Tip of the Month – November

Coach Monika says…



Warm-up and Cool-down: Common Mistakes

Recently, I observed a group of athletes in their Warm-up and Cool-down activities. I could not believe that coaches were standing around, talking, sipping from their water bottle and slurping Starbucks coffee. It is time to provide some guidelines in order to prevent potential injuries due to lack of effort or improper technique of exercises.


  • Practice starts the minute athletes come through the door and they should demonstrate motivation and positive attitude to learn and improve daily performance
  • During Warm-up and Cool-down exercises, attention needs to be paid to the body, rather that chitchatting and catching up with the latest news.
  • Exercises have to be performed with full range of motion (ROM) rather than superficial, offhand, random, perfunctory, sketchy, desultory, brief, careless, fast, or half-baked efforts.


  • Body position and alignment have to be correct for whatever exercise – otherwise, injuries may occur
  • Athletes can risk back injury if they arch the back while doing planks or push-ups; knee injuries are possible if athletes bend too deeply in a lunge or squat
  • Traditional ‘Jumping jacks’ are outdated – replace them with forward- backward lunge jumps
  • Sideways stretches need to be executed to both sides with equal effort
  • Forward-downward stretches for toe touches should be performed to the L foot, to the center on the floor, and the R foot
  • Hopping and jumping exercises are performed wearing tennis shoes NOT Flip flops (!) to prevent foot, ankle injuries and shin splints
  • The Warm-up consists of general exercise components (all muscles – while raising the HR) and specific ones (those muscles needed in the upcoming session)
  • The Cool-down has a psychological component with the role of lowering the HR
  • Muscles used in the prior session are addressed, and depending on need, exercises are tailored to the individual athlete: flexibility; flexibility and strength; agility, balance, etc.


  • For Warm-up and Cool-down – rotate among athletes, correct improper technique, encourage, and motivate… that is your active role rather than standing around, being passive, and seemingly less involved!

Get Concussion Smart: Making Headway in Sport

The topic of Concussion has been at the forefront of news coverage for some time, whether in Professional or Amateur sports. While most incidents occur in team sports, there are instances in individual sports as well. Cheerleading, gymnastics (fall from High bar, uneven bars, balance beam, vaulting (landing), swimming (slipping on deck, crashing into pool wall), diving (High-Tower), trampoline, racquetball, tennis, etc.

There have been significant strides in the management and care of concussed athletes; however, there continues to be a lot of confusion among athletes, parents, and coaches regarding the proper management of an athlete with a concussion, particularly in the pediatric population.

The University of Calgary is one of the leading institutions on Concussion Research. The Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) is a university-wide initiative to study concussion, which has brought together experts from the Cumming School of Medicine, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Faculty of Arts, with support from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the Calgary based Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI).

The Problem ICRP is addressing

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), including concussion, is a common occurrence. In Canada, approximately 250,000 concussions occur per year. However, concussions can be difficult to detect and diagnose, and can result in long-term problems. The ICRP was developed to address the growing concern about concussions, improve the lives of those who have experienced these injuries, and prevent concussions for upcoming generations.

The University of Calgary is leading a national study examining concussions and head injuries in high-school athletes in a $12-million project financed by the National Football League. The research effort, overseen by Calgary’s Dr. Carolyn Emery, involves 6,000 high-school students from across Canada who compete in rugby, hockey, football, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, basketball and cheerleading. Thirty-five researchers, including the University of Calgary, monitor students over a three-year period before producing its findings and recommendations.

It is part of the NFL’s US$100-million Play Smart, Play Safe initiative that was organized in 2016 to improve player safety and has since expanded to include all levels of football as well as other sports. The NFL announced that it was paying out US$35-million for neuroscience research to five North American institutions, with the U of C being the only one in Canada (Calgary is coordinating its study with eight other Canadian universities from the University of British Columbia to McGill and Laval in Quebec).

According to Dr. Emery, there are three targeted areas to her latest study:

  1. An examination of rules and policy changes
  2. Equipment recommendations – proper-fitting helmets, mouth guards
  3. Training strategies, particularly when it deals with athletes new to a sport

“In rugby, we know a lot of players – particularly female players in high school – have often not been exposed to a contact sport before they engage in rugby in Grade 10.” Dr. Emery notes. “So we may be looking for things in terms of preparation for contact in games.”

