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The IFSPT is pleased to welcome Sport Physiotherapy Canada as the newest member organization of the IFSPT!

Canada's membership was approved at the IFSPT General Meeting in Bern, Switzerland, November 19, 2015.

Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) is a division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). SPC is national volunteer driven not for profit organization consisting of graduate physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who have an interest in Sport. SPC has a post graduate credential program for physiotherapists interested in sport. SPC provides education, mentorship, knowledge translation, networking, advocacy and other valuable services to our members.

SPC was founded in 1972 and has continued to grow into a major component of the national sports medicine scene. In 1982, a post graduate education system was implemented and continues to be held as the credentials to have for physiotherapists working with athletes, teams and active individuals. SPC is one of 14 divisions within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Board of Directors:

Nadine Plotnikoff, Chairperson, British Columbia

Timberley George, British Columbia
Paul Hunter, Alberta
Mirielle Landry, Ontario
Laura Lundquist, Nova Scotia
Shannon Estabrooks, Nova Scotia


Executive Director, Ashley Lewis

Member Services Coordinator, Ereka Roach

General Information:
Email: info@sportphysio.ca
Mailing Address:
Suite #75- 2192 Queen St. East
Toronto, Ontario
Main Office: 1-(647)-722-3461


Please welcome SPC to IFSPT! We look forward to getting to know our Canadian member organization better...especially when we gather at Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas later this year.  

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Extreme Athlete Richard Parks to Attempt Another World First...with IFSPT President Nicola Phillips As Key to the Adventure! 
Excerpted from Richard Parks' March 1, 2016 Press Release with editor notes.
Nicki Phillips and Richard Parks in a more relaxed environment earlier this year.

In May 2016. Richard Parks will attempt to become the first person in history to collect a blood sample and muscle biopsy from the summit of Mount Everest. He will also climb the highest mountain in the world without using supplemental oxygen.
Richard will be collecting novel physiological and psychological data during the climb using state of the art technology.

Richard launches Project Everest Cynllun alongside Welsh Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture, Ken Skates at the Senedd. 

Project Everest Cynllun
is a collaborative British research expedition that will showcase internationally the effects of extreme altitude on the body and mind.
The groundbreaking data collected through this incredible feat of human performance will be a pilot study to a larger research group aimed at understanding the mechanisms that underpin dementia and human resilience.

By challenging an otherwise healthy human brain in a hypoxic (low oxygen) environment, Richard and his team of scientific experts will explore the mechanisms underpinning cognitive decline and dementia. Their primary focus will be exploring the link between low blood oxygen levels in the brain and cognition.
This expedition will push Richard physically and mentally further than he has ever been before.
Richard stated; "I've been immersed in the development and training for this project for 18 months now and it's awesome to be able to finally talk about it!"
He added; "Project Everest Cynllun has evolved into my life's work to date with so many independently exciting components - The physical performance, the world first science, the humanitarian legacy, along with the added honour of representing Wales under the Year of Adventure."
"I am prepared to be pushed further than I've been before, however the opportunity to collect this pioneering data justifies the effort. It's a privilege to be able to use my performance to add value to our world."

Richard's passion for the science behind his expeditions was ignited working with the GSK Human Performance Lab, University of South Wales and Sport Wales in development for his Antarctica Speed Record expedition in 2014. Project Everest Cynllun is an evolution of Richard's performance research with these world-class British organisations in Antarctica. The Sony UK Technology Centre have played a part in all of Richard's projects and join Project Everest Cynllun as technology partner.

Left to right: Professor Damian Bailey, specialising physiology in altitude and brain perfusion; Ana Antón-Solanas, senior scientist and dietitian at the GSK Human Performance Lab; Richard Parks; Professor Nicola Phillips, lead and president of IFSPT; and Simon Lowe, owner, Jagged Globe, a leading expedition company who did logistics for the Cauldwell project, the largest study done on subjects exercising at Everest Base Camp.

