Integrated Support Teams

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Sport Science & Sport Medicine Services for National Team Athletes

Own the Podium through Sport Canada provides financial support to CSIO to create Integrated Support Teams (ISTs) for targeted National Sport Organizations (NSOs) and their Senior National Team athletes and coaches. ISTs are multi-disciplinary teams of sport science, sport medicine and sport performance professionals, that support coaches and athletes in their goal for international podium success.

More specifically, ISTs include experts in exercise physiology; mental performance; biomechanics and performance analysis; sport nutrition; strength and conditioning; sport medicine, including physical therapy and massage therapy; and sport administrators. The IST works regularly with the coaches and athletes to ensure athletes receive world-class care and support for their training, recovery and competition programs. The goal of an IST is to ensure that Canadian athletes are healthy, fit and psychologically ready for optimal performance.

CSIO currently works with these national level training groups:

  • Archery
  • Athletics/Para-athletics
  • Basketball (W)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling/Para-cycling
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Para Ice Hockey
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboard
  • Soccer (W)
  • Softball
  • Swimming/Para-swimming
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wrestling

In addition to the national training groups listed above, CSIO also works with additional National Sport Organizations, their athletes and coaches who require sport science and sport medicine services on a case by case basis.

On the provincial level, CSIO works with targeted Provincial Sport Organizations through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program to deliver IST services and leadership to podium pathway high performance athletes and coaches. To learn more about the OHPSI program, click here.