On April 28, our members elected their new board of directors. Read more
On April 28, our members elected their new board of directors. Sitting on the board for the next year will be Étienne Fallu, President, Maxim Hanna, Treasurer, Mariann Onofrio, Secretary, along with Fayez Abdulrahman, Philippe Fait, Amy Fortin-Barrette and Chantal Guy, Administrators. We have already planned our upcoming year. Stay tuned to learn more about what will be happening.
Thanks to all the members who took the time to come to the AGM and to get involved in our community in their own way. Your involvement helps us move forward.
Help the CTSQ Support Ironmen and Ironwomen
The international Subaru IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant competition is still seeking volunteers for its medical staff. The event will be held on April 29, 2019. Read more
The international Subaru IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant competition is still seeking volunteers for its medical staff. The event will be held on April 29, 2019. The organizing committee takes pride in bringing in the best healthcare professionals, and has requested that athletic therapists join their ranks.
As a thank you for the help that the AT community has been providing, the IRONMAN Foundation has awarded a bursary to one of our members in each of the past two years. They are more than happy to maintain this tradition as long as they can continue to count on us.
Mike Malagisi, the 2018 awardee, describes his personal experience in a short letter below.
Last May, Concordia University employees adopted a new insurance policy with Sun Life. Unfortunately, the athletic therapy coverage under this policy is more limited [...]. Read more
Last May, Concordia University Staff adopted a new insurance policy with Sun Life. Unfortunately, the athletic therapy coverage under this policy is more limited than that being offered for other services. However, following a flurry of calls and complaints, the staff was able to negotiate similar coverage for athletic therapy as for physiotherapy.
This is a good example of how one should never quit! It can be an uphill battle, but in the end, you may come out victorious.
AQMSE and Concussions
L’association québécoise des médecins du sport et de l’exercice (AQMSE) is offering a course on first-line concussion management. It is intended primarily for physicians, but all healthcare professionals are welcome. Read more
L’association québécoise des médecins du sport et de l’exercice (AQMSE) is offering a course on first-line concussion management. It is intended primarily for physicians, but all healthcare professionals are welcome.
The CTSQ joined the AQMSE on June 15, and it was a great opportunity to network with doctors and to share our strong expertise in the field of concussions. We strongly suggest signing up for the course if it is being offered near you.
For more information, please visit their website. A course will be offered in Quebec City on July 6, and another one in Montreal on August 30.
As part of the whirlwind of change that has been affecting our profession, the CTSQ recently made the decision to leave its office at 7141 Sherbrooke West. The move will be taking place during the summertime.
To keep costs down while awaiting the creation of a professional order with which the CTSQ will likely partner up, the CTSQ will be operating from a virtual office. Meanwhile, a P.O.B. will remain available for mailing purposes. You may use the new address as of now:
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you today as the new president of the CTSQ. It is very inspiring to take the chair of a board that has so well represented our association. It is full of passionate, devoted and professional individuals.
I would like to start off by thanking M. Fayez Abdulrahman for the last four years presiding over our board. We have reached major milestones toward professional recognition throughout his terms, and Fayez tremendous work was undeniable. Thank you!
This work I just mentioned continues to be a priority. Meetings are still being held and others are planned for the end of the summer, intertwining the different organizations involved in the process. We are looking at a better understanding of the current timetable. We are facing an obstacle at the moment following the arrival of a new direction at the Office des professions du Québec. For more information, you may read Heather’s letter here under, as she is writing to you as the chair of the transitional board.
I would like to also take a moment to remind each and every one of you to take pride in the profession of athletic therapist. Throughout the years, our field of work has evolved, and unlike what some may still think, one can be very successful in this career without seeking further schooling. The strong academic programs offered and the myriad of continuing education opportunity allow us to fully exploit our professional potential and give high-quality care to those seeking our help.
Let’s also take a moment to congratulate the very first UQTR candidates who attended the certification exam this past June. I am sure they are awaiting their result impatiently.
Lastly, the board’s administrators and I are wishing the members a great and safe summer.
Étienne Fallu, CAT (C) President
The Office des Professions du Quebec recently transmitted a letter dated May 30, 2018 in which the new president confirmed their intention to see Athletic Therapy integrated into the professional system in Quebec.
The Office des Professions du Quebec recently transmitted a letter dated May 30, 2018 in which the new president confirmed their intention to see Athletic Therapy integrated into the professional system in Quebec. But, in the same letter, they informed us that the new administration was reflecting on the best way to do this. It goes without saying that we are deeply disappointed by this news.
This surprising new position statement is a complete turnabout from what we were told by the outgoing administration of the OPQ in Fall 2017. Let’s remember that in October 2017, the prior administration of the OPQ informed the CTSQ that it would be moving forward with the creation of a professional order for athletic therapists. The OPQ also decided to name one of their jurists to our dossier, and formally requested the CTSQ to create a transitional Board of Directors. As a result the OPQ recognized that the CTSQ had met their two requirements they had imposed on us; to demonstrate the financial viability of an order for athletic therapists as well as to demonstrate that a sufficient number of our current members intended to join the order year 1.
