April, 2013

OATA Report Winter 2013


The glacial pace of becoming a regulated health profession took a sudden move forward with the new Liberal leader stating that all outstanding Transitional Councils were to be moved to the front of the law books and to be declared as soon as April 1st, 2013. This is great news as the proroguement of our provincial government had put all legislation on hold. The reasons for this are both timing and fiscal. As long as the Councils are still “Transitional” they are funded by the government. Once the legislation is finally passed, the Colleges are to be self sufficient and off the government books!!

The Kinesiology College is now taking on registrations but we have urged the OATA membership to not register until the final agreements between the Kinesiology College and Athletic Therapy have be ironed out. Those negotiations are ongoing at the time of this report.


The 2013 OATA   AGM is rapidly approaching and while we had hoped to have the AGM around the time of the CATA Conference, the time tables of a shorter conference did not allow for this to occur.

The AGM will be held at Kingbridge conference center on April 27th. With our membership renewal process completed in January, we have had 134 people indicate they would be willing to assist the OATA in a number of efforts. To that end, there will be a significant drive leading up to and during the AGM to recruit as many members to join important OATA committees.

Programs of Care

Under the watchful eyes of Sarah Rabinovich and Stef Moser the OATA is collecting significant data on the treatment results of numerous Athletic Therapists across our province. This collection of Evidence Based Practices is crucial to have to demonstrate the scientific validity of Athletic Therapy in the clinical settling. The data will be important to any discussions with Third Party Insurance Providers reviewing the inclusion of Athletic Therapy in their programs.

Minor Traumatic Brain Initiative (mTBI)/Concussion

The OATA has played a crucial role in this provincial initiative to bring recognition and awareness to the short and long term effects of concussion.

The 4th Consensus on Sport Concussion, Zurich November 2012 has had great influence on the Concussion Tool that was created by the Awareness and Recognition group of the mTBI. That tool is now on the OATA website under the Concussion 101 section. The information on the tool is reflective of this last agreement in Zurich. We in Ontario are extremely excited about the release of the SCAT 3 and the Child SCAT 3 as the age group of 12 and younger is a challenging group to work with in terms of their cognitive development and limited experience with head pain/ headache and general feelings of malaise following concussion.

Provincial Bill 39, our Provincial Concussion legislation has been in stasis along with our government but it has been communicated to the mTBI that the bill or one similar will be enacted as soon as possible. The bill had all party support and should move through the house quickly once reintroduced. The major result of this bill is that all Ontario Schools will be required to have specific concussion protocols in place by the time the bill is enacted. This has spurred considerable action at the school board level to have the mechanics of this new requirement in place. A significant change is looking at the return to learn/school process as it is too often left to a parent to make the decision for their child to return to school, with little or no training on concussion management

We are experiencing an odd sensation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as the Maple Leafs are playing relevant hockey in late March, something that has not happened for quite some time. So this is what our members in the Ottawa area have been experiencing over the last few seasons!!!

Drew Laskoski CAT(C)

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