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 What are “Science and Medicine Services”, and what are they for?

Basically, “Science & Medicine” covers anything that you and your coach might need to help you go faster, as long as it is safe, legal, and ethical. It could be regular massage, or it could be aerodynamic testing, or it could be advice on returning to training and racing after a concussion – there is no ‘menu’, you simply ask for what you need. Some ideas of possible services are listed below.

Currently, our funding allows us to provide these services for those athletes who are listed as Tier 1 on the National Team list, with a goal of rolling this out for development athletes in the future. We are working to meet the needs of our Tier 2 and 3 riders through education and services at training camps and races. Please see the CCA IST Allocation Strategy for more specific information on how our resources are prioritized.

Any athlete on the National Team List can access services through the Canadian Sport Centre system. In order to do this, you need to register with them. You can contact Andrea Wooles for detailed information on how to do this near you. Athletes who are not on the National Team List can sometimes access services as well, this depends mostly on the province they live in.

ANY athlete on the National Team list (or their Personal or National Coach) can contact the Integrated Support Team (IST) Manager if they have any urgent service request (i.e. medical support). The issue will be discussed with the appropriate National Team Coach and possibly the Chief Technical Officer, and we will do our best to help however we can.

Contact Andrea Wooles (CCA IST Manager) at: andrea.wooles@cyclingcanada.ca

What Support Services are available?

Traditionally, there have been two main categories of support services, sports science and sports medicine, which have a number of different specialities within them. The services we can provide at the moment are listed below, however this list is open-ended, and can include anything new or innovative that is legal, safe, and ethical, and is likely to improve performance.

Sports Medicine:

  • Medicine
  • Sport Psychiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage / Soigneur
  • ‘Other’ (acupuncture, medical insurance, osteopathy, life and career counselling, etc)

Sports Science:

  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Performance Analysis and Technology
  • Strength&Conditioning
  • Sports Psychology / Mental Training
  • Equipment
  • Research and Development
  • Mechanic

Where are support services available?

Our athletes and coaches are spread across Canada, and deserve to have access to services local to them whenever possible. We try to identify excellent service providers wherever they are needed, and build them into our team. This is not always possible, so some services may be made available by web conference / phone / email, or through travel by either the athlete or the service provider.

How do athletes access a service?

The CCA’s IST Manager is the first point of contact for any new service request. The request can come from the Athlete, their Personal Coach, or the National Team Coach, by email or phone. Once the request is agreed by the National Team Coach (if needed), the IST Manager will contact the service provider directly to initiate the service, or if there is no practitioner in place in the location requested, the IST Manager will try to identify one.

Once the service is agreed and in place, the athlete can go see the practitioner whenever they need to (up to an agreed initial maximum number of sessions, in some cases).

What if an athlete doesn’t want to work with the identified service provider?

The focus for the support services is always the health and performance of the athlete, so if they would prefer to work with a different practitioner at any point, they can contact the IST Manager and ask for a new referral. Personalities are important to the success of a service, and some people just don’t “click”, which we recognize. Having a network of service providers can help with this, as we have more than one person who we can try for a number of the specialties.

RESOURCES

HEALTH

  • Concussion Protocol, Assessment Tool, and Education Card: Cycling Canada Cyclisme concussion management documents, developed by our Medical Team to be specific to cycling and the structure of our team.
  • Maintaining Optimal Health: A great guide to staying healthy and managing illness, from CSC-Pacific.
  • Handwashing: One of the best ways to stay healthy is to learn to wash your hands properly… here are some good instructions.
  • Travel Health Clinics: If you’re going to be travelling with the team, it’s worth making sure your vacinnations are up to date at a travel clinic near you. You can find one on this website.

PERFORMANCE

  • Maximizing Recovery: Tips on getting the most out of your training by recovering as quickly as possible.

NUTRITION

ANTI-DOPING

  • Cycling Canada Cyclisme Anti-Doping Resource: A summary of information from CCES, UCI, WADA, etc, with links to more information.
  • WADA: The WADA website is an excellent place to start if you have questions about anti-doping.
  • CCES: Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has some great information, education, and resources for athletes.
  • UCI: The UCI has information specific to cycling, including a good online education tool called “True Champion or Cheat” that anyone can complete. This course is mandatory for any rider in the UCI’s Registered Testing Pool (to see the RTP list, go here).
  • UCI Mandatory Medical Monitoring: Check here to see if you are on the list of riders who need to complete specific tests within the defined periods.

CANADIAN SPORT CENTRES

Many of our services are provided through the CSC network. To access these, you need to be on the current National Team list and/or carded, and you need to register with the CSC near you. Information on how to do this is on the following sites:

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