2014 : une année mémorable pour l’Institut canadien du sport de Calgary

L'année 2014 était dès le départ une année de célébration pour l'Institut canadien du sport de Calgary (ICSC). Avec les célébrations de son 20e anniversaire et les Jeux olympiques d'hiver de Sotchi, en Russie, de nombreux événements étaient au programme. Et cette année n'a pas été une déception. Que ce soit en raison du triomphe de nos athlètes aux Jeux olympiques ou de notre déménagement dans nos nouvelles installations ultramodernes, l'année 2014 aura certainement été une année mémorable. Le président et chef de la direction, Dale Henwood, nous offre un bon résumé du début de cette année 2015 : « Au début de cette nouvelle année, il est important de réfléchir au passé et d'embrasser l'avenir. C'est une période stimulante qui nous encourage à aller de l'avant et à préparer l'ICS à sa croissance et à sa réussite tout en restant conscient de l'environnement d'affaires dans lequel nous évoluons. »

2014: A Year to Remember for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary

2014 was always going to be a year to celebrate for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSIC). Celebrating its 20th anniversary and looking forward to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, there were many events to anticipate. The year did not disappoint. From the Olympic triumphs of the athletes to moving into a new home with state-of-the-art facilities, 2014 was certainly a year to remember. President and CEO Dale Henwood summarizes the beginning of 2015 best, believing that, "As we start a new year it is important to reflect on the past and embrace the future. This is an exciting time to look forward and to prepare the CSI for growth and success while being mindful of the business environment in which we operate."

February's Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, was the highlight of 2014 from an athlete performance perspective. With CSIC supported athletes Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse, Erik Carleton, Chris Klebl, Brian McKeever, and members of the women's hockey team all coming home as Gold Medallists, the Institute's impact on success was reinforced. The success of the CSIC's winter athletes also served to give many summer athletes additional motivation as they prepared for amazing performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Those same summer athletes are now looking forward to the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

The 2014 move to the facilities at Canada Olympic Park was especially impactful for both employees and athletes at the CSIC. Aside from the benefits of the world-leading weight room and training facilities where the athletes are fitted with Under Armour sponsored uniforms, athletes have access to on-site services such as sport medicine, sport science testing, physical and mental consultants, and strength trainers. Included in the facility is an athletes' lounge complete with a beautiful kitchen that not only allows for prompt and proper recovery after training sessions, but has also served as the location of an increased number of nutrition information session such as the Taste Buds series. The CSIC staff have greatly benefitted from the move as well, with the new location allowing all staff members to work in one centralized location, providing increased communication and enhanced services to the athletes.

Never content with simply maintaining the status quo, the Performance Services teams at the CSIC have continued to improve their abilities and receive increasing accolades for their work. By transitioning into an Institute from a Centre there has been opportunity for increased communication amongst team members and the result has been improved integration of services. The impact on athletes has been evident, with the CSIC's highly skilled specialists continuing to be in high demand from National Sport Organizations who have requested increases in support for their athletes and coaches.

2014 also brought about exciting advancements in the CSIC's Life Services portfolio, with the long-anticipated launch of the Game Plan Program. Game Plan is a national program created with the intention of helping athletes focus on performance when it matters most while also preparing for success once their athletic careers have ended. Taking a proactive approach to both life and career planning, the program uses a customized approach to ensure that athletes' specific needs are being met. The program has already received a great deal of athlete praise over its ability to allow for optimal performances throughout every stage of athletes' careers by ensuring that they are focused on performance while also being prepared for a successful life after sport.

2014 was a year that significantly reinforced the CSIC's commitment to delivering world leading coaching development opportunities. Hosting the Global Coaches House conference during the Sochi Olympic Games in partnership with the International Council for Coach Excellence, the University of Calgary, and the Coaching Association of Canada, the CSIC continued to ensure that the vital role of coaching was not overlooked as a developing area. With 28 sessions over 10 days, Global Coaches House Calgary hosted international speakers who spoke on a variety of topics to support coaching at many different levels. The opportunity to learn from many of the world's best coaching minds attracted coaches from across Canada, including those who participated virtually. The CSIC continued to support the program during the Global Coaches House Glasgow, which offered on-site learning opportunities for coaches who were attending the Commonwealth Games.

Every year passes with successes and failures. Fortunately, 2014 went by as a year with many things to celebrate for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. As we move into 2015, The Year of Sport in Canada, Dale Henwood is enthused by "the huge opportunity for the CSI to have an even greater impact on the Canadian High Performance sport system." Here's to an amazing 2015 and another 20 years supporting high performance sport. Happy New Year!

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Written by Brittany Schussler: @bschussler
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto
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And…. They’re OFF!

Their bags are packed and they’re READY to go! On Friday August 5, Team Canada will be participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies at 5pm MT. Three hundred and thirteen athletes, 98 coaches and 107 support staff from 37 sports make up Team Canada. Eighty one per cent of the Canadian athletes competing in Rio are affiliated with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network.

CSI Calgary is proud to extend a special farewell and good luck to 21 CSI Calgary affiliated athletes in athletics, basketball, cycling, rowing, rugby sevens, shooting, soccer, swimming, volleyball (beach and indoor) and wrestling. Each athlete heads to Rio with their CSI Calgary “Team” beside them in spirit.

“I’m very excited,” says Mathieu Bilodeau, competing in the 50km race walk event. “It’s my first Olympics”. Originally competing in triathlon and swimming, Bilodeau made the switch to race walking two years ago.

