CSIO RIO 2016 GAMES TRACKER: INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Yours to Discover: Team Canada and the Ontario Athletes for the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games

For Immediate Release

TORONTO (August 4, 2016) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is privileged to work with many sports, teams and groups of athletes leading up to the Rio Games. In addition, CSIO practitioners work with many individual carded athletes from a variety of sports such as badminton, boxing, and wrestling who will be competing at the Games. These athletes, in consultation with their coach and sport organization, access CSIO’s sport science and sport medicine services and expert practitioners to assist them in achieving their optimal performance.

CSIO practitioners create an Integrated Support Team (IST) for individual athletes, working with their sport, coach and external practitioners to ensure all of the athletes’ needs are met. Based on conversations with the athletes and their coach, CSIO maps out service provision to align with their yearly training plan (YTP). In some cases, CSIO practitioners travel to assess athletes in their sport-specific daily training environment and training facilities.

Individual athletes may also access CSIO’s services when they need to rehabilitate from an injury. Receiving treatment and care at the CSIO has facilitated speedy recoveries for many of Canada’s elite athletes. This includes access to expert sport medicine and therapy services, as well as state-of-the-art equipment such as the Hydro Works therapy pool (with an underwater treadmill with video analysis capabilities), the Woodway Blade treadmill (which is embedded in the floor and athletes can skate, bike or wheel on), and the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill.

In addition, many individual athletes who already have their own IST established, but still choose to access CSIO’s world-class facility. All Sport Canada carded athletes have access to CSIO’s strength and conditioning gym during open training hours.

Some of the individual athletes CSIO has supported during the quadrennial includes:

  • Arthur Biyarslanov, Boxing
  • Maxime Brink-Croteau, Fencing
  • Mandy Bujold, Boxing
  • Crispin Duenas, Archery
  • Michelle Li, Badminton
  • Keegan Pereira, Field Hockey
  • Donna Vakalis, Modern Pentathlon

Above all, CSIO practitioners are leaders in their respective fields, supported by an administrative team who are equally committed to assisting athlete and coach development toward international podium performances.

About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes and coaches to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. CSIO offers athletes a range of sport science and sport medicine services including nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, strength & conditioning, mental performance, sport therapy and life services. CSIO also delivers programming and services to National and Provincial Sport Organizations and coaches to work towards building a stronger sport system in Ontario and Canada.

CSIO services approximately 700 high performance athletes and 250 coaches, at its main facility at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, its satellite location at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, and in daily training environments across Ontario. CSIO is part of a larger network of 4 institutes and 3 multi-sport centres across the country known as the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the

Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. CSIO is further supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada, along with the National and Provincial Sport Organizations within the sector.  www.csiontario.ca

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Media Contact:
Laura Albright, Senior Communications Coordinator
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 Ext. 238
Email: lalbright@csiontario.ca

Photo from the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

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