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Published: February 2, 2014

AST Winter 2014 Lecture Series Line Up

All Lectures are from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the AST Clinic


The Truth About Cholesterol & The Most Important Heart Tests You Should Have to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease

Diamond Fernandes, BSc, ACSM CES®, NSCA CSCS®

Founder and Director of the Heart Fit Clinic

Over 50% of heart attacks occur with people with normal cholesterol profiles.
Learn about the truth about cholesterol and really what causes heart attacks and strokes.

In this talk, you will learn:

  • Why over 50% of people who have heart disease have normal cholesterol profiles.
  • Why all bad LDL cholesterol is not so bad and why the good HDL cholesterol is not all good.
  • 3 vital heart tests you must have to prevent a heart attack or stroke
  • When your should and when you should not be on cholesterol lowering drugs
  • 5 powerful steps that you can take to prevent and reverse heart disease.


Strengthen Your Core With Breath

Dr. Jennifer Teasdale DC and Dr. Shereen Kangarloo DC

Did you know that we take approximately 24,000 breaths per day and most of us do not do it properly! Proper breathing mechanics play a huge role on our ability to active our core muscles. Without the ability to properly activate our diaphragm, we can never adequately train our core and build core strength. The ability to breathe correctly can give us that competitive advantage, decrease neck, back and shoulder pain, as well as, return to activity with a lower risk of injury.

Join Dr. Jennifer Teasdale and Dr. Shereen Kangarloo as they present to you step by step breathing techniques that will strengthen your core and help keep you injury-free in your athletic pursuits and your health and wellness goals.

This hands-on lecture is for anyone with chronic headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, all recreational and high level athletes, anyone with respiratory conditions, as well as, anyone who has ever been pregnant or has had abdominal surgery.\

Muscle Activation Technique

Sarah Kundersma

Join Sarah Kundersma as she introduces MAT – a revolutionary treatment NEW to Active Sports Therapy!

Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT™) is a systematic approach that targets pain at its source through a revolu-tionary set of checks and balances that result in increased stability and mobility. It resets the neuromuscular imbalances the body exhibits.

MAT™ was developed by Greg Roskoff, a biomechanics expert, who has worked as a consultant for the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz.


MAT™ does not treat pain but rather uses it as an indicator that something is wrong. From a muscular point of view, body pain results from stronger muscles being “ tight” be-cause they are overworked to compensate for the weak there by causing misalignment. By “ reactivating” weak muscles, body symmetry is restored. The result is pain re-duction and improved performance levels, including: greater range of motion, increased joint stability, reduced muscle fatigue, and faster muscle recovery.


Certified specialists look for asymmetries in the body through a range of motion exam. The weak muscles are targeted through manual palpations and positional isometric contractions.


Individuals can expect reduced pain, improved range of motion and the ability to return to living life as opposed to sitting on the sidelines.


Active Isolated Stretching

Michelle Nay BSc. PT, MCPA

Join Active Sports Therapy’s Physiotherapist, Michelle Nay for an evening of active isolated stretching. – a technique new to the clinic!

This specific technique often referred to as “Aaron Mattes” exercises, promote range of motion, restore or develop brain-muscle connectivity, and increase muscle strength, as the bodies soft tissues, including fascia, tendons, and ligaments.
These gentle stretching movements can invigorate the circulatory, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems, which help alleviate many of the symptoms of stress as well.

Flexibility and proper stretching have played a very important role for enhancing performance, rehabilitation and wellness.

Physiological benefits of optimal stretching:

  • Improves oxygenation and nutrition of myofascial structures promoting growth and repair.
  • Stimulates the circulation and drainage of lymph, which helps eliminate metabolic wastes
  • Improves health and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Breaks down the friction and “gluing” among fascial sheathes.
  • Separates fibrosis and breaks down adhesions that may result from trauma or inflammation
  • Realigns collagen fibers
  • Reduces muscle spasm
  • Reduces the risk of muscle strain and tear

Overall benefits of an Optimal Flexibility Program:

  • Athletes reach peak performance sooner and sustain it longer
  • Muscles respond more quickly and powerfully
  • Performance is improved with reduced chance of injury
  • Muscle stiffness is reduced as excess lactic acid build up is removed
  • Athletes recuperate more quickly
  • Reduction in spasms, splinting, and tension as a result of ischemia
  • Athletes increase their career span and level of performance.

Participants will learn simple stretching techniques that can be used every day.
Let’s get stretching!!!


Functional Movement Screen

Dr. David Westmacott B.Kin., DC, RMT

What is your risk of injury in sport or activity? We can tell you! If you are an athlete or just love physical activity, come see if you are at risk of having an injury that could very possibly take you out!

How do we quantify your risk of injury?


Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What is your risk of injury?



Stress and Emotional Management in Work, Sport and Life

Learn how to De-stress in 5 minutes or less – Anytime!

Tracey Delfs BPE, RMT, CYT, CPCC

Join Tracey Delfs to learn some techniques to better manage your stress and emotions, as well as enhance your performance at work, sport and life.

During this presentation you will learn more about how stress impacts our physiology and how practicing the "HeartMath" techniques can bring your mind, emotions and nervous system back to a place of balance. Helping you to calm your mind, decrease anxiety, increase your performance and energy levels. You will also get a chance to see and try out state of the art biofeedback equipment that measures your stress level.

This talk is essential for all looking for ways to help manage stress and emotions or just to get that extra edge for better performance.

Tracey Delfs has experience working with a variety of populations using these techniques and technology. These populations include; Olympic athletes, high stressed executives, overwhelmed parents and individuals with various health conditions including anxiety, hypertension and hormonal imbalances.


Silent Inflammation

Its Relationship to ALL CHRONIC DISEASE & How Your GUT PERMEABILITY Plays A Role

Dr. Clare Westmacott MD, CCFP, MF(HOM)

Carole Westmacott RN


Special Testing – Available at Active Sports Therapy

Dr. Gayle Maguire BSc., ND

This talk will be presented by Dr. Gayle Maguire, naturopathic doctor.

Come learn about testing options available at AST, including hormones, stress (cortisol), and allergy testing.  We will discuss who may benefit from these tests, how they are performed, how they benefit patient health and guide treatment plans.  We will also cover how these tests compare to alternatives.


Improve Your Golf Game by Improving Your Golf Biomechanics

How to effectively increase your biomechanical advantage in golf, and improve your swing in the process. The role that both muscles and fascia have in causing stiffness and/or allowing flexibility as they pertain to golf are examined.

Dr. Corey Finan, D.C., C.C.S.P., R.M.T.

Have you tried golfing and found it difficult to improve your game? Have you sought out lessons without significant improvement to your swing? Maybe your limiting factor is not your skill, but your body’s mechanics and flexibility. In this lecture we will explore the reasons why people lose power in their golf swing, have inconsistencies, and get sore with golfing. Simple changes can lead to significant results. We look at how the biomechanics of the foot can affect your elbow, causing elbow pain with golf. Other problems such as hip pain, knee pain and shoulder pain can all have a common cause. The role that fascia and muscles have on complex movements can make or break your game. Find out why you’re not performing to your peak potential, and what simple things you can do to change that.


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