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Presentations for Peak Performance

Sport Manitoba’s P-Series brings together experts from a variety of fields to educate athletes, coaches, and parents on health, training, and sport performance.

Delivered through our Performance Centre, these monthly presentations feature keynote speakers who’ll cover everything from developing a growth mindset, to discipline, to offseason training, combined with the latest in sport science to enrich the development and knowledge of our teams.

This inaugural season covers a wide range of strategies and methodologies connecting nutrition, sport psychology, and strength & conditioning principals, all tailored to educate and enhance the peak performance of Manitoba’s athletes.   

Pricing

  • One presentation: $10
  • One night (two presentations): $15
  • Season pass (12 presentations): $60
  • Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 15% discount on all pricing options

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Livestream

If you aren't in Winnipeg you are still able to watch these presentations via livestream. Purchase a season pass and you'll be emailed a link 48 hours prior to the presentation. A season pass includes all 12 presentations.

Schedule

Overhead Athletes: Anatomy of the Shoulder

Speaker: Rickie Walkden 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 p.m.

A one-hour discussion regarding the bread and butter of any overhead athlete...their shoulder. A review of anatomy of the shoulder, discrediting common myths, and how to keep your shoulder healthy in season and during the off season. Rickie will also discuss the management of common injuries that can occur and how to avoid them in the future.

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High Performance Athletes Away From Play

Speakers:  Neal Prokop & Jeff Wood              
Wednesday, October 17, 2018     
7:30 p.m.

Neal and Jeff will highlight a variety of variables that can impact physiological performance leading up to a major competition. What goes into building your strength and conditioning program, and why do we choose the exercise we do? Neal and Jeff will also discuss fitness testing, athlete monitoring, and the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of over training and athlete burnout.

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Sports Psychology Tools for Performance

Speaker:  Stephen Dubienski                        
Wednesday, November 14, 2018                 
6:00 p.m.

To achieve excellence in any sport or athletic competition, it’s important to focus on your mind as much as your body. A healthy mind drives good practice, preparation, and focus before you enter a competition. All successful athletes will tell you the importance of their mental approach when it comes to improving physical skills and performance. Sports psychology is a fast-growing branch of science that seeks to learn more about how our minds can improve athletic ability, and maximize our performance in different sports. Equip your tool box with sport psychology tips for performance!

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Drink To Compete:  Hydration Fundamentals for Success

Speaker:  Brianne Collette
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   
7:30 p.m.

Fluid intake is influential with performance, as athletes can’t have one without the other. This presentation will discuss fluid intake fundamentals, top choices for pre, during, and post event, the importance of electrolytes, hydration recovery, testing, self-monitoring practices and tips to stay hydrated.

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Tips for the Media

Speaker: Sarah Tone 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  
6:00 p.m.

Athletes will receive a variety of tips and considerations for working with the media, including how to be comfortable, relaxed, and confident any time you are in front of a TV camera or participating in an interview. Sarah will discuss ways to shape a media message and how to discuss an entire competition in 30 seconds. The presentation will encompass strategies to help answer questions from reporters as having a conversation with a reporter is unlike having a conversation with coaches, friends or family.  

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Student-Athlete Recruitment Information

Speakers: Haylee O'Neill, Brian Dobie, Janine Stephens
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Working towards getting recruited to play at the next level? This panel discussion will prepare athletes and their families for the collegiate level recruitment process. Whether you’re staying in Canada, or traveling outside the country for your education, this forum will provide an opportunity to talk to the experts. Listen to the information and perspective only national team scouts, university coaches, and athletes who have been through it can provide. These coaches have years of experience and, while they may vary in sport backgrounds, they all understand what it takes to be the best. Listen as they enlighten athletes on ways to stand out as a recruit, do's and dont's of contacting coaches, questions to ask potential programs, and ways to prepare for the student-athlete experience. If you or your child are looking to be a collegiate athlete, this event is one you won’t want to miss.

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Fueling Your Training: Nutrition and Recovery

Speaker:  Casey Gall  
Thursday, January 17, 2019                   
6:00 p.m.

Enhance your nutrition- enhance your performance. This presentation will cover what you should be fueling your body with during the training season to ensure maximum performance including: what to eat before and after training to optimize strength and energy, the importance of recovery, why sleep matters, and how to stay on track while traveling.

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Strategies for Optimizing Practice Performance

Speaker:  Carrie Peters                    
Thursday, January 17, 2019                     
7:30 p.m.

Carrie will highlight different strategies used to enhance skill learning during practice time and in the gym, including skill practice order, augmented feedback, and observational learning.  Considering the ‘what’, ‘when’, and ‘where’ of feedback, she will discuss how to structure practice for learning new skills, and refining complex movement patterns. The attendees will evaluate task characteristics, skill performance settings, and desired outcomes in relation to their practice strategies.

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Performing on Demand

Speaker:  Adrienne Leslie-Toogood            
Wednesday, February 6, 2019         
6:00 p.m.

This presentation will highlight how to perform to your potential at a multi-sport games. Three main areas will be targeted for this presentation: knowing how you’re wired, embracing your humanity, and prioritizing recovery.  This presentation will include stories from Dr. Leslie-Toogood’s many years working with some of Canada’s top athletes. She will also leave time for participants to reflect on the implications for their own Games performance. Come prepared to think, reflect, and learn from each other.

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Eat To Compete: What to Expect at Canada Games 2019

Speaker:  Michelle Leaf                    
Wednesday, February 6, 2019                  
7:30 p.m.

This session will be tailored towards athletes who will be competing at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and highlight a variety of games-related scenarios that could impact nutrition at games time. The speaker will provide strategies to help overcome barriers such as multiple competition bouts in one day, transportation delays, late night/early morning competition times, food allergies/intolerances, and provided meals that interfere with competition time. The athletes' village dining hall menu and boxed lunch meals will be reviewed and suggestions will be provided to ensure meals, snacks, and fluids are providing sufficient fuel for a gold medal performance!

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Athletes to Promote Success in Sport

Speaker:  Kevin Beauchamp                       
Wednesday, March 20, 2019                       
6:00 p.m.

This lecture will focus on athletes' underlying beliefs about their abilities in connection to determining long-term success or failure. Carol Dweck, PhD, has termed these underlying beliefs as “mindsets”. The research of Dr. Dweck has shown that individuals who cultivate a “growth mindset” (rather than a “fixed mindset”) are more open to new challenges and are also more resilient when they experience failure – two essential qualities of the successful athlete. This lecture will be geared towards athletes and coaches. However, parents will also benefit as the main principles of growth mindsets apply to younger children as well. Attendees will learn what exactly a growth mindset is, how to cultivate it themselves, as well as in the athletes they coach.

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Periodization, Vacation, and Summer Training

Speaker:  Jacqueline Mazur             
Wednesday, March 20, 2019                       
7:30 p.m.

This talk will focus on the importance of maintaining strength during the off-season or vacations. How quickly do athletes lose training adaptations? The talk will also highlight a variety of strategies to stay active on vacation and simple bodyweight or minimal equipment exercises that can keep your muscles engaged and ready for their return!

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