Kelly Drager, CSI Calgary Performance Dietitian is also looking forward to her first Olympic experience as she travels to Rio with Wrestling Canada Lutte for testing and collecting data. In weight class sports, there are unique nutritional components that can make or break an athlete’s performance. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to see the work we’ve done with the athletes at CSI Calgary over the last four years come together at the Olympics,” says Drager.

Jasmine Mian, female wrestler in the 48kg event, is one of those athletes. "I relocated to Calgary in 2012 with hopes of making the Rio 2016 Olympic team. I always had an Olympic dream, but CSI Calgary helped me turn that dream into a reality,” says Mian. “The CSI staff combined their expertise in wrestling, strength and conditioning, nutrition and mental performance to help me become the best version of myself. I feel very prepared and hungry to reach the podium. I can't thank CSI Calgary enough for helping me realize my podium potential."

A special send-off to two-time Olympic wrestling medalist and CSI Calgary Next Generation coach Carol Huynh, in her role as Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada. Carol’s contribution to sport in Canada and her work with the International Wrestling Federation make her a good fit for this role. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be on Team Canada in a totally different way. I can bring my different experiences to the table,” says Huynh.

The CSI Calgary, is proud to support Canadian athletes training in Alberta in preparation for the Olympic/Paralympic Games. “We are excited for all Canadian athletes travelling to the Games,” says Dale Henwood, President and CEO of CSI Calgary. “We will all be watching them with such pride.”

CSI Calgary would like to thank our funding partners for enabling us to deliver our wide array of leading-edge services to athletes and coaches. We are grateful for their support: Sport Canada/Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Alberta Sport Connection, Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Paralympic Committee, WinSport and the University of Calgary.

They have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.

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Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto


Better People Better Athletes

High performance athletes are known for their intense focus and fierce dedication toward their sporting careers. In their quest for podium performances, well-rounded athletes look beyond their immediate sport goals and work towards balancing their lives and planning their futures. CSI Calgary has been promoting this holistic development of athletes as a core philosophy since its establishment. Over the years this culture has been nurtured and permeates the current and alumni athlete community.

Understanding that addressing “life outside and beyond” sport is a critical performance factor, the CSI Calgary delivers dedicated programs, and personnel to work alongside athletes, supporting them in a wide variety of areas. Recently, the more formalized national Game Plan program has significantly elevated the content and quality of services available.

In addition to being prepared for performance and life, CSI Calgary firmly believes that athletes who are prepared and confident off the field of play perform better. “Our aim is to prepare athletes to be responsible, confident, self-reliant and contributing citizens that are engaged with, and contribute back to the community,” says Dale Henwood, President and CEO. “Developing them as people helps them grow as athletes. Public support and connection to sport is better if we have good people representing our country.” Henwood has been a driving force promoting this philosophy for more than two decades.

Brad Spence, two-time Olympian and former CSI Calgary athlete is an example of an athlete giving back to the community. Retiring after the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, Spence decided to give back to the community by creating a not-for-profit organization, pulling together a Board of Directors that includes fellow CSI Calgary alumnus Jeff Christie. Originally Helmets for Heroes, the new Creative Impact Health Foundation focuses on concussion awareness and education to minimize the risk of traumatic brain injuries. So far they have completed 14 projects involving athletes with a CSI Calgary connection.

“As an athlete I feel I have a duty to give back,” says Spence. “I couldn’t have pursued my dreams and gotten to where I did, without the support of the community.” Spence is one of many CSI Calgary athletes and alumni using their lessons and success in sport to make our city a better place to live. Whether they are giving their time and energy sitting on non-profit Boards, contributing to existing foundations or starting their own, these athletes have embraced the concept of giving back to their community and acting as positive role models.

There are many organizations with a strong CSI Calgary connection, the following are some examples of athletes leading the development of local community programs: Fast & Female (Chandra Crawford), KidSport (Kathy Salmon), Right to Play (Clara Hughes), Ski Fit North (Becky Scott) and Wickfest (Hayley Wickenheiser).

“It is so encouraging to see the number of CSI Calgary current and alumni athletes dedicating their time towards different community initiatives,” says Cara Button, Director Stakeholder Relations and Game Plan administrator. “Seeing what athletes are doing validates our work.”

Game Plan is a world-class program developed to support national team athletes in living better lives both during their high-performance careers and beyond. The program is being delivered across Canada by the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN), supported by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and is powered by Deloitte.

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Written by Lisa Thomson


Canadian Sport Institute Calgary Leads By Example

The Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (CSIC) is recognized for being world-leaders in many areas of athlete development. It is due to this recognition that the CSIC has become accustomed to facilitating opportunities to learn and share information with many representatives from other sport organizations both domestically and internationally. Dale Henwood, President and CEO of the CSIC, takes great pride in the Institute's ability to help other institutions further their sport education, saying that people request to come here because the CSIC has a "reputation for having great expertise, great programs, a history of impact, and repeated performance success."

Henwood knows that the benefits of hosting both local and international visitors, and sharing some of his program's world-leading concepts, are to the benefit of everyone involved, including the CSIC. As always, everything is done with the Canadian athletes' best interests in mind, as Henwood states, "I believe you should share, and when you share everyone gets better."

Topics that are discussed between organizations vary depending on each other's strengths. For instance, at the beginning of November, a group of five women from the Japan Sport Council spent time in Calgary learning about how the CSIC has contributed to incredible success for female athletes on the international stage. The answer was simple: equal opportunity. Women within the CSIC programs are privileged to all of the same benefits that their male counterparts are, something that is not always found in sports communities around the world. This mandate has shown in Canada's Olympic results, with women winning 14.5 out of 26 Canadian medals at the Vancouver 2010 Games, 12 out of 25 medals at the Sochi 2014 Games, and 10 out of 18 Canadian medals at the London 2012 games.