Retired U.S. Army general Peter Chiarelli, chairman of the NFL’s Scientific Advisory Board, is a supporter of what the league has done after settling a class-action suit that will pay US$1-billion to thousands of former players who said they were suffering from football-related concussion issues. “I think we’re going to have a huge impact in reducing the burden of concussions in youth sports,” said Dr. Emery, who first pitched her study plan to the NFL’s Scientific Advisory Board in September 2017. “And I think we’re well-positioned to be a leader in this field internationally.”

Dr. Emery was celebrated for her work compiling and analyzing injuries in minor hockey over a five-year span. She conducted a comparison between peewee-aged kids in Quebec (11- and 12-year-olds) who played non-contact hockey and those in Alberta who played full-contact games. After it was learned Alberta peewees suffered three times as many injuries as their Quebec counterparts – a number higher than anticipated – Hockey Canada chose to ban bodychecking at the peewee level starting in the fall of 2013. Four years later, Hockey Canada announced that the new rule had produced “a 50-per-cent relative reduction in injury rate and a 64-percent reduction in concussion rate in 11-year-old and 12-year-old hockey players in Alberta.”

The NHL agreed to a non-class settlement that would pay US$18.9-million to more than 300 retired players who accused the league of failing to warn them about the risks of head injuries. “What we were looking for was translation,” Chiarelli says. “What that means is we wanted research we believed – and researchers had proven – is going to help patients in the short order; not necessarily research that is going to spawn a lot of research papers. We were looking for translational medicine, from the bench to the bedside.” The NFL had also funded a study based in London, England, that focused on head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in jockeys. The research began in horse racing but was adjusted to include athletes in contact sports. It is not known how much funding the jockey study has received from the NFL. Chiarelli says the issue of head trauma has focused largely on football when it’s very much a societal matter. “There are 3.5 million Americans who report to emergency rooms every year with head trauma. This is a public-health crisis.” According to additional reports, youth account for more than half of the three million concussions that occur annually in North America. An estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports (and recreation) related concussions occur in the United States each year. During 2001-2005, children and youth, ages 5-18 years, accounted for 2.4 million sports-related emergency department (ED) visits annually, whereby 6% (135,000) involved concussions.


Injury Rate per 1,000 Athletic Exposures

Women’s ice hockey                         0.91
Men’s spring football (American)   0.54
Men’s ice hockey   0.41
Women’s soccer   0.41

Concussions among US High School and Collegiate Athletes

Despite researchers reporting in 2007 that an estimated 300 000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States, progress has been slow. Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24 years, according to researchers Gessel, Fields, Collins, Dick and Comstock.

The 6 Steps: Return to Play Guidelines Following a Concussion

The Canadian Coaching Association has provided its Guidelines for Concussion Protocol management. Although these are directed toward team sport athletes the 6-step guidelines can be applied appropriately to individual sport athletes.

Step 1: Symptom-Limited Activity

After an initial period of short Rest of 24-48 hours, light cognitive and physical activity can be initiated as long as they do not worsen symptoms. A physician, preferably one with expertise in managing concussions, should be consulted before beginning a step-wise return to learn and sport strategy

Step 2: Light Aerobic Exercise

Someone who can help monitor for symptoms and signs should supervise the athlete. The intensity and duration of aerobic exercise can be gradually increased over time if no symptoms or signs return during the exercise or the next day.

Step 3: Sport-Specific Activities

If team sport athlete – there should be no body contact or other jarring motions such as high-speed stops. If individual sport, avoid jarring motions. If symptoms or signs appear, return to the previous stage and only engage in activities that can be tolerated.  

Step 4: Training without Contact

If symptoms or signs return – return to the previous stage and only engage in activities that can be tolerated. If no symptoms or signs return– the time needed to progress from non-contact exercise varies with the severity of the concussion and with the individual athlete. Proceed to Step 5 only after 100% medical clearance.

Step 5: Training with Contact

If symptoms or signs return – return to the previous stage and only engage in activities that can be tolerated. If these persist consult the physician. If no symptoms or signs return, proceed to Step 6 the next day.

Step 6: Game Play or Competition

If the all-clear has been provided by a qualified health professional, the athlete can return to participation in gameplay or competition.


