The University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Kinesiology and the USask Health Sciences are proud to host the 2022 North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) Meeting on Aug. 3 - 6, 2022, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This year's theme is "The Child's Right to be Fit."

Please bookmark this site and check back here for announcements involving keynotes, itinerary, special presentations, and more.

Details will be posted as they are confirmed.

NOTE: Due to unavoidable circumstances, Emeritus Professor Neil Armstrong (PhD, DSc) is unable to attend NASPEM 2022. Dr. Armstrong had previously been scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation on Day 3. NASPEM 2022 organizers apologize for any inconvenience.

Speakers

The Don Bailey Lecture

Physical activity and mental health: Is there still a role for movement competence?

Previous research has shown that physical activity predicts both mental health (well-being) and psychological distress (depression, anxiety) such that higher levels of activity are associated with better mental health and lower levels of distress. Research has also shown however that mental health predicts physical activity, with better mental health predicting increased participation.

This complex, bidirectional relationship is clearly influenced by several conditioning variables, including motor competence. The Environmental Stress Hypothesis for example, hypotheses that poor motor coordination predicts poor mental health through multiple psychosocial and physical mediating and moderating pathways, including physical activity. What is the current state of evidence on the links between motor competence (coordination), physical activity and mental health? What role does motor competence play in interventions designed to improve mental health through physical activity?

These questions and future research directions are discussed in this lecture.

The Don Bailey Lecture will take place on Day 3. Please see the agenda for details.

About Professor John Cairney (PhD)

Dr. John Cairney is professor and head of the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland. John is also co-director of the Infant and Child Health Research (INCH) lab, which operates three research facilities at the University of Queensland, Brock University, and the University of Texas (San Antonio). He is past-president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and past-president of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology.

An internationally recognized leader in the field of child health and physical activity, Dr. Cairney is the author/editor of four books and more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles. He has held numerous funded grants, totaling more than $16.5 million in research grants and contracts as a principal investigator.

Throughout his career, Dr. Cairney has held several major research positions including a Tier II Canada Research Chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/Uof T, an endowed professorship in child health research and the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair. A fellow of the American Psychopathological Association, Dr. Cairney is also the recipient of the Alexander Leighton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychiatric Epidemiology.

A sought after scientific consultant to government, Dr. Cairney was co-lead on the evaluation of the child and youth mental health strategy in Ontario, a member of scientific advisory board for Healthy Kids Community Challenge, expert advisor on the brain health supplement to the ParticipACTION Report Card (2018), and lead investigator on the special needs strategy in the province of Ontario.

In addition to sitting on the editorial boards of several major journals, he is currently the editor-in-chief of the Current Developmental Disorders Reports (published by Springer Press).

Sleep, physical activity, and obesity in children: Applications in pediatric exercise science

High physical activity levels and healthy sleep have been associated with favourable health outcomes in the pediatric population. Physical activity and sleep do not only impact health outcomes, they also influence one another. Physical activity has been shown to improve sleep outcomes, while insufficient sleep has been reported to increase tiredness and make it less conducive to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Not only that there is a bi-directional relationship between sleep and physical activity, but they both influence body weight regulation. Physical inactivity is a traditional risk factor for obesity while insufficient sleep is a novel determinant of obesity. Lack of sleep has been shown to contribute to weight gain and obesity predominantly via an increase in food intake. Assessing sleep health (e.g., duration, quality, timing) is important in pediatric exercise science because poor sleep health can undermine the success of exercise programs and/or weight loss interventions. Assessing sleep is time well spent and should be routinely done in pediatric exercise science.

This presentation will take place on Day 2. Please see the agenda for details.

 About Professor Jean-Phillipe Chaput (PhD)

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, PhD, is a senior scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on health promotion and the prevention of chronic diseases. He is particularly interested in sleep health and 24-hour movement behaviours. Dr. Chaput has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles and received many awards for his research. He led the sleep component of the 24-hour movement guidelines in Canada and chaired the Youth Working Group for the 2020 WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Physical fitness: A right of every child

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the devastating effects of health care disparities on physiologic, immunologic, and behavioral resilience of children and adolescents. Physical inactivity and obesity, most prominent throughout the US in lower income communities, exacerbate disease severity and outcomes not only of COVID-19 but also of virtually every chronic pediatric disease.