This coming week, another Japan Sport Council representative is coming to discuss the main points of hosting an Olympic Games in their home country. As Calgary is world-renowned for the success of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are eager to investigate how to make their own home Games a success, both for the visiting countries and especially for their own athletes.

Plans are also being set in motion for the CSIC to host two representatives from the Sports Centre Papendal in the Netherlands. Their inquires pertain to the world-leading life services programs that the CSIC is a part of, such as the newly launched Game Plan Program and the Elite Athlete Work Experience Program (EAWEP). Both life services programs have been put in place to assist athletes with long term goals both inside and outside of sport. For example, Game Plan's main goal as Canada's athlete career transition program is to support and empower high performance athletes to pursue excellence during and beyond their sporting careers. Supporting athletes under the pillars of career, education, and personal development, the program uses a customized approach to ensure that athletes' specific needs are being met. Programs such as Game Plan and the EAWEP are significant contributors to the success of the CSIC's athletes because they give them confidence during their athletic careers that they will be well prepared for their lives after sport, relieving much of the anxiety that comes with spending early adulthood pursing sports excellence.

Be sure to visit www.csicalgary.ca to find out more about the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary's programs and services!

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CSIC’s President Henwood An International Leader

On April 23, 2015, the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary's President and CEO Dale Henwood participated in meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland between representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and members of the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC). Henwood is the Chair of the ASPC, an organization that was formed in 1999 and is made up of representatives from over 80 high performance training centres from 30 countries across the world. Every two years the members hold the Forum on Elite Sport to discuss initiatives that will help to elevate high performance sport across the globe, promote fellowship, and, ideally, make the world better through sport.

The goal of the ASPC meeting in Lausanne was to interact with members of the International Olympic Committee on the role and purpose of the ASPC and how they can assist the Olympic movement. Chair Henwood led the presentation along with the ASPC's Vice President for Europe Tapio Korjus (Finland), Secretary General Josep Escoda (Spain), and Treasurer Tracy Lamb (USA).

The ASPC's proposal was aimed at promoting exposure of their association to the IOC. The ASPC members outlined their desire to share best practices among countries and high performance centres. This created the opportunity to present fresh perspectives and up to date information in the world of sport. The objective of ASPC members is to stay abreast of what other leading nations are doing through identifying trends and challenges within high performance centres. Additionally, the ASPC members place importance on sharing their knowledge with developing countries in order to assist these countries, and their athletes, reach world class levels.

The CSIC's involvement with the ASPC is an example of the Institute's leadership amongst high performance sport centres around the world. It is an opportunity to promote the CSIC globally. The CSIC continues to generate international respect and is recognized as being among the best in the world at delivering quality programs and expertise to Canadian athletes and coaches. ASPC involvement allows the CSIC to stay on the cutting edge and to be integrated in the global sport community. Furthermore, the interaction amongst members allows the profile of CSIC to be shared with organizations such as the IOC, Pan American Sport Organizations, Association of National Olympic Committees and other leading high performance centres. Henwood describes his involvement in the ASPC as vitally important because he believes that the CSIC should "continue to be forward thinking and outward reaching in all that we do."

To find out more about the ASPC please visit www.sportperformancecentres.org.


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Written by Brittany Schussler: @BSchussler

De meilleures personnes, de meilleurs athlètes

Les athlètes de haut niveau sont reconnus pour leur intense détermination et leur dévouement à toute épreuve à l’égard de leur carrière sportive. Dans leur quête de performances dignes du podium, les athlètes complets voient plus loin que leurs objectifs sportifs immédiats et cherchent à équilibrer leurs vies ainsi qu’à planifier leur avenir. L’ICS Calgary fait la promotion de ce développement holistique des athlètes comme principale philosophie depuis sa fondation. Au fil des ans, cette culture a été encouragée et est omniprésente au sein de la communauté d’anciens athlètes.

L’ICS Calgary comprend que s’occuper de « la vie à l’extérieur et au-delà du sport » constitue un facteur de performance critique et offre donc des programmes spécialisés tout en mettant à la disposition des athlètes des employés qui les appuient dans un vaste éventail de domaines. Récemment, le programme national normalisé Plan de match a haussé de manière importante le contenu et la qualité des services offerts.

L’ICS Calgary croit fermement que les athlètes qui sont prêts et confiants en dehors du terrain de jeu, en plus d’être préparés pour la performance et pour la vie en général, performent mieux. « Notre objectif est de préparer les athlètes à être des citoyens responsables, confiants, autonomes et collaboratifs qui s’engagent dans la communauté et redonnent », explique Dale Henwood, président et directeur. « En faire de meilleures personnes contribue à en faire de meilleurs athlètes. Le soutien publique et la connexion au sport sont accrus si nous avons de bonnes personnes pour représenter notre pays. » M. Henwood est grandement responsable de la promotion de cette philosophie depuis plus de deux décennies.

Brad Spence, deux fois olympien et ancien de l’ICS Calgary est un exemple d’athlète qui redonne à la communauté. Ayant pris sa retraite après les Jeux olympiques d’hiver de Sotchi en 2014, Brad a décidé de redonner à la communauté en créant un organisme sans but lucratif, formant un conseil d’administration auquel siège un ancien de l’ICS Calgary, Jeff Christie. Anciennement Helmets for Heroes, la nouvelle fondation Creative Impact vise à sensibiliser les gens quant aux commotions cérébrales et à les renseigner afin de minimiser le risque de traumatismes crâniens. Jusqu’ici, ils ont mené à terme 14 projets auxquels ont participé des athlètes liés à l’ICS Calgary.