Canadian Coaches Association (2018). Inside Coaching. 6 Step Return to Play Guidelines Following Concussion. Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Gessel, L.M., Fields, S.K., Collins, C.L., Dick, R.W., & Comstock, D. (2007). Concussion among United States high School and collegiate athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 42(4), 495-503. Oct-Dec.

Maki, A. (2018, November 15). University of Calgary launches study on concussions with funding from NFL. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/ alberta/article-university-of-calgary-launches-study-on-concussions-with-funding-from/

Patel, D.R., Fidrocki, D., & Parachuri, V. (2017). Sport-related concussions in adolescent athletes: a critical public health problem for which prevention remains an elusive goal. Translational Pediatrics, 6(3), 114-120. July.

University  of Calgary. Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP). Retrieved November 26, 2018, from: https://icrp.ucalgary,ca

Tip of the Month – October

Coach Monika says…


A Country Going to Pot

Implications of Legalization of Cannabis for Canadian Athletes

Canada became the second country to legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018 (after Uruguay in 2013). The question now arises: how is this going to impact Canadian athletes in terms of performance, potential health issues, travel to the US where cannabis is still illegal in the majority of States, and other countries? How is the IOC going to deal with this phenomenon as the drug is still on the banned list? According to SIRC (Canadian Sport Information Resource Centre, Ottawa) “legalization of cannabis will have significant implications on the Canadian sport system, ranging from doping policy, to athlete and staff safety, to risk management for organizations” (SIRC release, October 10, 2018).

Findings of British and Portuguese researchers show that there could be serious implications for ‘casual pot’ users as well as those who use pharmaceuticals containing cannabinoids (the chemical compound in the plant) – although their studies are based on mice.

According to their findings, mice exposed to cannabis had ‘significant’ mental impairments and difficulties distinguishing between familiar and new objects. Additionally, imagination tests revealed cannabis harmed the rodents brain regions responsible for learning and memory.

Dr. Neil Dawson, lead researcher from the Lancaster University in the UK says, “the work offers valuable new insight into the way long-term cannabinoid exposure negatively impacts the brain and the risk of developing mental health issues and memory problems.”

Dr. Ana Sebastião, University of Lisbon states, “Our work clearly shows prolonged cannabinoid intake does have a negative impact on brain function and memory.” Any lengthy exposure appeared to compound the problem as it also hindered the ability of those areas to communicate with one another.

In the face of the mounting complexity it is important to remember that in the world of Anti-doping in Sport the debate is not complicated – cannabis is still prohibited and on the IOC and WADA banned list!

Not With a Bang, But With a Bong

I usually try refrain from interjecting political opinion into monthly Newsletters. However, I want to address the issue of cannabis from the perspective of health educator, teacher, and coach because athletes can/could be affected and need to be educated on the potential WADA implications and side effects of usage.

Canadians are now allowed to consume cannabis, cannabis oil, and grow up to four plants at home, and pot-connected companies are feeling the high. In the past two months shares in Tilray, which grows medical marijuana, have risen in value from C$25 ($19) to nearly C$130. But inadequate legal supply means the black market will not vanish just yet. (x)

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s mother Margaret, well known for her pot use during the 1970’s, stated in a mental health conference in 2007 that her battle with mental illness involved completely giving up marijuana, which she started smoking at a young age! How about second hand smoke affecting her three sons, given that medical researchers point out that second hand effects are more severe than cigarette smoke.

The Health Irony

Medical professionals and the Canadian government have spent 40 years trying to reduce cigarette consumption with some obvious success. Now, it appears the government is encouraging smoking again even though recent studies show that cannabis is even more harmful to young brains and lungs than ordinary cigarettes.

Nationally, about 4.2 million (14%) of Canadians aged 15 years and older reported some use of cannabis products for medical or non-medical purposes in the previous three months. More than half (57%) of the users indicated that they used some form of cannabis daily or weekly (Statistics Canada, 2018).

Cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical that causes the mental and physical effects known as feeling “high.” When cannabis is smoked or vaporized, the effects begin right away and last for at least six hours. The effects of edible cannabis products may begin between 30 minutes and two hours after taking them, and can last 12 hours or longer (Government of Canada, n.d.). Not all of the physical, mental and emotional effects of cannabis use are known, but evidence suggests there are both short- and long-term health risks associated with regular use. In particular, people aged 25 and under are more likely to experience harms from cannabis because their brains are still developing. The earlier in life cannabis use begins, the more harm it can do (Government of Canada, 2018a).

