Pain Management. Mike is passionate about global health and travels annually to resource scarce regions of the world to participate in capacity building initiatives with local clinicians.  On his travels he has fulfilled the North American amateur soccer player’s dream of being invited to play soccer with South Americans on a beach, hiked the Inca trail, braved a perilous tuk tuk ride in the back streets of Bangkok, played cricket with children in Dharavi, swam with sharks, set the Canadian record for hiking Gros Piton, and survived dengue fever.


Elliott Richardson holds a Master’s of Science – Strength and Conditioning graduate with distinction from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London where he earned the top research award for his graduating class. Prior to that, he graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. Currently, Elliott serves as the Manager, Sports Performance in addition to his role as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Acadia University. His primary role is to oversee the Integrated Support Team of Strength and Conditioning, Athletic Therapy, Sports Nutrition, and the Sport Science Program. His role is to provide a holistic support system to maximize the level of performance of each athlete within their sport, reduce their likelihood of injury and maximize athlete longevity. In addition to the leading the integrated support team, he also leads the Acadia Strength and Conditioning internship program, which provides practical, hands on experience to undergraduate students. Many of his former students have gone on to become successful exercise professionals in the private sector, university sport, professional sport, and military. He also is a lab instructor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia, where he teaches practical exercise-based courses. Prior to pursuing a career in Strength and Conditioning, Elliott was a professional athlete in the CFL, having started as a free safety across his 3-year career, and was the CFL Defensive Player of the Week and Canadian Player of the Week in the inaugural Touchdown Atlantic Game in 2010. Prior to that he was a 2 time All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian Football player at Acadia University.

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