Tony Gui of Diane Lee & Associates and Envision Physiotherapy (www.envisionphysio.com) recently travelled to Turkey as the Canadian Snowboarding team physiotherapist at the 2013 FIS Junior World Championships. It was extremely busy and very exciting experience to work with the Canadian athletes who competed in Snowboardcross, Alpine, Halfpipe, and Slopestyle events. The weather conditions at the Palandoeken Ski Resort were variable, it could be sunny one moment and super windy the next, but it didn’t stop Canada from taking the podium 3 times at the event.
A typical day started with breakfast with the team then a warm up series prior to training. Some athletes required treatment or taping prior to training. Then it was time to gear up and head out to the course for inspection, training, or competition. Countless numbers of falls occurred but thankfully our athletes did not have any serious injuries and the minor ones were able to be quickly assessed and treated. Once training or competition was completed, the athletes were treated late into the evening. Common complaints were shin splints, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, and most were due to the high compression forces incurred during landing 60 foot jumps or from multiple falls during the day. The Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee) was so effective in being able to assess and treat key meaningful tasks for each individual athlete in the short amount of time we had together each evening.
Canada claimed the podium 3 times at the event! We won a bronze medal in Men’s Parallel Slalom, and had a perfect ending with 2 gold medals in Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle – it was exciting to hear the Canadian anthem twice! Snowboard Slopestyle will make it’s debut at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi and Canada will be a top competitor for the medals. Thank you Canada Snowboard for the amazing opportunity! Tony will be heading to the Snowboard Cross Nationals at the end of the month to provide physiotherapy coverage for athletes battling for the top podium spot.