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Key Organizations

The 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program

The final version of the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) is now available. The 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) continues the Canadian effort in the fight against doping in sport. The 2015 CADP is in all respects compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all International Standards. Adopting Sport Organizations in Canada will be fully compliant with the Code.

The 2015 CADP will come into effect on January 1, 2015, ensuring Canada’s continued compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Click here to view the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport serves to elevate the conscience of sport in Canada. They work for, and on behalf of athletes, players, coaches, parents, officials and administrators. The CCES operates at the intersection of individual values, the shared values of society and the values of sport. They serve as a strong voice in the dialogue regarding ethics in Canadian sport and through three strategic forces they activate, advocate and protect. To learn more, please visit the CCES website at: CCES.ca

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

The World Anti-Doping Agency promotes, coordinates and monitors the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. WADA’s chief activities focus in seven areas emanating from the responsibilities given to the Agency by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and reflect the importance of a comprehensive approach to the fight against doping in sport. To learn more about these seven areas, please visit the WADA website at: http://www.wada-ama.org/en/

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC)

The SDRCC is Canada’s premier source for tools and information to help prevent and resolve disputes at the highest levels of the Canadian sport system. Their mission is to provide to the sport community a) a national alternative dispute resolution service for sport disputes; and b) expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution.

Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program (AAP)

All Sport Canada AAP carded athletes residing in Ontario, should register with Performance Services, Coordinator Jennifer Stairs – Email jstairs@csiontario.ca Telephone: 647.725.9928. In registering with the CSIO, you will be able to access performance, life and support services province-wide.

All Sport Canada AAP carded athletes should review the materials posted online through the Government of Canada: http://pch.gc.ca  

Topics of interest may include:

  • Tuition Support & Deferred Tuition
  • Special-Needs Assistance
  • Child-Care Expenses
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Retirement Assistance

AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN is the Association of Canada’s National Team Athletes. It is a multi-sport service organization representing all national team athletes including Aboriginal, Paralympic, Pan American Games, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games athletes, among others. Athletes who are members of Canada’s national teams, or athletes who have retired from a senior national team within the past eight years are considered members of AthletesCAN. Learn more about AthletesCAN including bursary opportunities and other available benefits. Visit their website: http://www.athletescan.com/

Key Tools

What is Mental Health?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, an increasing number of high performance athletes struggle with mental health issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, many of these athletes may feel that seeking help for mental or emotional problems may make them appear weak. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As reported in sport psychiatry research by Reardon and Factor (2010), appropriate diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in high performance athletes is critical for their careers and life. Therefore by reducing the stigma attached to mental illness and increasing awareness in the high performance sport population, we will ultimately help the athletes to help themselves, continue to work hard and perform at the highest level with enjoyment.

For more information about mental health and available resources click here: http://www.mygameplan.ca/mentalhealth/

Psychological Recovery Tools

For optimal performance, there needs to be optimal training and optimal recovery. Sometimes recovery takes a back seat with the busy schedules that athletes have. But remember there are little things throughout the day that you can do. The CSIO has a few tools that can assist you:

  1. The Recovery Pod is special lounging pod that allows the athlete to rest and relax for the optimal nap time of 20 minutes. It has a variety of programs so you can individualize your nap while you are at the CSIO. The Recovery Pod can be accessed through CSIO reception desk.
  2.  Inner Balance is an app that allows you to develop a deep level of coherence between your breathing and heart. The greater coherence and effective breathing can improve performance, health and emotional well-being. You can access the sensor at the CSIO reception desk and track your progress on your phone. The more effective your breathing is the greater your ability to calm yourself which will aid in recovery.
  3. The Muse Headband is brain sensing headband that measures brain signals to help you improve concentration and focus. It allows you to practice to calm and settle your mind so that you can reduce internal and external distractions, leading to greater focus and attention. Try to practice 3 minutes a day and track your performance. The Headband is available at the CSIO reception desk.

Key Articles

Power Converters – What Elite Athletes Need to Know About Resilience

Truly elite athletes are what we call Power Converters: they take the energy inherent in pressure and harness it to become stronger. This article explores taking on the challenge of becoming a Power Converter and move to Healthy High Performance, including activities to help you build your personal resilience toolkit. Click here to view the article.

The Obligatory “Back to School” Article… Sort of…

September marks the start of a key cycle for all athletes. For summer athletes, the competitive season is winding down and one starts to look to the season ahead. Conversely, September marks the beginning of the ramp up to competition for winter athletes. How one handles these similarly timed, yet distinct seasonal transitions can be an important factor that determines how well you hold up (both physically, and mentally) over the coming months. As you prepare for the season ahead, here are a few things to consider as you move forward: Click here to view the article.

Do Sport Nutritionists Practice What They Preach?

Sport nutrition is a key piece of training and recovery for athletes in their quest to be the best they can be and achieve success on the podium. But athletes often wonder – do nutritionists practice what they preach? What do they like to eat? How do they balance a busy lifestyle with eating well?

We sat down with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario’s three Sport Nutritionists – Nicole Springle, and new members of the CSIO Sport Nutrition team, Christine St. Clair and Christine Dziedzic to find out! Click here to view the article.

Time to Put the All-Nighter to Rest: The Role of Recovery in Performance

Almost everyone has done it. You have a packed schedule, a series of urgent practices or a critical event at which you need to perform flawlessly. There’s just not enough time in the day to get it all done. So you find time by eliminating the non-essentials: sleep, a workout, meals, and time with family and friends.

Week by week your overall reserves of energy drop a little. It’s not that you lose the ability to rise up and push through. It’s that the hangover afterwards is worse, begins to accumulate, and lasts well into your next performance. The research supports the notion that sheer determination alone is not a sustainable approach. Click here to view the article.

Focus on the Foundation, Not the House

When working with athletes, a lot of the time I’m faced with the same question: “How do I balance my life inside of sport with my life outside of sport? It seems impossible!” In a lot of ways, the athletes are correct – finding a perfect balance is, in many ways, almost impossible. The demands that elite sport puts on an individual – from training, competing, travel, even to the diet they follow – leave little room for much else. That said, there are some basic ideas that can assist athletes in leading a more well-rounded, and ultimately successful, life.  Click here to view the article.

Lessons from sport for the ‘real world’

I’ve been doing a lot of sessions with athletes recently and it hit me the other day that many of the questions they ask could just as easily have come from those of you in the work-place. I was down at the University of Toronto doing a session with track athletes and a pole-vaulter asked me what to do about the fact that no matter how much work he did he thought it wasn’t enough. Just that day I had been on a conference call with some people in Austin, Texas. We are presenting an upcoming workshop for sales executives. One of the presenters was talking about generation Y and their need for perfection and their high degree of self-criticism.  Click here to view the article.