« En tant qu’athlète, j’estime que j’ai le devoir de redonner », affirme Brad. « Je n’aurais pas pu poursuivre mes rêves et je ne serais pas là où je suis sans l’apport de la collectivité ». Brad est l’un des nombreux athlètes et anciens de l’ICS Calgary qui s’appuient sur les leçons apprises et sur leur réussite sportive pour faire de notre ville un meilleur endroit où vivre. Que ce soit en consacrant une partie de leur temps et de leur énergie à siéger à des conseils d’administration d’organismes sans but lucratif, en contribuant à des fondations existantes ou en créant leur propre fondation, ces athlètes ont adopté le concept de redonner à leur communauté et de servir de modèles positifs.

De nombreuses organisations sont solidement liées à l’ICS Calgary. Voici des exemples d’athlètes qui dirigent le développement de programmes communautaires locaux : Fast & Female (Chandra Crawford), KidSport (Kathy Salmon), Right to Play (Clara Hughes), Ski Fit North (Becky Scott) et Wickfest (Hayley Wickenheiser).

« C’est tellement encourageant de voir le nombre d’athlètes et d’anciens de l’ICS Calgary qui consacrent leur temps à différentes initiatives communautaires », souligne Cara Button, directrice des relations avec les intervenants et administratrice du programme Plan de match. « Voir ce que les athlètes font nous encourage à continuer. »

Plan de match est un programme de calibre mondial en cours d’élaboration qui vise à aider les athlètes membres des équipes nationales à améliorer leurs conditions de vie durant leur carrière sportive de haut niveau, et après celle-ci. Le Réseau des instituts de sport olympique et paralympique du Canada (Réseau ISOP), appuyé par le Comité olympique canadien (COC), le Comité paralympique canadien (CPC) et Sport Canada, offre ce programme parrainé par Deloitte dans tout le pays.

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Rédigé par Lisa Thomson


Esau, Gallinger, and the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary Elevate Parasport Programs

McDougall Training with GallingerShane Esau and Tessa Gallinger did not set out to become the country's leading parasport exercise physiologist and strength and power para-specialist. They each had set out on traditional sport career paths at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and fell into the relatively unchartered world of parasport science. Now, Esau and Gallinger are running programs for 32 athletes across 13 different sports. The athletes that they train are competing in spite of disabilities that include spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, amputation, and visual impairment, all with varying degrees of severity.

Esau and Gallinger firmly believe that the work of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary is second to none in Canada. Operating under the mission to be a key contributor to Canada's world-leading Olympic and Paralympic podium performances, Esau credits the work of the Institute's leaders, Dale Henwood, Jason Poole, Rosemary Neil, and Dr. David Smith as being "instrumental in being able to have the program we do." By blurring the line that traditionally exists between able-bodied and parasports, these industry experts have allowed for the funding, time, and research necessary to improve the training systems needed to become world-leaders in the realm of parasports.

The program has already seen success, bringing home 6 medals from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and 5 medals from the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Much of that can be attributed to the work done by the dynamic combination of Esau and Gallinger, who are swift to mention the support contributed by their colleague Jared Fletcher, a PhD student in exercise physiology at the University of Calgary. The parasport program, run by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, aims to continue its growth with the implementation of a new practicum program focusing on Paralympic strength and conditioning at the University of Calgary.

Due to the enormous range in abilities, Gallinger and Esau's positions involve conducting extensive research into every individual athlete's health concerns before creating their training programs. Even athletes with the same difficulties are treated on a case-by-case basis, because no two athletes react exactly alike to intense training.

One of the biggest challenges that Gallinger has found facing para-athletes is their unfamiliarity with basic body movements. Because of their disabilities, athletes have often been limited in their ability to participate in physical education classes and recreational sports. As an example, Gallinger points out that before working with her, "a lot of athletes did not know how to skip. Once they learn, they excel." Esau has noticed also recognized this trend, saying, "The athletes are novices in terms of learning how to move their bodies even though they are great athletes."

Esau and Gallinger are undeniably big supporters of each other's work, and have mutual admiration for the passion that their athletes exhibit. The unwavering support from the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, along with the University of Calgary and WinSport, has enabled the parasport program to continue to grow up until this point. With a goal of being the world-leading Paralympic team in the future, the team is continuing their research and specialization by building on the incredible foundation that has been set.

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Gagner de la bonne façon

(Arianne Jones, Luge)

Dans un monde où nous n’avons jamais été aussi liés les uns les autres, nombre d’entre nous connaissent des moments, des jours, des semaines ou des mois, durant lesquels nous nous sentons complètement déconnectés et totalement seuls. Cette rupture est évidente quand on constate le vaste éventail de problèmes de santé mentale qui existent; parfois, c’est une mauvaise journée, parfois, c’est une sévère dépression.

Dans le sport de haute performance, les athlètes sont en général perçus comme forts et infaillibles. Cependant, comme tout le monde, ils ne sont pas immunisés contre la maladie mentale. De nombreux athlètes sont aux prises avec des problèmes tels que des troubles alimentaires, la consommation de drogues, des troubles anxieux ou la dépression, et ils peuvent être portés à croire qu’ils auront l’air faibles s’ils cherchent de l’aide pour des questions de santé mentale ou d’ordre émotionnel.

Aujourd’hui, cependant, la situation entourant la santé mentale change radicalement. En fait, la maladie mentale constitue maintenant un problème médical légitime et sérieux dans la société.

L’une des meilleures athlètes olympiques du Canada travaille sans relâche pour amener le problème de la maladie mentale à l’avant-plan. Clara Hughes, cycliste, patineuse de vitesse et ancienne de l’ICS Calgary, est la porte-parole depuis maintenant cinq ans de la campagne Bell Cause pour la cause, qui vise à sensibiliser à la maladie mentale et à en effacer les stigmates. En racontant son combat contre la dépression, Clara a donné un côté humain à la maladie mentale et inspiré d’innombrables personnes à s’exprimer et à chercher de l’aide.