 Underpinning this groundbreaking opportunity is the physical performance of climbing Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. Richard's physical resilience and conditioning has been led by Professor Nicola Phillips, Cardiff University and Sport Wales physiotherapy specialist [and IFSPT President] working closely with Ana Antón-Solanas, senior scientist at the GSK Human Performance Lab.
Professor Nicola Phillips stated; "Richard's preparation to climb Everest without using supplementary oxygen has seen him work extremely hard through three key phases: A strength phase, conversion phase, and a cardiovascular phase which he is currently in before an acclimatisation and tapering phase." She added; "The conditioning has gone very well. It's incredible how his body has responded to the specific training - he's not far off the weight he was when he came off Antarctica in major nutritional deficit, but is stronger than he's been in years."

Richard Parks undergoes testing and training.

She added; "This is going to be an incredibly tough expedition for him. He's obviously very fit, he works hard at that, but one of the things which sets him apart even further is his mental attitude. This is displayed in his preparation, attention to detail and the incredible strength of will and character when he is in the hardest part of his expeditions."

Richard and his science team will leave Wales for Nepal at the end of March aiming to arrive at Everest Base Camp late April after his acclimatisation strategy. Richard aims to summit during the last week of May.

IFSPT's Nicki Phillips will join him as part of this team.
He will climb Everest via the South Col route from Nepal. The historic route climbed by Hilary and Tenzing in 1953.

Above 8,000m the body becomes catabolic, losing its ability to regenerate at a cellular level. It's called the death zone as there isn't the partial pressure of oxygen to sustain human life. Traditionally climbers use supplemental oxygen above 7,300m, as Richard did in his previous ascent during the 737 Challenge. This time, Richard will be climbing Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Richard aims to collect the following samples on the summit:
- Arterialised and venous blood samples
- Novel tablet based cognitive performance assessments
- Continuous cardiovascular, respiratory and brain function measures
- Expired gases
- Salivary hormonal and mucosal immune responses
- Muscle biopsy
On the summit, Richard will collect samples both without supplemental oxygen and also following 5 minutes of breathing supplemental oxygen to demonstrate how close the human brain is to its limits, before descending without oxygen. Selected data will be collected continuously above the Khumbu Icefall during the summit bid and during descent using state of the art technology.
"This potentially will be the hardest psychological test I'll have ever faced." Richard stated. "Having the mental strength to stick to the research protocols that we've designed and only use the supplemental oxygen for 5 minutes, when every fibre of my body will be screaming for it is hard to articulate. I'm imagining that it'll be like holding your breath under water and stopping yourself coming up for air."
Currently the highest blood sample ever taken on Mount Everest is by the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Project in 2007. Incredibly, they collected four arterial samples on four subjects at 8,400m on Everest's balcony. The team climbed using supplemental oxygen, coming off it for 20 minutes before taking their blood samples. The samples were then taken down to the Western Cwm at 6,300m to be analyzed.
Nobody in history has ever recorded a blood sample on the summit itself, or without using supplemental oxygen.

Richard's earlier climb to the top of Mt. Everest.

Everest's summit stands at 8,848m/29,029ft. "A few feet higher and it wouldn't be humanly possible" stated Simon Lowe, Jagged Globe director and logistics lead on the project. "Everest is the pinnacle of what we do and climbing it without oxygen really is on the cusp of human endeavour - but if there's one human I would bet on to do it, it would be Richard." He added; "The weather, as always plays a massive part, if there's low pressure on the day, that means less oxygen on the summit, making it feel even higher."

Editor's note: We will continue to follow this fascinating and exciting event in future newsletters, which will include examining Richard's preparation regimen, as well as updates and scientific findings. We are grateful to Richard Parks and his organization for allowing us to share his experience as a contribution to the field of sports physical therapy. Their generosity is very much appreciated.

President's note: The work we did to introduce more strength and conditioning principles into Richard's physical resilience programme for what would typically be described as an ultra-endurance challenge has pushed the boundaries of more traditional physiotherapy intervention. We've learned a lot from other High Performance training methods, such as in cycling, and modified those principles to apply to a high altitude mountaineering environment.

Richard has been incredibly generous in allowing us to video and photograph many of his training sessions, so that we can use them to inform professional development.  

Please follow this link
to read the entire press release.
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