Implications of Legalization of Cannabis for Canadian Athletes

Traveling from Canada

It is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border. Athletes can be subject to criminal charges if they try to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in their possession. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not.

Cannabis is still illegal in most countries. If they try to travel internationally with any amount of cannabis in their possession, they could be subject to serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad. They could also be denied entry at their destination country if they have previously used cannabis or any substance prohibited by local laws. As a traveller, it is their responsibility to be informed about the laws of the country they intend to visit(x). This includes the legal status of cannabis use and possession in any country they may travel to.

Travelling within Canada with Cannabis

When travelling within Canada, it is athletes’ responsibility to learn the law of the province or territory going to. If using cannabis, follow the laws in that jurisdiction. We hope that our athletes remain aware of the usage and the consequences(x).


Implication for All Athletes World Wide

WADA amended its rules on cannabis, raising the threshold for a positive test from 15 nanograms (ng) per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA, said the raising of the threshold is meant to catch only athletes who smoke during the period of a competition. The drug isn’t prohibited out of competition. USOC chief communications officer Patrick Sandusky declined to be interviewed for the story but released a statement that said the USOC is committed to clean competition. He adds that the definition of performance enhancing drugs shouldn’t be limited to “making you stronger and faster and being able to jump higher. It’s how it affects some of the other parameters that are really important like pain or confidence or some of the things that are a bit more difficult to measure or define analytically.”

Athletes sanctioned by the USADA for marijuana generally receive suspensions ranging from three months to a year, depending on the athlete’s case and if there was a past violation and whether the drug was coupled with other banned substances. A three-month suspension can be deferred if an athlete completes an education program.

The International Olympic Committee originally banned drugs like marijuana and cocaine because of their illegality, and because they violate the “spirit of sport.” WADA, created in 1999, follows three criteria in establishing its list of banned substances: performance enhancement, danger to an athlete’s health, and violation of the spirit of sport.

“Attitudes toward the drug vary around the world. It’s a global prohibited list,” Fedoruk said. “One country doesn’t have the last word, per se, on inclusion of substances. Globally, there’s been some pressure from various stakeholders to address what is the appropriate threshold. I think the change was to try to reflect that more accurately.”

St. Pierre also raised the issue of the anti-inflammatory qualities associated with cannabinoids and whether they could provide some athletes an unfair advantage. Athletes such as former Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski have said that the drug has helped in recovery after strenuous training. St. Pierre says there’s more scientific research being done that supports those claims.

In 2003, cannabinoids accounted for 13.9% (378 of 2,716) of all adverse analytical findings (samples that found the presence of a banned substance or method), according to WADA statistics. Only anabolic agents such as testosterone and stimulants surpassed cannabinoids as banned substances found in testing. In 2011, WADA reported 445 violations for cannabis or 7.9% of 5,600 adverse test results.

Positive marijuana tests can have a serious impact on athletes lives. American judo athlete Nick Delpopolo was sent home from the London Olympics after testing positive. Delpopolo, who said the test was a result of eating baked goods laced with marijuana, declined comment for this story.

Lee, the wrestler, was banned for one year for her positive test. It was her second doping violation. In a radio interview, Lee said she used marijuana for medicinal purposes, but said she had stopped smoking two weeks before competition.

Health Canada Warnings

  • Cannabis smoke is harmful. Harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke are also found in cannabis smoke.
  • Cannabis can be addictive – 1 in 11 people who use cannabis will become addicted.
  • Cannabis can be addictive. Up to 1 in 2 people, who use cannabis daily will become addicted.
  • Regular use of cannabis and higher content of THC can increase the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia. Young people are especially at risk.
  • Regular use of cannabis can increase the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia. Higher THC content can lower the age of onset of schizophrenia.
  • Adolescents are at greater risk of harm from cannabis. Early and regular use increases the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia.
  • Adolescents are at greater risk of harm from cannabis. Using cannabis as a teenager can increase the risk of becoming addictive.
  • Adolescents are at greater risk from cannabis, as 1 in 6 people who start using the drug in adolescence will become addicted.
  • Up to half of people who use cannabis on a daily basis have work- social or health problems.
  • Cannabis affects breastfeeding as substances found in cannabis are also found in the breast milk of mothers.
  • Using cannabis while pregnant may harm the baby and result in low birth weight – may affect the development of the brain