À l’ICS Calgary, la santé mentale et le mieux-être constituent depuis longtemps une priorité et le programme Plan de match offre des services de soutien facilement accessibles. « Nous avons toujours fourni des services en santé mentale à nos athlètes », affirme Cara Button, directrice des relations avec les intervenants et administratrice du programme Plan de match. « Les athlètes l’apprécient, car ils ont un endroit où aller lorsqu’ils ont besoin d’aide. Le président et directeur Dale Henwood mérite des éloges pour avoir mis sur pied ce processus. »

Frank van den Berg, directeur de la performance mentale, a travaillé avec son équipe pour intégrer la santé mentale globale dans leur champ de pratique. Cela a donné lieu à la mise en place d’options d’intervention et de programmes dans des secteurs comme l’optimisation de l’amélioration de la performance, la gestion du dysfonctionnement de la performance et le traitement de la perte de performance.

« Nous nous efforçons de “gagner de la bonne façon”, souligne Frank van den Berg. Nous nous attardons au côté humain du sport. » Cette approche holistique permet de veiller à ce que la mentalité « gagner à tout prix » n’entraîne pas le sacrifice de la santé à long terme d’un athlète, de ses relations et de son bien-être.

Frank van den Berg et Cara Button ont constaté que les athlètes parlent de plus en plus facilement de problèmes de santé mentale. « C’est beaucoup plus facile d’aborder le sujet de la santé ou de la maladie mentale aujourd’hui », mentionne Button. « Il y a beaucoup plus d’athlètes qui abordent le sujet avec moi qu’auparavant », ajoute van den Berg. « Je parle de santé mentale régulièrement avec les athlètes; quelle est leur passion, qu’est-ce qu’ils veulent accomplir dans le sport, arrivent-ils à composer avec les attentes et les pressions du sport et de la vie en général? »

Frank van den Berg souligne qu’il est primordial d’intervenir rapidement lorsque des problèmes surviennent. « Il faut souligner le fait que beaucoup de cas peuvent être pris en main efficacement avant que les problèmes ne s’aggravent ». Button acquiesce : « Il est prouvé que la dépression peut être bien traitée si on intervient suffisamment tôt. »

Aujourd’hui, l’ICS Calgary appuie la journée Bell Cause pour la cause en organisant pour ses employés et les athlètes le dîner réconfortant suprême : des « grilled cheese » et de la soupe aux tomates. L’idée est de se réunir l’instant d’un repas, de passer du temps ensemble et de bavarder. C’est simple, oui, mais il faut parfois une expérience communautaire pour que chacun s’ouvre aux autres et partage.

« C’est pour nous une façon d’appuyer la campagne Bell Cause pour la cause et d’encourager ce sens de la communauté à l’ICS Calgary, explique Button. Nous voulons souligner la journée et contribuer à bâtir notre propre communauté. »

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Rédigé par Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo de Dave Holland: @CSICalgaryPhoto

L’institut canadien du sport de Calgary prêche par l’exemple

L'institut canadien du sport de Calgary (ICSC) est reconnu pour son excellence dans plusieurs domaines du développement des athlètes. C'est en raison de cette reconnaissance que l'ICSC s'est habitué à faciliter les occasions d'apprendre et d'échanger des renseignements avec de nombreux représentants d'autres organismes de sports, tant à l'échelle nationale qu'internationale. Dale Henwood, président et directeur général de l'ICSC, tire une grande fierté de la capacité de l'Institut à aider les autres institutions à faire progresser leur éducation sportive. Il mentionne que les gens demandent à venir à l'ICSC parce qu'il est « réputé pour posséder une excellente expertise, d'excellents programmes, un passé influent et des réussites répétées en matière de performance ».

La chose à faire

L’influence d’un entraîneur sur un athlète est immense. L’entraîneur contribue directement à l’expérience de l’athlète et a sans aucun doute l’incidence la plus grande sur le déroulement de sa carrière en favorisant son épanouissement et sa réussite, et en orientant ses performances. S’assurer que l’expérience demeure positive et encourageante est une énorme responsabilité pour chaque entraîneur.

Récemment, cette responsabilité s’est vue renforcée par une nouvelle initiative coordonnée par l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs (ACE) et le Centre canadien pour l’éthique dans le sport (CCES). Le mouvement Entraînement responsable (MER) s’applique à l’ensemble du système et aborde le rôle de l’entraîneur quant à la santé et la sécurité des athlètes, tant dans le sport que dans leur vie personnelle.

On encourage les organismes de sport de tous les échelons (national, provincial, territorial et communautaire) à déclarer leur engagement et à adopter les nouvelles politiques pour assurer l’influence positive des entraîneurs sur les athlètes et le sport canadien. Dernièrement, l’ICS Calgary est devenu le premier organisme multisport du Canada à le faire.

Par cet engagement, l’ICS Calgary promet de mettre en place des politiques et des procédures de soutien qui s’alignent sur les trois sphères clés du mouvement : la règle de deux, la vérification des antécédents (dont le casier judiciaire) et la formation sur le respect et l’éthique. La règle de deux vise à protéger les athlètes mineurs dans des situations de vulnérabilité potentielles en garantissant la présence de plus d’un adulte aux compétitions ou aux camps d’entraînement.

