Wood Forum 2021: Sports Injury Prevention

Join us online for the 2021 Wood Forum on Sports Injury Prevention.

Saturday, November 6th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (MDT)

 

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Wood Forum 2021 - Saturday, November 6

The McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health brings you a FREE online forum on the latest research advances in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

Date: Saturday, November 6th

Topic: Sports Injury Prevention 

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Format: Presentations followed by a Q&A with the speaker panel

Platform: Online event


Wood Forum Presentation Topics

Learn more about the presentation topics at this year's Wood Forum.


Targets for the prevention of injuries in youth sport

Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Emery

Carolyn will share evidence-informed examples of successful prevention strategies in youth sport and recreation that reduce injury rates, including joint injuries. Further, she will share research findings informing targets for the prevention of consequences of joint injuries in youth, including post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

From Pandemic to Epidemic: Sport Injuries are going to increase!

Presenter: Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi

Some fortunate individuals have been able to adapt and embrace exercise in a safe manner during the pandemic. However, most of us will be at risk of injury once we get back to normal. You can’t argue with physics. Our biology is not always good enough to heal! How can we help you?

 

Getting Back to Health and Performance after Knee Injuries: Why Muscle Strength Matters

Presenter: Dr. Matt Jordan

Knee injuries like a ligament rupture are painful and often require months and months of rehabilitation. Despite our best efforts, a little more than half of athletes will return to their pre-injury sport performance level. In this presentation, I will try to convince you that getting your leg muscles strong and symmetrical are keys to success.

 

First aid for gait aids: How to use walking aids safely

Presenter: Dr. Ranita Manocha

A review of the science behind injuries caused by crutches, canes, and walkers, and how a new app called Improving Canadians' Walking Aids Skills, Learning and Knowledge (ICanWALK©) can help you use your walking aid safely.

Danielle Lappage presents: A Journey in Sport

A special presentation by Danielle Lappage, wrestler and two-time Olympian.

Danielle will discuss her journey in sport, how she overcame injuries and what she has gained through her experiences in competitive wrestling.


Meet the Speakers

Carolyn Emery

Dr. Carolyn Emery, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Emery, PT PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Cumming School of Medicine and she is the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary. She is a Canada Research Chair, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Christensen Fellow at the University of Oxford, and member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars. Carolyn’s research program focuses on the prevention of injuries and their consequences, aiming to reduce the public health burden of injuries and their consequences in youth sport and recreation.

Presentation topic: 

Targets for the prevention of injuries and their consequences in youth sport

Nicholas Mohtadi

Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi, MD

Dr. Nicholas Mohtadi, MD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Surgery, Cumming School of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He is a clinical epidemiologist and surgeon-scientist who has been operating in the field of sport medicine and arthroscopy for 31 years. He is currently the medical director of the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre, a member of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the director of the Acute Knee Injury Clinic.

Presentation topic:

From Pandemic to Epidemic: Sport Injuries are going to increase!

Dr. Matt Jordan

Dr. Matt Jordan, PhD

Dr. Matt Jordan, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and the director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary, where he helps lead inter-disciplinary performance teams that support Canadian Olympic athletes. Matt is a specialist in player health and performance, and he has been a performance scientist working with elite athletes over six Olympic Winter Games. His research focuses on neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training and knee injury/re-injury prevention.

Presentation topic

Getting Back to Health and Performance after Knee Injuries: Why Muscle Strength Matters

Ranita Manocha

Dr. Ranita Manocha, MD

Dr. Ranita Manocha, MD, MSc, is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Ranita started the Connective Tissue Disorders Rehabilitation Clinic and the Bracing and Mobility Clinic at Foothills Medical Centre. She also works clinically with patients who require nerve conduction studies and specialized wheelchair seating systems. Ranita’s research interests involve the biomechanical effects of walking aids and braces.

Presentation topic:

First aid for gait aids: How to use walking aids safely

Danielle Lappage

Danielle Lappage, wrestler & two-time Olympian

Danielle grew up in the small town of Olds, Alberta and she was involved in many different sports growing up. Danielle was first introduced to the sport of wrestling in sixth grade when a couple of her friends joined the school’s wrestling team and convinced her to come out to practice to try it out. In 2006, Danielle made her first national team. Since this time, she has been a member of Team Canada and has had the opportunity to represent Canada at many international events, including the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Danielle's wrestling accolades include being a Junior World Champion, University World Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion and Silver Medalist, a Senior World Silver Medalist, a two-time Olympian, and a 10-time National Champion/World Team Member. She graduated from the University of Calgary’s law school in April 2021 and she is currently articling with the BC Attorney General.

Wood Forum emcee & moderator:

Lisa Bowes

Lisa Bowes

A pioneer in Canadian broadcasting, Lisa Bowes is an award-winning sports journalist and media consultant based in Calgary, Alberta.  A Physical Education graduate from Western University, she is a passionate advocate for youth physical activity and reading literacy. Following the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, where she covered women’s hockey, Lisa began work on the best selling “Lucy Tries Sports” book series which encourages children to be active and persevere.

Welcome from the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Steve Boyd

Dr. Steven Boyd, PhD

Dr. Steven Boyd, PhD, is the director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. He is a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and holds a joint position with the Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculty of Kinesiology.

 


The McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

The McCaig Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine in the University of Calgary is home to a team of researchers and researchers-in-training working together to improve the prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment of bone, muscle and joint conditions. Much of the research at the McCaig Institute is focused on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and sport injury.

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Past Wood Forums

Browse our video archive and view presentation recordings from past -Wood Forums.

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Past Wood Forum topics

  • 2016  – Arthritis and You
  • 2015 – Knee Injuries
  • 2014 – Innovations in Juvenile Arthritis
  • 2013 – Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
  • 2012 – Forum on Osteoporosis
  • 2005 – My Aching Hand and Wrist
  • 2004 – My Aching Knee
  • 2000– My Aching Shoulder
  • 1999 – My Aching Foot
  • 1998 – My Aching Back