The Body Matters

This course examines the benefits of physical activity, how to prevent injuries, and what to do when injuries occur. The course will include content from leading international experts in multiple fields related to the science of exercise.



This course examines the benefits of physical activity, how to prevent injuries, and what to do when injuries occur. The course will include content from leading international experts in multiple fields related to the science of exercise.

About this Course

Exercise is promoted as a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle. Ever wonder why? Exercise is more than just an “art of converting big meals and fattening snacks into back strains and pulled muscles by lifting heavy things that don’t need to be moved, or running when no one is chasing you.” Our bodies evolved to move over several millennia.

Did you know that physically active obese individuals live longer than inactive thin individuals? Are you interested in seeing the evidence on the benefits and risks of stretching? What is the best way to treat your ankle, knee, and/or shoulder injury? How does injury affect mood and what are the consequences?

Whether you are a competitive athlete, an aspiring musician or dancer, whether you play for fun or just want to lead an active lifestyle, this course will entertain and challenge you. Topics will include basic and advanced principles of body movement and biological, psychological and social issues related to activity/sport/injury/rehabilitation. The course will include content from leading international experts in multiple fields related to the science of exercise.

Course Staff

Dr. Ian Shrier
Ian has been a practicing sport medicine physician for over 20 years with doctoral training in physiology and post-doctoral training in epidemiology. He is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, with over 180 peer-reviewed publications and twelve book chapters on topics related to physical activity, injuries, and research methods. He is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Research Synthesis Methods, an editorial board member of four international sport medicine journals, and a member of the Cochrane Collaboration Statistical and Bias Methods Groups.

Patrice Aubertin
Mr. Patrice Aubertin is Director of Research and Teacher Training Programs at the National Circus School (NCS) in Montréal, Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts. His innovation and research interests focus on the social and physical impacts of circus arts practice in youth, circus arts pedagogy as well as creative-research, dramaturgy and creativity. Prior to his work at NSC, Mr. Aubertin worked at Cirque du Soleil for 10 years as acrobatic coach, artists’ training senior coordinator and Director of Research and Development- New creation projects.

Steven Blair
Dr. Blair is a Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and National Academy of Kinesiology. He is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees and received awards from the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association, the Obesity Society, the National Institutes of Health, and Surgeon General’s Medallion. His 650 scientific papers and chapters have been cited over 42,000 times.

Gloria Cohen
Gloria is a primary care sports medicine physician at Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists in Greenwich, Ct. and for the Columbia University varsity athletic teams. Gloria served as a team physician for the Canadian National Olympic Cycling Team for 14 years, the Canadian Medical Team for the 4 Olympic Games including the host medical team for the Vancouver Olympics. Gloria is also a successful competitive runner who has qualified twice for the New York Marathon, and is both an off-road and road cyclist. Gloria is currently a lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics at Columbia University.

Kerry Gordon
Kerry Gordon is the Senior Head Therapist, Performance Medicine for Resident Shows at Cirque du Soleil. Her previous work includes the National Football League, Extreme Football League, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Kerry currently oversees 21 therapists who are responsible for the care, prevention and rehabilitation of Cirque du Soleil performers. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics including spine stabilization, rehabilitation post platelet-rich plasma therapy, and working in the performing arts. Kerry has appeared on CNN and “The Doctors”, and her passion is working with elite athletes that are motivated to push the limits on human performance.

Abe Kestenberg
Abe is an associate professor at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. He studied saxophone, clarinet and flute and has toured the world with orchestras, chamber groups, theatre shows and artists. As well, he has performed on many television and radio shows, jingles, recordings and film music. He continues to teach at McGill and his current interests include chamber music, music professional development and video production. Part of Abe’s teaching involves developing proper technique in young musicians to avoid serious injury. He regularly invites a physiotherapist specializing in music playing related injuries to his class.

Paul McCrory
Paul McCrory is a neurologist and sports & exercise physician at the Florey Institutes of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Paul is a former editor-in-chief of BJSM, serves on 5 other editorial boards and is a past-president of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians. Paul is Chair of the International Concussion in Sport Consensus Group. He has over 450 publications, 5 textbooks, and received the 2010 Duke of Edinburgh Prize (awarded for an outstanding contribution to clinical and/or research work in the field of sports medicine).

Michael Montanaro
Michael is Chair, Department of Contemporary Dance, Concordia University and a founding member of Hexagram – Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts. He is a trans-disciplinary artist best known for his work in contemporary dance and mixed media. He graduated Hartford Conservatory and performed with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Le Groupe de la Place Royale (5 years as co-artistic director). Michael has worked as a choreographer, director and collaborator on Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai”, Opéra de Montréal`s multi-media version of “Carmina Burana”, “Frankenstein’s Ghosts, and a series of short films entitled “Dances For Small Spaces”.

Margo Mountjoy
Margo is a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Family Medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University where she teaches sport medicine. Margo is the Canadian team physician for Synchro Canada, and a member of the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA: International Aquatics Federation) Executive Board. She is also a member of several IOC medical-related committees, and several international anti-doping agencies. Margo is the lead author on the IOC Concensus paper on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, and the editor of the IOC Handbook on the Female Athlete.

Bernard Petiot
Renowned coach at Gymnix de Montréal (1980-1998), Bernard coached many top Canadian Athletes (Artistic Gymnastics). He has also been an analyst for the Olympic games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. Bernard Petiot has been part of the Cirque du Soleil management team for 15 years. He is currently Vice President of Casting and Performance, overseeing Acrobatic Performance and Equipment Design and Development, Performance Medicine, Artist Training, Coaching and Casting.

Andrew Pipe
Dr. Pipe is Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He has addressed audiences in over 30 nations on smoking, drug use in sport, and physical activity. He is currently President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada, and served as a physician at 10 Olympic Games. He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, served as Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and is a recipient of the IOC Award for “Sport, Health and Wellbeing”. Dr. Pipe was named to the Order of Canada in 2002.

Robert E. Sallis
Dr. Sallis is a family physician at Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years. A Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), he chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association. Dr. Sallis was the founding editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports, chaired the Healthcare Sector for the National Physical Activity Plan and is a spokesperson for Every Body Walk!. He has received awards for his work from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine and ACSM.



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