Dale Henwood, président et chef de la direction de l’ICS Calgary, voit le MER comme une occasion pour l’Institut et ses entraîneurs de maintenir les normes les plus élevées en matière de bien-être des athlètes. « Le MER contribue à la profession d’entraîneur, pour assurer que nos athlètes collaborent avec de bonnes personnes qui font preuve d’éthique », a déclaré M. Henwood.

L’ICS Calgary a toujours cherché à offrir un environnement motivant, positif et agréable aux athlètes. M. Henwood précise que l’entraîneur est essentiel à la création d’un tel environnement. « Nous voulons assurer la sécurité des athlètes et protéger les entraîneurs, a mentionné Jason Sjostrom, directeur du programme d’entraînement de l’ICS Calgary. L’ICS Calgary se doit d’appuyer ces politiques. » De plus, le MER peut sensibiliser davantage les employés et les bénévoles du milieu sportif. Selon M. Sjostrom, « en cas de manquement, on peut s’appuyer sur le mouvement pour dire : “ce n’est pas correct”. Le MER exige cette responsabilité. »

À ce jour, le MER connaît beaucoup de succès, ayant obtenu l’engagement de plus de 40 clubs communautaires et organismes nationaux, provinciaux et territoriaux de sport. Luge Canada a été l’une des premières ONS à déclarer son engagement et depuis, neuf autres lui ont emboîté le pas. L’objectif à long terme est d’obtenir l’engagement de toutes les ONS.

Essentiellement, le MER veut offrir une expérience sportive positive aux athlètes de tous âges, des programmes locaux et communautaires au sport élite de haut niveau. M. Henwood indique que depuis le début, l’ICS Calgary a tout mis en place pour assurer l’influence positive des entraîneurs sur les athlètes.

Bref, le MER incarne la rectitude. M. Henwood n’a pas hésité une seconde à déclarer son engagement. « Lorsque nous avons amené l’idée au conseil, nous étions convaincus que c’était la chose à faire. »

Institut canadien du sport de Calgary : @csicalgary
Rédigé par Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo de Dave Holland: @CSICalgaryPhoto

Le président de l’ICSC reconnu comme un meneur international

Le 23 avril dernier, le président et directeur général de l'Institut canadien du sport de Calgary, Dale Henwood, a pris part à une rencontre réunissant les représentants du Comité international olympique (CIO) et des membres de l'Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC, association internationale de centres d'entraînement de haut niveau) à Lausanne, en Suisse. M. Henwood est le président de l'ASPC, une association fondée en 1999 et formée de représentants de plus de 80 centres d'entraînement de haut niveau répartis dans 30 pays. Le Forum sur l'élite sportive réunit les membres tous les deux ans pour échanger sur les initiatives de promotion du sport de haut niveau à travers le monde, favoriser la solidarité et, ultimement, promouvoir la paix à travers le sport.

L'objectif de la réunion de l'ASPC à Lausanne était de mieux faire connaître la mission de l'ASPC aux membres du CIO et de déterminer le rôle qu'elle pourrait jouer dans le mouvement olympique. Le président Henwood s'est chargé de la présentation de l'association avec le vice-président de l'ASPC pour l'Europe, Tapio Korjus (Finlande), le secrétaire général Josep Escoda (Espagne) et la trésorière Tracy Lamb (États-Unis).

La présentation de l'ASPC visait à promouvoir l'association auprès du CIO. Les membres de l'ASPC ont souligné la volonté de l'association de se faire le lieu de partage des pratiques gagnantes entre pays et centres d'entraînement de haut niveau. Ils ont également tiré parti de cette occasion pour présenter leurs pratiques novatrices et transmettre les données les plus récentes du monde du sport. L'objectif de l'association est de rester au fait des avancées internationales dans le monde du sport en cernant les défis et les tendances des centres d'entraînement de haut niveau. Les membres de l'ASPC souhaitent aussi transmettre leurs connaissances aux pays en développement, afin d'aider leurs athlètes à se hisser au niveau mondial.

La contribution de l'ICSC à l'ASPC est une autre preuve du leadership de l'Institut dans le monde des centres d'entraînement de haut niveau. C'est également une occasion de promouvoir l'ICSC à l'international. L'Institut continue de gagner le respect de ses pairs et est aujourd'hui reconnu comme l'un des meilleurs centres d'entraînement au monde pour l'expertise de ses programmes destinés aux athlètes et entraîneurs canadiens. La participation de l'ICSC à l'ASPC permet à l'Institut de rester à la fine pointe de l'entraînement de haut niveau et de faire partie intégrante de la communauté sportive mondiale. Elle permet aussi aux membres de l'ICSC de faire connaître le travail de l'Institut auprès des membres du CIO, de l'organisation sportive panaméricaine, de l'Association des comités nationaux olympiques et d'autres centres d'entraînement de haut niveau. M. Henwood considère que son rôle au sein de l'ASPC est de première importance puisqu'il croit que l'ICSC doit « continuer d'être innovant et ouvert sur le monde dans tout ce que nous faisons. »

Pour en savoir davantage sur l'ASPC, veuillez visiter l'adresse www.sportperformancecentres.org.

Institut canadien du sport de Calgary : @csicalgary
Rédigé par Brittany Schussler: @BSchussler

Outstanding Player Supports Next Gen Athletes

Bo Levi Mitchell is no stranger to fast-paced high-risk sport, and the injuries that can result from them. When injuries happen, return to play is the primary focus. Professional athletes have access to top-of-the-line para medical treatments, but this is not always the case for other high performance athletes. This is where Mitchell has decided to lend his support – to CSI Calgary Next Gen athletes in high risk mountain sports.

