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CATA Workshop: What can influence pain in athletes? A conditioned pain modulation experiment

Fairmont Banff Springs - Banff, AB
March 08 2023

Led by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, this workshops will be held on the Wednesday before CASEM’s annual symposium on March 8th 2023.

Due to the hands-on nature of this course, registration is limited! 

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm with a break incorporated

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs – Alberta Room

About: In this workshop we will be discussing how to measure pain and pain related fear in athletes. We will also be conducting a cold pressor task with all participants which require submerging your hand in cold water for 3 minutes which is uncomfortable, so that attendees can take pain measurements.

Accreditation – CATA members can claim 0.6 CATA CEUs under Category E for attending this workshop.

Summary of workshop:
We will be discussing the definition of pain and how to measure it. In addition, we will outline some of the biopsychosocial factors that can influence pain in athletes. We will also provide instructions on how to measure pain related fear in athletes and how to interpret the scales. Lastly, we will be conducting a conditioned pain modulation experiment where workshop attendees will complete a cold pressor task so we can measure pain in participants while receiving a noxious stimulus.

Speaker Biography:

Explore Concordia: Geoffrey Dover

Geoff Dover is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Certified Athletic Trainer. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph he completed his Athletic Therapy training at Sheridan College. He then earned his master’s degree and PhD at the University of Florida. Dr. Dover was the director of the Graduate Athletic Training program at the University of Florida before returning to Canada and joining the faculty at Concordia University where he is an associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology.

Research interests
We attempt to answer why some people feel more pain than others, and how that increase in pain affects recovery and function. My research interests include studying biopsychosocial factors that influence pain and affect recovery in athletes. In addition, we are identifying risk factors for the development of chronic pain. Chronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and costly problem for our society. Clinical outcomes following treatment of musculoskeletal disorders are often unfavorable and, as a result, represents a significant source of chronic disability. My research attempts to determine the risk factors that lead to increased pain perception and decreased function in a variety of populations.