Continuing Education

The AATA and CATA offer a wide range of opportunities for members seeking professional development and personal enrichment. The page offers a list of courses available to Athletic Therapists in the province of Alberta. The information on this page (course costs, dates, or CEUs) is subject to change.

Soft Tissue Release (Level 1)

Soft Tissue Release (STR) is the “Foundation” of all the recent “release techniques” and has developed into the fastest acting therapy for all acute and chronic soft tissue pain – providing permanent results. Clients injured in sports, at work, or with injuries incurred over time, can all benefit from STR. The entire body is covered in this one workshop. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching. The technique involves applying precise pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved.

Date: Calgary (AB) July 16-17, 2017
Instructor: Jim Bilotta
Registration Fee: $425; Students: $295
CEU: 6.0

Modern Manual Therapy:The Eclectic Approach to Upper & Lower Quarter Assessment and Treatment

The course will cover:

  • The principles of Eval, Reset, and Stabilize
  • Movement Screen and Repeated Motions based evaluation
  • Neurodynamic testing ­ median, radial, ulnar nerves and sciatic and femoral nerves
  • Thrust manipulation of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage (IASTM) with the EDGE Tool
  • Neurodynamic treatment
  • Functional mobilization of the hip, knee, and ankle
  • Home exercises, repeated motions based resets and using the EDGE Mobility Bands
  • An emphasis on patient education and self treatment

Date: Calgary (AB) Sep 16-17, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Erson Religioso DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT
Registration Fee: Early bird fees are $595 (until Aug 12); regular fees are $695
Contact: 250-474-6596,
CEU: Contact CATA

Best Practices in Concussion Management

Advanced concussion management education and training for Healthcare Providers. Directed to rehabilitation professionals (physiotherapists, chiropractors, athletic therapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals in the field). Includes in-depth information on concussion assessment and rehabilitation techniques, baseline testing, physical exertion testing, and more.

Date: Calgary (AB) Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017
Instructor: Shift Concussion Management Inc.
Registration Fee: $895.00
Contact: 1-855-223-1002 ex.1,
CEU: 6.8

Complete Hip and Shoulder: Assess, Correct, and Train

This workshop will go through pertinent anatomical and functional considerations for personal trainers, strength coaches and practitioners when working with general population, athletic and rehabilitation clientele and patients. Specific attention will be paid to overhead motion, scapular mechanics, and thoracic function in the shoulder day, and lumbopelvic rhythm, hip joint range of motion, and the role of core stabilization to hip motion.

Participants will learn hands on assessments for the shoulder and hip, mobility practices and stabilization patterns, as well as how to coach common movements with adaptations to their specific anatomical and mobility considerations determined through the assessments.

Date: Calgary (AB) Oct 14-15, 2017
Instructor: Dean Somerset, BSc, CSEP, MES, CSCS
Registration Fee: Early bird fees are $299 (until Aug 12); regular fees are $399
Contact: 250-474-6596,
CEU: Contact CATA

Contemporary Cupping Methods (CCM)

Contemporary Therapeutic Cupping techniques and apparatus for intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of soft tissue conditions. (muscle/fascia/ligament/tendon/joint capsule/circulatory/digestive/integumentary systems). Presentation methods include: Lecture (Visual presentations and live audio delivery, Q&A interaction with students); Hands on demonstration by instructor; Student exchange with guidance by instructor.

Date: Edmonton (AB) Oct 20-22,2017; Calgary (AB) Nov 10-12, 2017
Instructor: Herb Longworth, MSc, CSMTA
Registration Fee: Regular fees are $US550; early bird fees are $US495 and group discounts are offered (inquire).
Contact: Herb Longworth,
CEU: 9.6

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization “B” Course

Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

Date: Calgary (AB) Oct 27-29, 2017
Instructor: Jana Vesela, DPT
Registration Fee: $995
Contact: 250-474-6596,
CEU: Contact CATA

Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science

Significant research in the pain neurosciences and biomechanics field often appears to undermine the reasoning and justifications for many of the traditional therapeutic approaches and techniques of the many rehabilitation professions. By addressing both the weaknesses and strengths of the biomechanical approach we can see that treatment can be much simpler, congruent with the cognitive, neuroscience approach and best evidenced based practice. This course provides a framework to utilize an alternative biomechanical approach that blends neuroscience pain education. This course teaches the therapist how to teach patients about pain science in a treatment framework that still utilizes specific/corrective exercise and manual therapy. Therapists are taught a model of treatment that simplifies the assessment process and the treatment.

Special topics include therapeutic neuroscience education, assessment and exercise prescription, symptom modification techniques, tendinopathy as a model for persistent pain research and a reconceptualization of manual and exercise therapy that is symptom modification based rather than biomechanically driven.

Date: Calgary (AB) Nov 4-5, 2017
Instructor: Greg Lehman, BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT
Registration Fee: Early bird $595 (until Oct 4th); Regular $695 – contact for student discount of $100!
Contact: 250-474-6596,
CEU: Contact CATA