InMotion Network November Newsletter - topics include being physically active as we mark Osteoporosis and Diabetes awareness month.

Success Story: 
Kimberly Cox , Recipient of  ' Take the Lead Grant'

Kimberly Cox, Competition Coach Specialist Dressage

InMotion Network, holds its bi-annual intake of the Education Grant 'Take the Lead', in April and October.  With many successful coaching certification stories, one such remarkable story is of Kimberly Cox. She tells her own story:

"Thanks to the financial support of the InMotion Network I am the first candidate in the province of Alberta to achieve a Competition Coach Specialist Dressage designation. This accreditation is certified by Equine Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada, and  is administered by the Alberta Equestrian Federation.

The process involved reaching or exceeding all certification outcomes. Some of these outcomes are theory based; others were assessed in person. My evaluators, as chosen by Equine Canada, were Dale Irwin and Maureen Walters.

I developed a Year Training Plan (YTP) to support the progress of the human and equine athletes. The riders were assessed according to the Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) model and the horses were trained following the Dressage Scale of Training as specified by the United States Dressage Federation. Exercises are then developed to address issues in training. The YTP is a flexible model that accommodates differences in athletes. It also includes adjunct training such as weight training, Pilates, and yoga to improve rider fitness. The YTP includes an enhanced equine health regimen including dental and veterinary care, massage, chiropractic adjustments, saddle fit, and farriery. The YTP is divided into phases in the competition year with attention to rest and recovery cycles for both horse and rider. The YTP is part of the written work submitted to the evaluators before the practical examination. Planning for the coaching of riders and training of their horses encompass Outcomes One and Two: Designing and Managing an Equestrian Sports Program.

My evaluators observed my preparation and warm up of a Fourth Level student competing at a recent Calgary Area National Level Gold Show. The quality of the warm up for both the horse and rider was assessed. The goal of the warm-up is to achieve suppleness and harmony between the human and equine athletes. The competition coach’s task is to support both athletes and maximize their performance. The coach’s role includes managing logistics and ensuring that the rider and horse are free of pre-test distractions maintaining a relaxed mental state.  It also includes supervising hydration breaks, timing of the warm up, and coordinating with the ring-steward for the order of go. This portion of the evaluation is an element of Outcome Three: Supporting and Training Mental Skills for Equine Sport.
The result of a successful warm up is a successful test.  It is the responsibility of the coach to debrief the athlete following the test in a supportive and constructive manner no matter where the athlete places in the class. The effectiveness of the debriefing was assessed in Outcome Four: Analyze Performance in Competition.

My lesson delivery evaluation was held at Black Whiskey Ranch after the competition element was completed. I prepared and taught four separate lessons to four horse/rider combinations on topics chosen by the evaluators. The lesson topics were: teaching a student to improve their horse through longing (working a horse on a long line on a circle), improving the half- halt, refining the half-pass, and riding balanced10 m circles accurately. In one of the prepared lessons the evaluators asked me to switch my lesson focus to improve a rider’s equitation in order to assess my adaptive management skills. This portion of the coaching evaluation fulfilled Evaluation Step Two: Support Athletes in Training- Practical Evaluation.

Kimberly Cox, featured on Alberta Equestrian Fedration magazine, Fall 2015.

I utilized my knowledge as a physical education teacher, high school coach, and competitive equestrian to formulate successful Year Training Plans for riders and their horses. I can appreciate the importance of planning for progress and success as an athlete and coach. As an equestrian I know the skill and effort required to bring a horse along in training. The effect of a correct and effective dressage training program is harmony between horse and rider. This harmonious relationship between horse and rider is paramount to their competitive success."

You can read further about her story here.

Osteoporosis - The Silent Thief

November is the month focusing on Osteoporosis -  a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture (broken bones), particularly of the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder. Osteoporosis is often known as “the silent thief” because bone loss occurs without symptoms. Osteoporosis is sometimes confused with osteoarthritis, because the names are similar. Osteoporosis is a bone disease; osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue.

1 in 3 women will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. This can be controlled by: 
  • Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defence against developing osteoporosis later.
  • Peak bone mass is achieved at an early age, age 16-20 in girls.
  • Women and men alike begin to lose bone in their mid-30s; as they approach menopause, women lose bone at a greater rate, from 2-3 per cent per year.

Difference between a normal bone and one affected by Osteoporosis

Exercise is very important for all of us, but especially for those with osteoporosis who are at risk of a broken bone (fracture).

Here are a few key reasons why exercise is important for individuals with osteoporosis:

  • To build muscle strength
  • To prevent falls
  • To protect the spine
  • To slow the rate of bone loss
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November 14 - World Diabetes Day

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As we celebrate the World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2015 - it is important to note that today, there are more than 10 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.
With more than 20 Canadians being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know.

Diabetes prevalence is growing at epidemic levels across Canada. Currently, one in four Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. If trends continue, this will rise to one in three by 2020.
Canada has a growing and aging population, and over 60% of Canadians are overweight or obese. These factors, combined with an increase in sedentary lifestyles, continue to drive growing diabetes prevalence.
Aboriginal peoples, immigrants, some ethno-cultural communities, and low-income Canadians carry a heavier diabetes burden. While more men than women have diabetes, diabetes prevalence is greater in women in high-risk and marginalized populations.Continue reading...

At InMotion Network, promoting physical activity for women & girls is crucial to ensure that access to physical activities and sports provides the increasingly diabetic population of women and girls with avenues to be in control of their over-all well being.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • The next intake for the Go Girl, Girls in Motion and Women in Motion programs is December 01, 2015.
  • The next intake for Take the Lead is April 30, 2016

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