HPC In The News

July 27, 2015

My view from the sidelines: Volunteering at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (PDF)

Many people ask me why I do it. Why I spend hours and hours working for free. I became a physiotherapist working predominately in a sporting environment because I enjoy high level sport and competition... I guess you can say I compete vicariously through the athletes.

February 23, 2013

Forum shows there's a long way to go on concussion front

What is apparent is that the culture is changing, that there are those willing and looking to make change. To make sports safer for athletes and athletes safe before they return to sport. It is a gradual process but one that in time will create more consensus than conflict, more comfort than confusion and—most of all—a healthier environment for athletes.

December 15, 2012

The Family Meal Is Worth Fighting For (PDF)

October 18, 2012

Time to take bite out of bad eating habits

July 3, 2012

All athletes—even Olympians—need help getting proper fuel, Guelph dietitian says

Improving athletic performance for endurance athletes and weekend warriors alike can be as simple as drinking enough fluids and eating the proper food at regular intervals, says a registered dietitian in Guelph who specializes in providing sport nutrition advice. Heidi Smith, who owns and operates a nutrition communications and consulting practice out of the Health and Performance Centre at the University of Guelph, said she often finds when she begins working with competitive athletes that “it’s very basic stuff that they’re not doing properly that everybody needs to do, like drinking enough water, eating enough the night before and eating enough throughout the day.” “A lot of real simple tips can have huge impact on performance,” she added. The same philosophy can be transferred to the average person who wants to run, play tennis or do other recreational sports. “We all have the same body functioning. We all have to have energy to burn. We need fuel.”

February 3, 2012

Facing up to 40: Guelph Mercury writer, Drew Edwards on turning 40 and participating in the HPC's Step Program

"(Jason Smith) says, there’s a difference between health and performance and says there are a number of things I could do to become a better “athlete” — a word that in my case deserves quotation marks. It’s important to continue being vigilant with a regular workout schedule because whatever gains I’ve made are easily lost. Decreases in health or performance accrue year after year — the whole over-the-hill thing at 40, doesn’t really apply as far as science goes, Smith says".