The prior administration had also taken note of the future Athletic Therapy Order being open to eventually including other similar health care professionals, who are currently working on their own status for professional recognition, into the order once it was up and running. The prior administration did not want to delay the natural progression of our dossier.
In the letter dated May 30, 2018, the new administration of the OPQ, outline their motive for the change in position towards the creation of the Athletic Therapy Order as a need to reflect on the state of the current professional system and ways to optimize its function. This concern is not a new one, nor a recent one. The same concerns were brought up and considered on numerous occasions by the prior administration before moving forward with our dossier.
Although we are disappointed, we are not being passive;
We will continue our dialogue with the OPQ to better understand their motives and thought process, with the goal of having them reconsider their recent position. We will demonstrate an openness to continue working and collaborating with them to help move things forward as quickly as possible.
We will continue our dialogue with the Collège des Médecins, which oversees our current regulation, and who is also affected by the recent developments and delays.
We are currently working hard to ensure that we have all professional resources necessary to ensure a positive outcome to our dossier.
During the last Board meeting of the CTSQ in early June 2018, the Board renewed their confidence in the current team leading this file: Heather McCoy, Fayez Abdulrahmman and Pierre Lizotte, who will be joined by the incoming president of the CTSQ, Etienne Fallu.
Pierre and Fayez have been mandated by the Board of the CTSQ to act as lobbyists for the CTSQ as needed.
The current transition Board, which was created to work on the creation of the order, will not be dismantled. Their work will just slow down while the current situation is clarified.
With the arrival of summer and vacation season upon us, as well as a provincial election coming up in Fall 2018, it is unlikely that the current situation will be resolved quickly. But concrete actions are planned in the coming weeks and months.
We wish we had better news to share with you at this moment. We will take the next few weeks to recharge our batteries to be able to come back in the Fall refreshed and with a positive outlook ready to take on the challenges, which lie ahead. We will keep you up to date with any new developments.
Please take the time to enjoy the summer months.
Heather McCoy, CAT (C) Chair of the transitional board
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TD Corner : Some Advice for a Smooth Summer Trip
Our most recent partner, TD Insurance, would like to offer some tips to everyone planning a summer trip. Take a look at their suggestions to avoid any unexpected “surprises”! Read more
TD Corner: Some Advice for a Smooth Summer Trip
Our most recent partner, TD Insurance, would like to offer some tips to everyone planning a summer trip. Take a look at their suggestions to avoid any unexpected “surprises”!
Tips to remember while travelling
Put your preparation and research into practice so you can truly appreciate your time abroad.
Learn a few basic phrases in the local language. A little goes a long way. Especially “Where is the…?”.
Take a business card from the front desk of your hotel when you arrive. It always helps to have on hand the name and address of your lodgings in the local language!
Be mindful of the local culture of the country that you’re travelling in. Depending on your destination, cultural tolerances will vary.
Disable international data roaming to avoid a hefty phone bill upon your return.
Do not pet any stray animals you encounter, though they may look adorable.
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On May 17th, 2018, we commemorated the beloved David H. Jones at our 4th edition of Born to Run.
This year we took a leap of faith and changed the format significantly, creating a huge obstacle course of team events to test participants' speed, focus, agility, accuracy, and team spirit - and we are so happy that we did! What a successful afternoon we had, full of fun, laughter, great memories and maybe a few sore muscles!
Thanks to your support, we were able to raise over $6000 that will go directly to the David H. Jones Memorial Scholarship in Athletic Therapy!
If you would like to donate to the cause, click here. In the donation information section, please enter “David H. Jones Memorial Scholarship in Athletic Therapy”.
If you are interested in sponsoring future Born to Run events, please contact Christina Grace by email. We are already looking forward to our 5th edition of Born to Run, which is sure to be filled with more new and exciting experiences!
Mariann Onofrio & Christina Grace, CAT (C) Event Organizers, special collaboration
You probably noticed cameras rolling at the last CTSQ banquet. WATTS Podcast’s team was at work and will be releasing the interviews recorded throughout the evening. The first podcast was released on June 18, 2018. Have you listened to it yet ?
The first time I heard about the Ironman triathlon was while listening to the commentators at an Olympic triathlon event a few years ago. I was curious, so I did some research and the videos I found were astonishing. Humans from all different walks of life completing superhuman feats of will and endurance: a 3.86km swim followed by a 180km bike ride, and capped off with a FULL marathon – the whole thing seemed ludicrous to me.
The amount of preparation these athletes had to go through me eager to take in an event first hand. At the CTSQ conference in 2017, I discovered that they were recruiting volunteers to be part of the medical staff for the Mont-Tremblant Ironman events and decided to try it out. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. I signed up as a volunteer for all 4 distances at Mont-Tremblant, alternating between the biking and running legs of the races. The athletes and other volunteers were extremely passionate and every athlete that I had the opportunity to assist showed great appreciation for the on-site medical staff and the support that we provided. Working alongside a multi-disciplinary team also helped me see first-hand how staff responded to a variety of different situations and to enrich my own skills.
I would definitely recommend that more ATs take part in this event, as we can play an important role in helping athletes achieve their goal of becoming an Ironman or Ironwoman without injury.
Mike Malagisi Special collaboration
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