2:00 - 6:00 pm

Dr. Stuart McGill

Working with the back-pained client

* This pre-conference opportunity is hosted Thursday-Friday, October 18-19

Back pain always has a cause. What is programmed and performed in the training centre influences whether the pain gets better or worse. Too many back-pained people fail to recover because of their training flaws. This has negative impact on the client and the trainer/clinician. This session reviews the mechanisms of back pain that are fully in control of the trainer. Then an assessment is workshopped to converge on an understanding of the pain mechanism in terms of exacerbating postures, motions and loads. Recovery begins with strategies to remove the cause, desensitize the pain and adapt tissue. Then strategic stability and mobility is tuned for the individual to unlock pain-free movement from their articulated linkage (their body). Progressions create competent movement in patterns of push, pull, lift, and carry to name a few. Final issues address the transfer of pain-free success from the training centre to real life activity, and how to know when it is appropriate to resume sporting activities. Wear training gear.




8:30 AM -12:30 pm

Dr. Stuart McGill

Working with the back-Pained client (cont'd) 

Continue exploring issues and solutions for the back pained client with renowned expert,  Dr. Stuart McGill..


9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Tish Doyle Baker, Dr. Behnam Sharif & Dr. Jessica McNeil


Mixed goals of performance in older adults: fat loss, muscle gain and bone maintenance

In changing environments, different body tissues adapt in particular ways. This symposium will review the latest research findings on the roles that bone, fat and muscle play from an evolutionary perspective to performance outcomes. We will focus on:

  1. the metabolic adaptations following weight loss and how evolution makes this a success story;

  2. addressing the knowledge gaps related to body composition by explaining the concept of the fat mass index, and

  3. describing the mixed goals of performance in aging as they relate to fat loss, muscle gain and bone maintenance.