The Calgary Stampeders quarterback joined the elite club of Canadian Football League athletes last year when he received the 2016 Most Outstanding Player award and was recognized as Shaw’s CFL Top Performer for 2016. As part of the program, Mitchell was given $25,000 from Shaw Communications to donate to his charities of choice. Mitchell decided he would like to play a part in helping younger athletes receive pre-injury baseline assessments and post injury treatment. “I know the expertise required to bring an athlete back to their sport after injury and I’d like to be able to help them move forward to pursue their dreams.” Concussion and knee injuries are two of the rehabilitation areas in which he is most interested.

With football’s potential for acute unforeseeable injuries, Mitchell knows what it takes to fully recover. He has chosen to invest in Next Gen athletes because he sees their aspirations and knows the impact he can make by increasing their access to resources. “I’m mesmerized by the guts and athleticism in these young athletes in sports like Ski Cross, Freestyle, Slopestyle and Alpine skiing,” says Mitchell. “I have a ton of respect for them as I watch their speed and the elements they battle in their sports.”

“We are so appreciative that Bo Levi has chosen to support these Next Gen athletes in their quest to reach the next level,” says Dale Henwood, CSI Calgary President and CEO. “Injuries can prove to be a costly venture when working towards return to sport. This donation will make a difference.” Some of the services CSI Calgary can provide athletes include baseline testing, physiotherapy, expedited MRIs, concussion tools and proper muscular skeletal assessments.

Originally from Katy, Texas, Mitchell and his wife have been in Calgary since 2012. Active members in the Calgary community, they are involved with many charitable causes in Calgary and Southern Alberta. True role models, the Mitchells take pride in giving back. Among their initiatives to improve our community, they work with YouthLink, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Police Recreational Youth Mentoring Experience, and Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research. Mitchell also hosts 10-15 kids at every home game through Bo’s QB Club.

Last November Mitchell was also awarded the Herm Harrison Memorial Award for the second straight year, given to a Calgary Stampeders player who distinguishes himself in the field of community service.

CSI Calgary thanks Bo Levi Mitchell for his generosity and would also like to congratulate the Mitchell family on the birth of their daughter last week.

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Lisa Thomson


The Right Thing To Do

The impact that a coach can have on an athlete is profound. From nurturing development to guiding performance to fostering success – the coach is integral to the athlete experience and undoubtedly has the greatest influence on an athlete’s career. Ensuring that the experience remains positive and encouraging is an enormous responsibility for any coach.

This responsibility has recently been bolstered by a new initiative coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a system-wide movement designed to address the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.

National, provincial, territorial and community sport organizations are encouraged to sign the pledge and adopt new policies to ensure the impact of coaches is a positive one for athletes and for Canadian sport. The CSI Calgary has recently become the first multi-sport organization in Canada to sign on to the RCM.

By making the pledge, the CSI Calgary has committed to implementing supportive policies and processes that adhere to the three key areas of focus: the Rule of Two, Background Screening (including Criminal Record Checks) and Respect and Ethics Training. The Rule of Two ensures that two adults are present at competitions and training camps with minor athletes, which serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations.

For Dale Henwood, President and CEO of the CSI Calgary, the RCM represents an opportunity for the institute and its coaches to uphold the highest standard of care for its athletes. “The RCM helps coaching as a profession, to ensure that we have good quality, ethical people working with our athletes,” says Henwood.

The CSI Calgary has always worked towards providing a motivating encouraging and enjoyable environment for the athletes. Henwood says that the coach is an essential part of helping to create that. “We want to ensure that athletes are safe and that coaches are protected,” says Jason Sjostrom, CSI Calgary Coaching Program Director. “The CSI Calgary has a responsibility to support these policies.” Additionally, the RCM can increase awareness for all staff and volunteers involved in sport. According to Sjostrom, “when there are violations you have a vehicle to say ‘this isn’t right’. This RCM demands that accountability.”

To date, the RCM has had great success, with more than forty NSOs, P/TSOs, and community clubs taking the pledge. Luge Canada was one of the first NSOs to take the pledge and nine others have since joined as well. The long-term goal is to see all NSOs take the pledge.

Ultimately, the RCM is about providing a positive sport experience for athletes of all ages, from grassroots and community programs right up to high performance elite sport. Henwood says that from the beginning the CSI Calgary has worked to make sure coaches are having a positive impact on their athletes.

Simply put, the RCM speaks to the heart of what is good and right. For Henwood, the decision to sign the pledge was easy. “When we went to the CSI Calgary board with this, it was strongly felt it was the right thing to do.”

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto

Un joueur étoile appuie les athlètes Prochaine génération

Bo Levi Mitchell connaît bien le sport dynamique à haut risque et les blessures qu’il peut entraîner. Après une blessure, le retour au jeu est l’objectif principal. Bien que les athlètes professionnels aient accès aux meilleurs traitements paramédicaux, ce n’est pas toujours le cas pour les autres athlètes de haut niveau. Bo Levi a donc décidé d’appuyer les athlètes Prochaine génération de l’Institut canadien du sport Calgary qui participent à des sports de montagne à haut risque.

L’an dernier, le quart-arrière des Stampeders de Calgary a rejoint le club de l’élite des athlètes de la Ligue canadienne de football alors qu’il a reçu le prix du joueur par excellence de 2016 et a été nommé Joueur par excellence de la LCF en 2016 par Shaw. Dans le cadre du programme, Shaw Communications lui a remis 25 000 $ pour qu’il en fasse don à l’organisme caritatif de son choix. Bo Levi a décidé d’aider les athlètes plus jeunes à recevoir des évaluations de référence avant la blessure et des traitements après la blessure. « Je sais que l’expertise est nécessaire pour ramener un athlète à son sport après une blessure et j’aimerais aider les athlètes à progresser dans la réalisation de leurs rêves. » Il s’intéresse particulièrement à la réadaptation pour les commotions cérébrales et les blessures aux genoux.