Short-term use of cannabis (Government of Canada, 2018b):

  • Makes it more difficult to learn and remember things- After using cannabis, a person may have problems paying attention, remembering or learning new things, and making decisions. This has implications for training and competition, as well as success at school or on the job.
  • Affects mood and feelings- Cannabis can make a person feel anxious, panicked, sad, and fearful. Emotional swings and lack of self-regulation can strain relationships with teammates, coaches and support staff – relationships that are critical to success.
  • Impairs performance- Cannabis can slow reaction times, lower one’s ability to pay attention, and decrease coordination, thereby impacting athletic performance. This is an issue off the field too – using cannabis and driving, for example, can result in car accidents, serious injuries or death (driving while high is illegal – for information on drug-impaired driving
  • Affects mental health- Cannabis can trigger psychotic episodes, experienced as not knowing what is real, experiencing paranoia, having disorganized thoughts, and, in some cases, hallucinating.

Regular long-term use of cannabis – daily or almost daily, for several months or years (Government of Canada, 2018b):

  • Damages the lungs- Cannabis smoke contains many of the same harmful substances as tobacco smoke. Like smoking cigarettes, smoking cannabis can damage the lungs and results in coughing, wheezing and other breathing complications.
  • Affects mental health- Using cannabis regularly and continuously over time can cause users to experience anxiety, depression, psychosis and schizophrenia. Studies show that stopping or reducing cannabis use can improve these symptoms.
  • Results in physical dependence or addiction- It is estimated that one out of 11 cannabis users will become addicted to cannabis in their lifetime. The rate increases to 16% for those who start using cannabis during adolescence and goes up to 50% for people who smoke cannabis daily. Cannabis addiction may have a major negative impact on everyday life, and affect school, work, relationships with family and friends, sport, and other extracurricular activities
  • Marijuana also affects brain development- When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Researchers are still studying how long marijuana’s effects last and whether some changes may be permanent.
  • For example, a study from New Zealand conducted in part by researchers at Duke University showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities didn’t fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults. Those who started smoking marijuana, as adults didn’t show notable IQ declines.

Additional Health Warnings by Medical Experts

Marijuana over-activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that people feel. Other effects include, according to other research studies:

  • Altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
  • Altered sense of time
  • Changes in mood
  • Impaired body movement
  • Difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
  • Impaired memory
  • Hallucinations (when taken in high doses)
  • Delusions (when taken in high doses)
  • Psychosis (when taken in high doses)

Be Aware of Existing Myths

Driving high is more safe than driving drunk

Fact: Even a small amount of cannabis will impair driving performance since it affects the cognitive abilities that one needs to drive safely, alertness, concentration, reaction time, ability to judge distances, perception, coordination, and motor skills.

You drive better when you’re high-

Fact: Tests have shown that drivers, who are high are keenly aware they’re impaired, so they develop compensatory strategies such as driving slower or increasing their following distance. Despite this fact, US studies show that drug-impaired driving fatalities have actually increased

Younger adults are more educated about how cannabis affects driving

Fact: According to a recent CAA survey nearly one in three Canadians, aged 18-34, believe they can drive better when high.

There’s No Roadside Test

Fact: Two saliva-screening tests have been submitted for approval, which will take some time. Police can still conduct the Standard Field Sobriety Test, which detects drug impairment and probably cause for arrest. If arrested, a trained Drug Recognition expert will perform further testing at the police station.

Cannabis affects everyone the same way

Fact: The active ingredient THC affects everyone differently and in different ways. One person may become impaired after one or two puffs, while another could be unaffected after consuming the same amount. There is no benchmark amount that’s safe for all. Arrange for a drive home instead!

The Government hasn’t set penalties for Cannabis impairment

Fact: Federal and Provincial penalties are enshrined in law. Drug-impaired drivers charge under Alberta laws can expect to have their drivers licence suspended and vehicle seized, and required to attend a remedial education course. Drivers can also be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada, which means hefty fines and possible imprisonment depending on the driver’s record of prior convictions and the amount of THC and alcohol in the blood.

