CSIO Strength & Conditioning Clinic 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Join us for a day focused on Strength & Conditioning Programming and Sport Performance

Cost: $75 Early Bird until November 9 at 11:59pm. $90 after November 9.

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2019 at 11:59PM

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $20 processing fee are available until November 30. Cancellations after November 30 will not receive a refund.

Location: Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, 875 Morningside Ave, Suite 100, Toronto


7:30 - 8:15am: On Site Registration / Check In (refreshments will be served)

8:15 - 8:30am: Welcome / Opening Remarks

8:30 - 9:30am:

Developing an S&C Strategy for Sprint Track Cycling (Upstairs)
Managing Knee Health (Downstairs)

9:30 - 9:45am: Break

9:45 - 10:45am:

Managing the Total Load of Youth Athletes (Upstairs)
Closing the Physical Performance Gap in Elite Youth Soccer (Downstairs)

10:45 - 11:45am:

A Re-Examination of Warm Up (Upstairs)
Using Force Plates to Monitor Performance (Downstairs)

11:45 - 12:45pm: Lunch (not included)

12:45 - 1:45pm:

Developing an S&C Strategy for Sprint Track Cycling (Upstairs)
Managing Knee Health (Downstairs)

1:45 - 2:00pm: Break

2:00 - 3:00pm:

Managing the Total Load of Youth Athletes (Upstairs)
Closing the Physical Performance Gap in Elite Youth Soccer (Downstairs)

3:00 - 4:00pm:

A Re-Examination of Warm Up (Upstairs)
Using Force Plates to Monitor Performance (Downstairs)

4:00 - 4:30pm: Closing


Managing Knee Health in Jumping Athletes: An S&C Perspective – Ryan MacDonald, CSCS

The primary objective of Volleyball Canada’s Beach IST is to maximize athletes’ availability to train with their sport Coaches. As a jump-dominant sport, managing knee health is paramount to ensuring athletes’ ability to train at maximal capacity & intensity. This presentation will walk through Volleyball Canada’s model for managing patellar tendinopathy from the perspective of a Strength & Conditioning Coach supported by an interdisciplinary approach.

Developing an S&C Strategy for Sprint Track Cycling – Stephen McMullan, ASCC

Practitioners are continually trying to push the threshold for human adaptation and performance. Through systematic planning and delivery, coaches aim to increase the probability of sporting success for their athletes, giving athletes the best opportunity to compete and perform when it matters most. This session discusses techniques used to analyse, review and evaluate a strength and power development system for Sprint Track Cycling performance. The talk will review previously used expand strength training systems and present the strategies used to individualise strength training. A special emphasis will be placed on determining the training dose-response from performance trends.

Managing the Total Load of Youth Athletes. – Kris Robertson, CSCS

There has been a great push to specialization and the professionalization of sport with youth athletes, with this big push it has led to a lot of young athletes feeling pressured to perform at a high level. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the how to manage athlete load particularly when athletes play for multiple teams that are often unconnected. The presenter will discuss the evolution of the Women’s Rugby 7’s academy with the respect to the athlete load, and will review some practical monitoring tools, including physical tests and Self Report questionnaires that have been used to develop the academy athletes. An emphasis will be placed on how daily monitoring is used to modify the on field and in the gym programming.

Closing the Physical Performance Gap in Elite Youth Soccer – Chloe Werle, CSCS

Elite female soccer players are being accelerated towards professional and international levels of play at increasingly younger ages. As a result, youth academies and clubs are developing their programs to accommodate this acceleration. Chloe has experience working with both elite youth and international soccer players on physical development. This presentation will describe the testing, training and monitoring process that is used to develop elite female soccer players and help them bridge the gap in physical development that will allow them to play successfully at International age group and senior competitions.

A Re-Examination of Warm Up – Meena Sharif, CSCS

The warm-up is a widely accepted and used practice in every sport, of ten viewed solely as a means of preventing injury it is also an opportunity to enhance performance. This discussion looks at the physiological, psychological and technical components of the warm-up within the sport of Swimming. The presentation includes in-depth look at the theory of warm-up as well as its application in both a training and a competitive setting. Covering topics like hormonal potentiation, post activation potentiation, and VO2 kinetics, this session offers suggestions and recommendations on how S&C coaches can improve performance in the warm-up.

