For over 50 years, curious academic investigators, their students and those providing exercise advice to Canadians have actively led the establishment, evolution and growth of a highly-respected organization. From the beginning, members have been the strength of the organization. From 200 founding members in 1967 to 6000 members today, they are truly dedicated to their research and the opportunity for it to impact the health and well-being of Canadians. Through their efforts, the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences / Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology continues to bring science to practice, influencing evidence-based policies and practice in research, rehabilitation, population health, fitness and chronic disease.
At 50, CSEP reflects on the broad evolution of the state of exercise physiology research and practice since its inception. CSEP continues to be a trusted resource of expertise and a family to many. This timeline highlights key milestones that we hope will provide background for some and generate fond memories. Thank you, to all members who have been a part of these accomplishments and to those who will help lead us into the next 50 years!
The Act is passed by the Government of Canada to improve the fitness of Canadians and Canada’s participation in international sports events. Act includes financial support for research.
A nucleus committee representing the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is set up to lay the groundwork for the future Canadian Association of Sports Sciences. The objective, to establish an association of professionals interested in the scientific aspects of sports and fitness in Canada as well as to promote and advance medical and other scientific studies that support the effect of sports and other physical activities on human’s overall health.
CASS is formally inaugurated on July 24 during the fifth Pan-American Congress on Sports Medicine. A letter from HRH Prince Philip states that the establishment of CASS “shows that there is growing appreciation of the value of positive health in our modern easy going civilization.”
CASS and ACSM host the world’s largest gathering of experts in the field of sports sciences. Over 500 sport scientists attend the Toronto conference covering topics such as: Rules and Ethics in Sports Medicine, Organization and Conduct of Fitness Programs, Rehabilitation in the Service of Medicine and Metabolic Adaption to Physical Activity.
The first validated screening tool of its time, the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) is developed by the British Columbia Ministry of Health to determine those individuals potentially at risk when increasing their level of physical activity before undertaking exercise.
Initially developed to provide physicians, therapists and medical equipment for Canadian athletes who would participate at the Major Games, the SMCC would evolve into a multi-faceted group of medical and paramedical personnel and sport scientists whose collaborative function is to support the development of amateur sport in Canada. CASS is one of the four provider groups that founded SMCC and went on to have resident status in 1982.
Led by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) and supported by CASS members, the first national survey of over 13,500 households provides both a comprehensive picture of fitness levels of Canadians and establishes a benchmark for future research.
CASS establishes the FACA program to address the need for safe and reliable physical fitness appraisals and training in Canada. This program would go on to see many changes, both in name and concentration.
CASS is approached by Sport Canada to develop a standardized program for certifying high performance testing centres across Canada. These High Performance Testing Centres were a precursor to the current Canadian Sport Centres.
This unique national committee is created to focus on lab accreditation, sport specific research protocols, grant reviews for sport research and to assist National Governing Bodies in developing scientific committees.
A registry of sport psychologists who were able and willing to provide sport psychology and mental training services to Canadian high performance athletes.
Following a number of high-profile cases of banned substance abuse at the Olympic level, the Government of Canada initiates the Commission of Inquiry into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance (AKA the Dubin Inquiry). CASS provides written testimony and evidence in response to the recommendations made therein.
25 years after its inception, many original sport science disciplines branch out to form their own organizations which better align with their specific area of research. The remaining CASS members, primarily focused on exercise physiology and human kinetics, lead the membership to change the organization’s name and mission to better reflect their mandate and focus.
With a narrowed focus to the areas of physiology, biochemistry, fitness, health and physical activity, The Canadian Journal of Applied Sport Sciences becomes the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology: Physical Activity, Health and Fitness.
The first CSEP website is launched.
The first CSEP lecture tour takes place to help promote the dissemination of exercise physiology knowledge on a national scale.
The FACA Program changes its name to CSEP Health & Fitness Program (HFP) to reflect the greater range of certifications offered.
The first, systematic evidence-based sedentary behaviour guidelines in the world are released. The guidelines provide recommendations to Canadian children (5 to 11 years of age) and youth (12 to 17 years of age) on limiting sedentary behaviour and screen time during discretionary time to reduce health risks.
CSEP hosts the first Task Force Meeting of Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC). With an objective of facilitating the collaboration between health care professionals and qualified exercise professionals in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. CSEP becomes the official host of EIM in Canada in April 2012.
The CSEP Health & Fitness Program is renamed to reflect program advances and reinforce CSEP’s commitment to raising the bar on the certification of health and fitness professionals and establishing nation-wide standards.
The world’s first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day. These guidelines encourage children & youth to Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit the right amounts for a healthy 24-hours representing the new paradigm that emphasizes the integration of all movement behaviours occurring over a whole day.
CSEP releases a new two-page self-administered, pre-participation screening tool to help move individuals along the path to becoming more physically active.
Co-launch with the Commonwealth of Australia November 20, 2017