En raison des risques élevés de blessures graves imprévisibles du football, Bo Levi comprend les efforts nécessaires pour arriver à un rétablissement complet. Il a choisi d’investir dans les athlètes Prochaine génération parce qu’il voit leurs rêves et sait qu’il peut faire une différence en améliorant leur accès aux ressources. « Je suis fasciné par le courage et les capacités athlétiques des jeunes athlètes qui font du ski cross, du ski acrobatique, du slopestyle et du ski alpin, explique Bo Levi. Je les admire énormément quand je vois leur vitesse et les éléments qu’ils doivent affronter dans leur sport. »

« Nous sommes très reconnaissants de l’appui de Bo Levi envers les athlètes Prochaine génération souhaitant atteindre le niveau supérieur, indique Dale Henwood, Président et chef de la direction de l’ICS Calgary. Les blessures peuvent s’avérer être une aventure coûteuse lorsqu’un athlète travaille à son retour au sport. Ce don fera une différence. » Parmi les services que l’ICS Calgary peut offrir aux athlètes, on retrouve des tests de référence, de la physiothérapie, un processus d’examen par IRM sans délai, des outils d’évaluation des commotions cérébrales et des évaluations musculosquelettiques appropriées.

Originaires de Katy au Texas, Bo Levi Mitchell et sa femme vivent à Calgary depuis 2012. Membres actifs de la communauté de Calgary, ils s’impliquent auprès de plusieurs organismes caritatifs à Calgary et dans le sud de l’Alberta. Redonner est une grande fierté pour les Mitchell qui sont de véritables modèles à suivre. Leur collaboration avec YouthLink, les Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs, le programme Police Recreational Youth Mentoring Experience et le Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research sont quelques-unes de contributions pour améliorer leur communauté. Grâce au Club du quart-arrière de Bo, il invite de 10 à 15 enfants à chaque partie jouée à Calgary.

En novembre dernier, Bo Levi a également reçu pour la deuxième année consécutive le Herm Harrison Memorial Award, décerné à un joueur des Stampeders de Calgary qui s’est démarqué pour son travail communautaire.

L’ICS Calgary remercie Bo Levi Mitchell de sa générosité et voudrait féliciter les Mitchell pour la naissance de leur fille, la semaine dernière.

Institut canadien du sport de Calgary : @csicalgary
Rédigé par Lisa Thomson


Winning The Right Way

(Arianne Jones, Luge)

In a world where we have never been so connected, many of us have moments, days, weeks or months where we feel wholly disconnected and utterly alone. This disconnect is evident across a broad spectrum of mental health issues – sometimes it means having a bad day, sometimes it means struggling with severe depression.

In high performance sport, athletes are generally perceived as strong and unbreakable. But like everyone else, athletes are not immune to mental illness. Many struggle with issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety or depression and may feel that seeking help for mental or emotional problems will make them appear weak.

Today however, the landscape surrounding mental health is shifting dramatically. In fact, mental illness has emerged as a legitimate and serious medical issue in society.

One of Canada’s most successful Olympians has worked tirelessly to bring the issue of mental illness to the fore. Clara Hughes, cyclist, speed skater and CSI Calgary alumnus, has spearheaded the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for the past five years, aimed at raising awareness and erasing the stigma of mental illness. By sharing her personal struggles with depression, Hughes has humanized mental illness and inspired countless others to speak up and seek the help they need.

At the CSI Calgary, mental health and well-being has long been upheld as a priority and support services have been readily available through Game Plan. “We’ve always had a good ability to provide mental health services to athletes,” says Cara Button, Director of Stakeholder Relations and administrator of the Game Plan Program. “Athletes have appreciated it because it has given them a place to go when they need help. President and CEO Dale Henwood deserves a lot of credit for enabling this process.”

Frank van den Berg, Director of Mental Performance, has worked with his team to incorporate general mental health into their scope of practice. This has led to the development of intervention and programming options in areas such as optimizing performance enhancement, managing performance dysfunction and addressing performance impairment.

“We focus on ‘Winning the Right Way’,” says van den Berg. “We pay attention to the human side of sport.” This holistic approach ensures that the “winning at any cost” mentality does not sacrifice an athlete’s long-term health, relationships, and well-being.

Both van den Berg and Button have seen an increase in athletes’ willingness to come forward with mental health issues. “It’s much easier to bring up the topic of mental health or illness now,” says Button. “I see way more athletes initiating the conversation with me than before.” Adds van den Berg, “I have these conversations regularly with athletes to address their mental health – what is their passion, what do they want to accomplish in sport, are they able to cope and respond to expectations and pressures in sport and life?”

When problems do arise, van den Berg stresses that early intervention is critical. “It should not be underestimated that a lot of cases can be dealt with effectively before issues become severe.” Button agrees, “There is evidence to support that depression can be well managed if it is caught early enough.”

Today, the CSI Calgary is supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day by hosting a lunch with the ultimate comfort food – grilled cheese and tomato soup – for CSI Calgary staff and athletes. The idea is to come together for a meal, share some time together and have a conversation. Simple, yes, but sometimes all it takes is a communal experience to open the door for each other to share.

“It’s a way for us to support Bell Let’s Talk Day and to encourage that sense of community at CSI Calgary,” says Button. “We want to recognize the day and work on building our own community.”

On January 25, 2017, Bell will donate $.05 more towards mental health initiatives in Canada when you use social media. For more information: Bell Let’s Talk.

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary: @csicalgary
Written by Kristina Groves: @kngrover
Photo by Dave Holland: @csicalgaryphoto

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