There are exemptions for people who use prescription Cannabis

Fact: If Cannabis is used for medical purpose, the person can’t legally drive while drug-impaired.

Coaching Responsibility

Our number one responsibility is the safety of athletes and safety of the sporting environment (according to NCCP Ethics), and we are accountable for their health and welfare. The use of cannabis for older teen athletes, swimmers in my case, is putting me in a difficult situation on a daily basis as monitoring the mental state of athletes and potential users is ‘flung’ upon me. Over 50 years of coaching experience I have seen it all! Let me remind you that one of the best US Olympic swimmers was caught drunk driving in Baltimore and using pot in Las Vegas while most recently another one checked himself into rehab due to years of alcohol abuse. My question: Where were the coaches for these athletes? What is my coaching responsibility now? What about any future Olympians I train to make sure they train cannabis free? How do I monitor that?

Supporting Positive Decision Making

We all have a role to play to ensure our athletes, at all levels, make informed decisions about cannabis use. Foremost, we need to educate athletes and present the consequences related to health, cognitive function, and social issues.

  • Be informed. Understand the new cannabis legislation and the rules of the CADP. Ensure athletes understand the risks for themselves and their teammates, and to their future sport participation. Resources from the CCES and Health Canada are provided below.
  • Talk about it. Athletes are encouraged to have discussions with teammates, coaches, and sport administrators about cannabis legalization and how it will affect them. Sport organizations and coaches are encouraged to proactively communicate information about cannabis in sport with their membership.
  • Ask for help. If you or someone you know is experiencing negative health impacts or is misusing cannabis, seek help. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and addiction has resources to help athletes with cannabis problems.




Tip of the Month – September

Coach Monika says…


‘Stamp Out’ Athlete’s Foot

I have addressed this medical/hygiene related topic some time ago, but it is once again on the rise. Most likely due to budget cuts, locker room cleanliness is not a priority in many places.

Broken lockers, cold-water showers, and dirty stalls is the perfect recipe for continued health infested athlete’s foot condition. Many athletes, especially swimmers walk around barefooted from the pool to the lockers and on to the showers. Other athletes are equally negligent or ignorant of the potential infection from poorly kept locker rooms.

Here are some pointers from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • The fungus underlying the irritation skin condition thrives in moist, warm areas such as public showers, and swimming pools.
  • Flip-Flops may help you to avoid itchy athlete’s foot condition because wearing sandals or flip-flops can prevent contact with fungi-infected surfaces – allowing your feet to breath and stay dry, preventing an infection from taking hold
  • Over-the-counter creams are an easy cure for the common condition, which is usually resolved in four weeks with treatment.
  • However, while you may feel ‘footloose and fancy-free’ you need take steps to prevent athlete’s foot from returning by cleaning your shower shoes frequently.
  • Rinse off your footwear with fresh water, which should remove the fungi.
  • Dry your feet fully after bathing – and never walk barefoot.
  • Athlete’s foot is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors.
  • The risk of developing athlete’s foot can also depend on your susceptibility.

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  1. Mary-Anne Dunlop

    Hi Monika…..Mary-Anne Dunlop here. I wanted to inform you that I am leaving the Glencoe Club as of today, August 31st to relocated to the Calgary Winter Club (much closer for you) on MW mornings (7-12:30) as of Sept. 4th. You are welcome to see me there and you can call 403-289-5511, extension #1.
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Tip of the Month – November

Coach Monika says…     Warm-up and Cool-down: Common Mistakes Recently, I observed a group of athletes in their Warm-up and Cool-down activities. I could not believe that coaches were standing around, talking, sipping from their water bottle and slurping Starbucks coffee. It is time to provide some guidelines in order to prevent potential injuries …

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Get Concussion Smart: Making Headway in Sport

The topic of Concussion has been at the forefront of news coverage for some time, whether in Professional or Amateur sports. While most incidents occur in team sports, there are instances in individual sports as well. Cheerleading, gymnastics (fall from High bar, uneven bars, balance beam, vaulting (landing), swimming (slipping on deck, crashing into pool …

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