Fall Education Day 2016

The 2016 Fall Education Day will take place on October 22, 2016
at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation.
5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga, ON L4W 0A1

Welcome to the 2016 Ontario Kinesiology Association Fall Education Day. The Board of Directors is pleased to bring you an exciting and varied selection of sessions and speakers. We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre for Health & Safety innovation (CHSI) in Mississauga on October 22, 2016. 

The Fall Education Day will be an excellent opportunity to meet and network with industry colleagues from across the Province, as well as gaining valuable education on current topics within the field.

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Event Schedule at a glance:
  • 7:30am - Registration, Networking & Exhibitors
  • 8:30am - Minimize Injuries…MAXIMIZE Life! A novel approach to screening, assessment, and exercise program design for any client. - David Frost, Ph.D
  • 10:00am Morning Break, Networking & Exhibitors
  • 10:30am - Knowledge Translation and Applied Ergonomic Research: Implications for Kinesiology - Dr. Kathryn Sinden
  • Noon - Lunch, & Exhibitors
  • 1:00pm - Women in Health and Exercise - Kathie Sharkey, R.Kin
  • 2:30pm - Afternoon Break
  • 2:45pm - The Neck: Screening for Serious Pathology in an Orthopaedic Out-patient Practice - Rob Werstine, PT & Dr. Jack Miller

Full outlines of the Education Day sessions and presenter bio's can be found below.


Interested in exhibiting at the 2016 OKA Fall Education Day? A limited number of table-top display opportunities are available on a first-come basis. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your product or service to professional kinesiologists. Please download the Sponsorship/Exhibitor information at this link:2016SponsorshipPackage-1.pdf

If you have any questions please contact the OKA office.

Please note that exhibitor opportunities are strictly limited to provide maximum exposure to delegates. Please secure your space early to avoid disappointment.

Full Session Outlines and Presenter Bio's:

Minimize Injuries…MAXIMIZE Life! A novel approach to screening, assessment, and exercise program design for any client. - David Frost, Ph.D
  • Deficits in joint mobility and/or stability can certainly impact the way our clients move; however, so too will their fitness, perception of risk, prior experience, focus of attention, motivation, etc.  Movement screens may offer a time- and cost-efficient means to screen for the general inability to move freely, symmetrically, and without pain.  But their utility to assess injury risk, guide personalized recommendations for exercise, or evaluate the transfer of training may be limited.  This session will explore a novel, evidence-informed approach to screening and assessment that can be used by every Kinesiologist to maximize the quality of their clients’ lives.
  • David Frost, Ph.D is a Registered Kinesiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics pertaining to wellness, athletic performance and injury prevention, authored several journal articles and book chapters on movement screening, assessment and exercise program design, and served as a performance and injury prevention advisor to numerous organizations across the globe. Dave is an engaging and passionate presenter whose research is focused on the development of assessment and training strategies that equip physically active populations (athletes, firefighters, soldiers) with the capacity to handle the demands of sport, work and life.

Knowledge Translation and Applied Ergonomic Research: Implications for Kinesiology - Dr. Kathryn Sinden

  • Developing a research program to improve worker health is a complex process involving multiple stakeholders including management, union, workers, health and safety representatives and researchers. This presentation will discuss how the knowledge translation theory has informed the development of a collaborative research program with the Hamilton Fire Service. Outputs from this research including a firefighter physical demands analysis and posture analyses, that are currently being used in firefighters’ injury management programs, will also be presented.  The role of kinesiology in developing these programs will also be discussed.
  • Dr. Kathryn Sinden is a Registered Kinesiologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. Her research focus is in applied ergonomics, collaborating with employers to develop best practice solutions to enable reduction in injury frequency and severity. Kathryn’s PhD was completed in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University; she completed her Master’s and Undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her post-doctoral training was at Queen’s University – School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and as a CIHR Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at McGill University in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Kathryn also has 14 years of work experience as a kinesiologist in the field of disability management and ergonomics.

Women in Health and Exercise - Kathie Sharkey, R.Kin

  • This session will focus on issues related to women in health and exercise.  Kathie will discuss popular myths and how to communicate the real science to your clients.  In addition, Kathie will review current research and discuss how to apply this to your female clients. Current guidelines for osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, prenatal and postnatal fitness, and common female injuries and conditions will be included in this presentation.  
  • Kathie Sharkey is the Director of Education for Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada, where she is primarily responsible for the creation and teaching of courses and workshops to their personal trainers and kinesiologists. Kathie Sharkey has more than 18 years of experience working as a kinesiologist. She has been helping people that have low back, neck, shoulder, knee injuries, and other joint injuries to recover from these injuries and lead an active lifestyle.  She also has experience working with people that have been in motor vehicle accidents and work related accidents, to help them return to their pre-accident levels. Kathie works with people who have MS, Parkinson's, arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and other chronic pain conditions, to assist them in developing an exercise program that is safe and appropriate for their condition. Kathie served as a council member for the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario from 2013-2016. In addition to chairing the Patient Relations Committee (2013-2016), Kathie participated in many other committees. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University.

The Neck: Screening for Serious Pathology in an Orthopaedic Out-patient Practice.  - Rob Werstine MSc, BSc PT, BA, Dip Sport, FCAMPT & Dr. Jack Miller BSc(PT), DipMT(NZ), MClSc, DPT, FCAMPT

  • Neck pain is the most common reason for lost time at work in the upper extremity and a large volume of patient’s post MVA complain of neck pain. Though serious neck pathology involving a stroke, serious nerve pathology or compromise of the spinal canal occurs rarely, when it does, this can create serious long-term health consequences for patients and even death. As a regulated health care professional that has been and will be granted more and more autonomy with direct access to Ontarian’s with neck pain, it is essential that when that patient with neck pain presents to you in clinic that you can ruling out serious pathology so that you can effectively and safely manage this patient. We will review the evidence-based and clinically relevant screening processes for cervical myelopathy, cervical vascular compromise and radiculopathy. By incorporating the latest literature that weeds out unnecessary, archaic and unreliable testing processes, we will present a stream-lined, reliable approach to screening that will help in your clinical reasoning process, allowing you to feel more confident and safer in clinical practice.
  • Rob Werstine, PT, is the senior clinical consultant at the Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. He has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s and both a BSc PT and MSc from Western University. Rob has been teaching in the International Federation of Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) accredited Canadian Orthopaedic Division education system for  more than 10 years. In 2007 he helped create and teach the only University based Clinical Masters of Manipulation in Canada at The University of Western Ontario, which was the first post-entry level degree granting program that specializes in MSK pathology. He holds diplomas in both sport and orthopaedics, has worked with National teams in Rugby and Figuring Skating, is the past President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and past chair of the Orthopaedic Division. Rob lectures nationally and Internationally on Evidence-Based assessment and treatment of MSK pathology, concussions and injury prevention.
  • Dr. Jack Miller has a BSc in Physical Therapy from University of Toronto, a 3-year Post-Graduate specialty Diploma in Manipulative Therapy from Auckland New Zealand, a Master of Clinical Science from Western University in London and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in the USA. He is a Fellow and the Past-President of The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy and on faculty at Western, McMaster and the University of Toronto. Jack is in active clinical practice and the Managing Partner at Body Mechanics in London On.  Jack lectures internationally on the topics of Evidence-based Orthopaedic examination, clinical reasoning and treatment.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation on October 22 for the OKA Fall Education Day.

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