PUBLIC AWARENESS - 2018
Jamie Laws, previous OATA Founder’s Award recipient presented Barry Bartlett the 2018 Founder’s Award recipient with this special recognition on Sunday, October 27.
The presentation was to have been done at the OATA Annual Meeting in April, but the ice storm prevented both Jamie and Barry from making the trip to Kingbridge.
Barry Bartlett with OATA President Drew Laskoski and Jamie Laws on the occasion of the belated presentation of Barry’s Founder’s Award.
What is the ‘Founder’s Award?’
2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the OATA and the launch of the White Paper on the AT profession in Ontario and in Canada. During the development of the White Paper, research revealed more details on the profession’s founders in the GTA. The 10 individuals who met at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on April 24, 1965 have all passed. It was decided the “Founders” should be officially acknowledged and a Founders’ Award given annually to those who demonstrate those same leadership qualities. In their honour, criteria was established for an annual award. Recipients will be announced at the AGM reception every year. The recipients will have distinguished themselves through leadership in the profession and through efforts that have served to advance the profession.
Lots of great things happen in sport and rehabilitation medicine that impacts how ATs practice and work with joint injuries and clients facing joint replacements. Be sure to sign up for the March 30, 2019 Knee Summit.
We have three orthopaedic surgeons speaking and sharing insights into new knee surgery techniques, latest in injectibles and the shift in some hospitals to same-day surgery. Three top-notch ATs and other rehab peers presenting on their own experiences helping people with ACLs and other knee complaints. Be top of your game when it comes to the often-injured knee. See you at Kingbridge’s annual educational event.
Take advantage of the Dedicated Learner Fund and pay monthly at early bird rate to save your seat at the Summit and not break the proverbial “bank” in terms of your own pocketbook.
By Jill Barker special to the Montreal Gazette
While there’s been plenty of discussion around the pending legalization of cannabis, its effect on athletes hasn’t been part of the conversation. One of the reasons for the absence of dialogue is marijuana’s reputation for impairing, not improving athletic performance, which makes cannabis a poor workout partner.
By Hayley Wickenheiser for CBC Sports
In my entire career, I was never once formally diagnosed with a concussion.
Looking back, I’m pretty sure I likely suffered a few. After all, playing 32 years of hockey and contact sports, it’s hard to believe not one of those thousands of hits didn’t leave me spinning.
Former Flyers captains Keith Primeau and Eric Lindros both had their NHL careers disrupted or ended by concussions and have dealt with Post-Concussion Syndrome. The former hockey stars think that while the NHL has made progress with concussion protocols in recent years, the league needs to do much more to support research on concussions and CTE.
Drew Lasoski of Upper Canada Sports Medicine in Newmarket treats patients for concussions and concussion-like symptoms. April 10, 2018 - Mike Barrett/Metroland
The passage of Rowan’s Law by the province is merely a step in the right direction. Long overdue, especially since Ottawa-area high school rugby player Rowan Stringer died in 2013 from the impact of two concussions in a week, the concussion protocol bill was passed in March.
To be clear — legislation will not prevent concussions. For that, there is a much different conversation required to safeguard activities in which humans participate and collide with themselves or the ground.
Ontario is the first province in Canada to legislate a solid policy toward concussion treatment...
Michelle Stewart. - Courtesy Michelle Stewart
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is intended as a supplement to the article, Heads up! Rowan's Law is solid step on path to concussion awareness.
When Michelle Stewart fell off her horse she did precisely what people have been advising for years — she climbed back on.
Little did the now 18-year-old Niagara College student know that wasn’t such a good thing.
The Aurora resident tumbled from her mount and landed awkwardly with the right side of her head impacting the ground. Hard...