Using Force Plates to Monitor Performance - Greg Lewandowski, CSCS

Advancements in technology have enhanced the field of strength and conditioning by developing tools to effectively monitor athletic performance and improvement. Force plates have become a staple in many high-performance environments, as they allow practitioners to collect quality data to evaluate athletes’ strength and power. This practical presentation will review some of the common uses of force plates in the testing and monitoring of high performance athletes. Participants will learn to analyze force-time curves from various tests and determine some of the key metrics that are used to assess performance and training adaptations.


Greg Lewandowski, CSCS

Greg graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a BSc (Hons) in Athletic Therapy (2011) and from Maastricht University with a MSc in the Biology of Human Performance (2013). He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS), obtained through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Prior to taking on a more prominent role with Cycling Canada, Greg had been working with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario with a variety of sports at the provincial and national levels. Greg has also previously worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Durham University in the UK, the University of Toronto, as well as the Toronto Pan Sports Centre, where he helped establish a strength & conditioning academy for young athletes. Greg’s professional and research interests include force-plate methodology, strength and power monitoring as well as training periodization.

Ryan MacDonald, CSCS

Ryan MacDonald has been the Physical Preparation Coach for Volleyball Canada’s Beach National Team since 2013, overseeing both the Men’s and Women’s Senior and Next Gen programs. Since joining the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario in 2014, his role has expanded as Integrated Support Team (IST) Lead to coordinate and drive the Sport Science and Sport Medicine network that supports Volleyball Canada’s Beach athletes. Ryan has been fortunate to support Canadian Beach Volleyball athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia).

Ryan holds an Honours BA in Kinesiology & Physical Education with his graduate work in Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His current Sport Science interests include Athlete & Load Monitoring, Velocity-Based Training, and Profiling of Jump Performance.

Stephen McMullan, ASCC

Stephen graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science and the University of Edinburgh with a MSc Strength & Conditioning. He is also an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC), obtained through the U.K. Strength & Conditioning Association. Stephen is currently based at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre [Milton, ON] and leads service delivery to Cycling Canada Senior Track programs including Endurance and Sprint. Before moving to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Stephen has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Rugby Canada, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, SportScotland Institute of Sport and the Scottish Rugby Union. He has experience working with athletes from a variety of sports, including Olympic and Paralympic athletes in both individual and team sports. Stephen’s professional interests include training-load monitoring, strength and power diagnostics, training periodization and methodologies, and return to performance training.

Kris Robertson, CSCS

Kris Robertson is a CSIO Strength and Conditioning Coach working with Rugby Canada. Kris is responsible for the physical development of the Senior Women’s National 15’s, as well as the Women’s Rugby Canada Development Academy in Ontario. Kris is a former professional athlete of the Canadian Football League (CFL) being drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 11th overall in the 2013 draft, unfortunately he suffered a knee injury that cut his professional aspirations short. Since then Kris has been Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Kris has worked with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports such as swimming, hockey, basketball, judo, and soccer, Kris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and is currently in progress of completing his Master’s of Exercise Science at Edith Cowan University.

Meena Sharif, CSCS

Meena is a Strength & Conditioning Coach at CSIO supporting the Ontario Swim Academy, identifying and developing the next generation of international podium performances. Prior to CSIO, Meena worked with multiple Varsity Blues teams at the University of Toronto as well as numerous athletes at youth to professional levels at various facilities. Meena also works with various levels of Olympic Weightlifting athletes, ranging from beginner to provincial level.

Chloe Werle, CSCS

Chloe Werle is a CSIO Strength and Conditioning Coach working with the Canada Soccer. Her primary roles with the Canada Soccer include servicing the Ontario Regional EXCELeration Centre (targeting elite female players ages 13-18), the U17 and U20 Female National EXCELeration teams. More recently, she has assisted the Canadian Women’s National Team in many of their international tours including the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this past June. Chloe has been with the CSIO for 2 years. Prior to this position, she worked with the University of Manitoba Bisons as a Graduate Assistant S&C coach with their varsity programs. She completed 5 years of eligibility with the U of M Bisons Soccer Team as a student-athlete and captain.

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