John Boulay is a certified Athletic Therapist (Concordia University B.Sc. 1980), Emergency Medical Technician (Dawson College 1984), and a registered Osteopath (College d’Études Ostéopathique de Montreal D.O. 1998).
John specializes in the emergency care of sports injuries and pioneered sports first responder courses across Canada. He is a part-time faculty member at Concordia University teaching the Advanced Emergency Care in Sport course and lectures at national and international sport medicine conferences. He also teaches sports specific interventions to groups such as Bobsled/Luge Canada, NHL, CFL and Cirque du Soleil.
He has extensive field trauma care experience including over 10 years as part-time paramedic with Urgences Santé on both ambulance and physician response vehicles to major calls around Montreal.
For over 20 years he was the national and Olympic team therapist for Judo Canada and has managed hundreds of concussions on the field and in-clinic. He initiated a concussion prevention and management program at the national level for Judo Canada in response to several preventable head-injury related deaths across Canada.
John is the founding past president of the Quebec Sports Medicine Council and has been on Canadian Medical Teams for over 15 multi-sport Games, including the Olympics, Paralympic, PanAm, Francophone, Commonwealth, World University, and Canada Games.
Laura Leslie is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Osteopath with over 20 years of clinical experience at Concordia Physio Sport (N.D.G.) where she specializes in orthopedic conditions and the clinical evaluation and treatment of concussions. She is currently part-time faculty within the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University where she has taught for the past 14 years. Laura is a clinical consultant to B2Ten, non-profit organization supporting Olympic medal hopeful athletes. She is also member of the CTSQ Concussion Committee, working towards the development and implementation of concussion standards for Athletic Therapy in Quebec
In 2000, Laura completed her Osteopathic thesis dissertation on the clinical approach to treating post-concussion syndrome and head trauma. Laura specializes in the treatment of patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Utilization of her diagnostic skills and unique “hands-on” manual techniques facilitates treatment of both the symptoms and injury cycle created by concussions and head trauma.
Dr. Alain Ptito is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. Dr. Ptito has worked as a Neuropsychologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital since 1983 and is now Director of the Psychology Department at the MUHC. Dr. A. Ptito’s research program involves the investigation of the mechanisms involved in cerebral reorganization and plasticity in patient populations (hemispherectomy, callosotomy, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and head injury). One of his principal research focus has been the investigation of the residual visual abilities (blindsight) of patients following a rare procedure called hemispherectomy, the surgical removal or disconnection of a cerebral hemisphere.
In recent years, Dr. Ptito has explored new methods of using the functional MRI for examining brain trauma. In athletes, he has been using fMRI to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying working memory. He has been able to carry out baseline fMRI and neuropsychological testing with hockey and football varsity athletes and to repeat the tests immediately after concussion and subsequently until symptom resolution. His results show that fMRI is sensitive enough to detect abnormal activation patterns in symptomatic concussed individuals and that it could provide an objective way to measure the severity of or recovery from a concussion.
Get an inside look from some of our own Athletic Therapy pros who themselves have had to deal with long-term symptoms and challenges related to a traumatic brain injury.
Meet and learn from a mother and her elite level soccer playing daughter who experienced not only 18 months of difficulties related to a concussion sustained on field but still struggles from continued challenges.
8:00-8:20 Registration *donation
8:30-9:15 John Boulay
10:20-11:05 Laura Leslie
11:05-11:25 Question Period
11:25-11:35 CTSQ concussion statement & conclusion
11:35-12:15 Community Workshop “Recognizing key signals, what to do, where to go”
*Collecting a new/used piece of sports equipment to be donated to Sun Youth Organization
1:35-3:05 Workshops A & B – John/Laura
3:05-3:45 Exhibitor snack time
3:45-5:15 Workshops A & B – John/Laura
Advanced protocol for head injury management immediate care up to 48 hours; new CTSQ standards:
This workshop will practically demonstrate the management and what to do immediately on-field, off-field within 15 mins, as well as up to 48 hours post head injury. An in-depth look at the latest accepted protocols for immediate care in line with the new CTSQ Standards for concussion/head injury management. – John Boulay
Post-Concussive Clinical Assessment and Vestibular evaluation:
This comprehensive workshop will not only focus on structures other than the brain affected by a concussion, but will highlight advanced assessment techniques to perform 48 hours+ after a head injury. This will demonstrate how a proper evaluation and treatment of the symptoms and cervical spine can have dramatic effects on the patient’s recovery. – Laura Leslie
The lectures and workshops offered at the 2013 ATES Conference will be held at Concordia University (Loyola Campus), in the Richard J. Renaud Pavillion (SP)
Concordia University is ideally located at the corner of West Broadway and Sherbrooke Street West in N.D.G. The location is easily accessible, either by car, or via a short bus ride (#105) from the Vendome metro station. Free parking is available on the streets around campus.
Concordia University Science PavillionRichard J. Renaud Pavillion (SP)
7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Awards Gala Evening
This year is also a special year as we come together as a community to drive change in the management of traumatic brain injuries. Come and join our event participants and volunteers as well as other proud supporters of the Athletic Therapy profession to celebrate those who are leading the way in Athletic Therapy excellence. Enjoy all-you-can-eat-and-drink banquet style evening with award and scholarship presentations as well as a keynote address.
Cocktails: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:30 PM
Single Ticket: $85
Table for 8: $640*
*Contact CTSQ directly
Registration for this event is closed.
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7141 rue Sherbrooke ouest
Montreal, QC H4B 1R6
(514) 848-2424 ext. 3311