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Overtraining After A Layoff: How You Can Help Your Athletes Avoid It

Date: December 3 @ 7 – 8pm EST
Cost: FREE
300 Spots Available
Participants Receive 1 PD Point

Returning to the playing field after a layoff, whether from injury, a facility closure or a cancelled season can be a challenge for any athlete. Understandably, many athletes want to jump right in and get back to work. However, it is important to remember that it takes time to regain the same level of fitness and performance that they enjoyed before their hiatus. Trying to do too much, too quickly can result in undue emotional, mental and physical stress, and potentially injury.

In this webinar, Sylvie Tetrault (Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning – Gary Roberts High Performance Training) will explore how coaches can help their athletes return to sport safely by looking at:

  • What is stress and why is it important to understand?
  • Understanding stress and the Nervous System (Autonomic NS- Sympathetic vs. ParasympatheticStress and the impact on training
  • Stress and the immune system
  • Boosting the immune system through nutrition and lifestyle strategies
  • Stress resilience techniques

Meet The Speaker

Sylvie Tetrault (BscKin) is a Sports Nutritionist, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner (FDN-P), and a Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) based out of Toronto. Sylvie has worked with professional athletes across a wide range of sports, (NHL, NFL, UFC, WNBA, Olympians, Ironman, etc.) as well as high performers from all walks of life. Her passion for high performance, through both training and nutrition, has developed over the last eight years, coaching some of the best hockey players in the world alongside ex-NHL Player, Gary Roberts with GR Performance.

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CAO & Hydro One team up to provide new safety resources

90 per cent of Canadians believe sport will play a key role in helping society rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent Abacus Data survey, 90 per cent of Canadians said they believe sport will play a key role in helping society to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sport and recreation allow for the creation of strong social bonds and foster a sense of community, both of which have been challenged during these past months.

With the pandemic challenging the way we play sport, coaches and leaders will need the right resources to ensure athletes can continue to train at home and return to sport safely. To support the new ways coaches are navigating sport, Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) have developed Safe Sport 101, a new virtual hub that provides coaches with the tools to keep sport safe, fun and inclusive for all participants. The hub has resources to both support in-person activities when they are deemed safe and to empower coaches with tips and resources to coach virtually.

“We need coaches to have the resources necessary to continue supporting athletes and participants as they navigate this challenging time,” said Jeremy Cross, CAO Executive Director. “This partnership with Hydro One provides coaches with the tools they need to be there for their community throughout the pandemic and moving forward, while keeping safety top of mind.”

“Coaches play an important role in facilitating programs for youth that enhance their physical and mental well-being while keeping them socially connected which is particularly important during this challenging time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “We have a responsibility to support community resilience across the province, and are proud to partner with the Coaches Association of Ontario to develop new online safety resources for coaches at a time when they are needed most.”  

Coaches and leaders need to be equipped with the right knowledge to create a safe environment for athletes, following the advice of local public health units. Through Safe Sport 101, whether virtually or in-person, coaches have additional tools to support physical and emotional safety for athletes across the province.

Four tips for coaches navigating this time:

  1. Review safety protocols
    When your sport gets the green light, the first step is to ensure you are up to date with the relevant return to play protocols. Coaches should have updated emergency action plans, contact tracing trackers and health questionnaires readily available during all sessions. Free templates are available here. Depending on local circumstances, in-person activities may not be possible. Find the resources to support virtual coaching here.
  2. Easing back into training
    When your sport gets the green light, the first step is to ensure you are up to date with the relevant return to play protocols. Coaches should have updated emergency action plans, contact tracing trackers and health questionnaires readily available during all sessions. Free templates are available here. Depending on local circumstances, in-person activities may not be possible. Find the resources to support virtual coaching here.
  3. Support your athlete’s mental health
    When an athlete is in distress, they may turn to their coach for support. Be a positive role model and build mental health and emotional safety into regular daily conversations with your athletes. Understand that each athlete is unique and support can look different from one person to another.
  4. Keep the lines of communication open
    Keep in touch regularly with your athletes and guardians about the new safety protocols that have been implemented and why they are important. Additionally, work together to set new targets and goals for the year that take into account returning after time away from the sport.

Prioritizing safety requires careful planning and implementation to enhance the overall sport experience for all. Coaches can find more safety tips at https://safesport101.coachesontario.ca/ to find the tools and resources to keep sport safe, positive and fun. 

Giving coaches the tools they need to make sport safe