April 8th, 2013

Renneberg Becomes First Athletic Therapist to Work at High School In Saskatchewan

The SATA would like to congratulate Nicole Renneberg, who is also our current president, on becoming the first Athletic Therapist to be employed full-time by a high school in the history of the province. She was hired by the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and is responsible for the health and well-being of all student-athletes enrolled at the school. Congratulations Nicole!


March 1st, 2013

Concussion Management Symposium

The Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan, in conjunction with Continuing Physical Therapy Education, would like to announce an upcoming educational opportunity in Saskatoon on April 26th, and 27th, 2013.

Friday's event is intended for coaches, teachers, parents, athletes, volunteers and administrators of sports activities. Information regarding this event can be found here.

On Saturday, a concussion management symposium intended for health professionals will be offered. The focus of this symposium is to educate health professional regarding early recognition of and managment of concussion. It also aim to promote creating guidelines and policy for concussioin management to encourage consistency throughout the province. Information regarding Saturday's symposium can be found here.

January 1st, 2013

Thank You!

The SATA would like recognize the outstanding contributions of one of our long-serving members, Kari Hiebert. Kari recently retired from Athletic Therapy to focus on her career as a nurse. She volunteered countless hours to the association as a past president for five years.

Thank you Kari and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours!


September 27th, 2012

Ivan Gutfriend's Name is 'Synonomous with Athletic Therapy in Saskatchewan'

For 35 seasons and 720 games, Gutfriend has been with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Former Saskatchewan Roughriders centre Jeremy O'Day had an important rule when dealing with an injury.

"Whatever Ivan [Gutfriend] told me to do in rehab, I would make sure that I do it religiously. It seemed to work for me," said O'Day, now the Riders' assistant general manager, who suffered three medial collateral ligament injuries during his career. "For a player, he's awesome."

That was a good rule to have.

Gutfriend, the Riders' director of athletic therapy, has been a part of the organization for 35 seasons and 720 regular-season games. Gutfriend's 700th game was when the Green and White trounced the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 45-23 in the Banjo Bowl last season.

"He's been around for so long and he's seen everything that can happen to a football team, so he's very resourceful," O'Day said. "I think that he's just a tremendous resource for all our players.

Read more....


September 18th, 2012

Greg Mayer is a Mainstay with the Pats

In the Western Hockey League, players, coaches and front-office staff may come and go routinely, but for nine seasons the Regina Pats haven't had to worry about stability in athletic therapy because of Greg Mayer.

Mayer is entering his ninth season as the Pats' athletic therapist. In his tenure, he has worked with four head coaches, two general managers and hundreds of different players.

"It's a little bit like being on Survivor. Other than Brent (Parker, team president), I'm kind of the last man standing," Mayer said. "It's a unique position because you are part of the team and of course you want your team to excel, but on the other side, you try to separate yourself a bit from the actual day-to-day thing because the reality of my job is that I'm not supposed to produce wins. You are hired to do a different thing."

Read the entire article here.


September 7th, 2012

New SATA Members

The SATA would like to welcome it's two newest members to the association.

Tyler Paturel recently moved to Saskatchewan from Quebec and has accepted a position with the Yorkton Terriers Junior 'A' Hockey Club as the team's Athletic Therapist. Congratulations Tyler!

Neal Demmans is a Certification Candidate who is attending Mount Royal University this year. Good luck with your schooling Neal!


August 15th, 2012

New SATA Executive Members

Following the 2012 SATA AGM, there were two new member's elected to the SATA Executive.

Courtney Schell has been elected to serve as the vice-president of the SATA. Courtney recently completed her degree at Sheridan College and moved back to Saskatchewan where she is now working at Pro Sport Rehab in Saskatoon. Congratulations Courtney!

The association also welcomes our incoming president, Nicole Renneberg. Nicole previously served as the vice-president and takes over for our outgoing president, Dale Pitura. The SATA would like to thank Dale for his contributions to the Association.

June 22nd, 2012

Sandy Archer Scholarship Award Winner Announced

In conjunction with National Athletic Therapy Month, the SATA is proud to announce that Tresley Arnason was the recipient of this year's scholarship. Congratulations Tresley!

The SATA would also like to thank its members who volunteered prior to the game with our "Spat Like the Riders" event. Lisa Swallow, Nicole Renneberg and Erin Stinnen provided Rider fans with the opportunity to have their shoes spatted just like the players. Pictures to come!


April 22nd, 2012

Saskatchewan Athletic Therapist is Royal Bank Cup Bound

Athletic Therapist Blair Niekamp has been asked to be a member of the Host community medical staff for the 2012 Royal Bank Cup in Humboldt, SK which runs from May 5th - 13th. The RBC Cup is the National tournament for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), which crowns the Canadian Junior ‘A’ hockey champion. 

Blair has been the Owner/Therapist of Finish First Athletic Therapy in Humboldt, SK for the last 2 years.  Previous to owning his clinic Blair was employed by the Saskatoon Blades, Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen.  Blair resides in Humboldt with his wife Lisa.


February 1st, 2012

SATA Represented in 2011 National Athletic Therapy Month Awards

In June 2011, several SATA members were involved in events increasing the exposure of Athletic Therapy across Saskatchewan and Canada. The theme for this year's promotion was "Baby Your Brain - Understand the Signs and Risks of Head Injuries."

Lisa Swallow, owner of Stapleford Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Clinic in Regina, was recognized as having the Best Print Award for her campaign promoting the awareness of concussions in sport. The SATA as an association was recognized as having the Best Television Ad for its presentation of the annual Sandy Archer - Saskatchewan Athletic Therapists Association Athletic Therapy Award during a Saskatchewan Roughriders game in June. A complete list of winners can be found here.

Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for your continued support of Athletic Therapy in Saskatchewan!


December 15th, 2011

Swallow Speaks on Concussions

On Thursday, December 15th, SATA member Lisa Swallow was an invited guest on The SportsCage, a local Regina Sports Talk Radio show, to discuss the recent increase in attention surrounding sport concussions. If you would like to listen to Lisa's talk, it can be heard here.


December 1st, 2011

SATA Member Publishes Ground-Breaking Concussion Research

The SATA would like congratulate Trevor Len on the recent publication of an article in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The article, titled "Cerebrovascular Reactivity Impairment Following Sport-Induced Concussion", was featured in the December issue and was highlighted by the Editor-in-Chief in his commentary.

Trevor recently completed his Masters of Science in Kinesiology & Health Studies from the University of Regina which focused on the pathophysiological effects of concussions on the brain.

For more information, check out the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise website and the article itself here.


September 16th, 2011

Greg Mayer a Mainstay for Regina Pats

SATA member Greg Mayer was recently featured in an article in the Regina Leader-Post. The article can be found here.

Greg will complete his1000th game in Calgary on October 12th, 2011. Congratulations to Greg on his acheivement!


September 11th, 2011

Gutfriend hits milestone mark

On September 11th, 2011, long-time Athletic Therapist for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ivan Gutfriend, reached a monumental milsetone when he completed his 700th game as head therapist. Serving for 34 seasons as the club's Athletic Therapist, Ivan is the longest serving member of the Rouhriders.

The SATA would like to congratulate Ivan on reaching this milestone!