Detraining, What to do in the off season & Transition to life after sport

April 24, 2018 Athlete Session

Panel, moderated by Jeff Powell


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[bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Panellists:
Jorie Janzen, Director of Sport Dietetics
Kyle Turcotte, Director of Physical Preparation
Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Director of Sport Psychology
Jérémie Chase, Sport Science Assistant
Adam Decker, Performance Science and Talent ID Leadt[/bs_col]

Key take aways from the panel


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Regardless of what stage you’re in, what challenges you’re having, chances are that someone else has been through it

Unsure where, or how, to find resources and people to talk to? Contact CSCM at and we’ll help you find the resource/person appropriate for you.

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Dealing with stress

  • Where able, be proactive, in addition to being reactive
  • Dealing with stress is both an “art & science” in regards to judging when it is appropriate to push an athlete and when it is not
    • There is a fine balance between loading stress and removing stress
    • What to do, how to react, can depend on the cause of the stress

“Date Yourself” – “Everywhere you go, there you are”

  • Self-awareness is important
  • Become connected with yourself

“It’s okay to feel like crap”

  • Celebrate – regardless of if you win or lose
  • Remember – “Failure is a necessary part of this journey”
  • Understand why you are doing this – ask yourself “what makes my heart sing?”

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What’s your relationship with food?

  • As an athlete you fuel for performance, after sport fuel for health & wellness
  • Be aware of your caloric needs
  • Food is…
    • nourishment
    • emotional
    • cultural

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Address immediate injuries

Correct any anatomically imbalances you may have

  • Some imbalances are acceptable for sport, however not necessarily for life

Fill the void – fill the energy demand

  • Continue with main sport, however taper – decrease the volumes & intensities
  • Try a new activity

Know your goals – decide what you want to do

Training load quantity – cutting cold turkey vs decreasing gradually

  • While there is minimal research regarding this, there is lots of anecdotal advise



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“Figure out for yourself what your nonnegotiable are” – Chantal Givens, 2016 Paralympian

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On school, sport balance, “do super well in school, even if it’s just a little bit at a time and not a full course load.” – Jen Saunders, 2015 Pan American Game Medalist



On advise to his pre-retirement self, “stop & smell the roses…explore things outside your sport” – Jeff Powell, 2004 Olympian