In 1989, the United Nations approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CORC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. The Convention elevated often marginalized notions of child health and well-being to international issues of major concern requiring actionable changes in health, legal, and social policies. Physical fitness is a uniquely integrative indicator of child health and resilience. It is a quantifiable, bellwether, health phenotype and can only be achieved when a myriad of factors, e.g., nutrition, access to play, safety, and social determinants, are optimally aligned.

It is time to add the right of every child to be physically fit to the Convention.

This presentation will take place on Day 2. Please see the agenda for details.

About Professor Dan Cooper (MD)

Dan M. Cooper is the associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science at UC Irvine, and former chair of pediatrics at UC Irvine. He is also the principal investigator of UC Irvine’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). As a pediatrician, pediatric pulmonologist, and former director of a busy pediatric intensive care unit, his career in research, teaching, and clinical care has been formed by working with children with diseases like asthma, cystic fibrosis, and lung disease of prematurity. His research has been focused on the mechanisms that link exercise, growth, and health in babies and children.

Dan founded the Pediatric Exercise Research Center (PERC) at UC Irvine in 2003, which since 2012 has been led by Professor Shlomit Radom-Aizik as the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center. PERC is dedicated to uncovering biological mechanisms of exercise that can be used to improve lifelong health of children with chronic disease and disability using exercise-as-medicine. Dan was also one of the principal investigators of Project HEALTHY, a pioneering national study involving over 3,000 middle school children designed to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes through school-based nutrition and PE programs.

Dan’s laboratory group is focused on the mechanisms that link systemic physiologic exercise-responses to health and disease in healthy children and in children with chronic disease and disability, and was the recent recipient with Professor Radom-Aizik of an NIH grant to support Project REACH (Revamping Exercise Assessments in Child Health) which focuses on novel approaches to using exercise testing in children with sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis.

Professor Cooper will also deliver the Tom Rowland Series (sponsored by Human Kinetics Journals) on Day 1. Please see the agenda for details.

The Oded Bar-Or Memorial Lecture

Growth and muscle function: Implications to performance and training

Children’s muscular performance capacity is consistently lower compared with adults’. Age- and maturation-related performance deficits are particularly evident in maximal and explosive strength, and short-term power, even after accounting for children’s smaller body size. One proposed explanation for children’s lower performance capacity is their lower ability to activate their motor-unit pool to the extent typical of adults (i.e., lower volitional motor unit activation).

An extension to this explanation is the suggestion that children specifically activate less of their type-II motor units, making them more reliant on their type-I units. Such age-related differences in neuromuscular function can explain not only children’ lower strength and power, but also their lower maximal contraction velocity and overall speed, greater muscular endurance and faster recovery from intense exercise.

Reliance on type I fibres can also relate to age-related metabolic differences, such as children’s relatively greater fat utilization during submaximal exercise, lower peak lactate concentrations, faster VO2 kinetics, as well as their seemingly lower aerobic trainability. Investigation of different motor unit and muscle fibre types is typically limited to invasive techniques. However, surface electromyographic decomposition is a promising technology which enables distinction between discrete motor units and will provide greater insight into age- and maturation-related differences in muscle activation patterns. Such differences have metabolic implications affecting physical training and rehabilitation practices.

Most pediatric training programs are modeled on adult-based recommendations. However, consideration of age- and maturation-related changes in neuromuscular function can guide age-appropriate recommendations and practices, which would improve training outcomes.

The Oded Bar-Or Memorial Lecture will take place on Day 3. Please see the agenda for details.

About Professor Bareket Falk (PhD)

Professor Bareket Falk, PhD, is a pediatric exercise physiologist with a wide interest in children’s responses to exercise and the physiological effects that physical training may have on healthy children as well as on children with chronic diseases. Her current work focuses on the effect of growth, maturation, and physical activity on muscle function and on bone development. Bareket Falk is the outgoing director of the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health and the outgoing editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science.

How did the pandemic impact children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep?

Healthy child development is fostered through ample physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and adequate sleep (i.e., 24-hour movement behaviours). Meeting 24-hour movement behaviour recommendations is associated with enhanced physical and mental health in children. However, most children do not meet the guidelines. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. A number of public health restrictions were put in place to curb transmission of COVID-19. Closures of schools, playgrounds, and cessation of recreation programs, all changed the way children engaged in movement. Across the pandemic, public health restrictions varied. Children experienced barriers to movement, and some children more than others (e.g., children with disabilities).

To understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s movement and play, we conducted two multi-methods studies. Through ParticipACTION, we distributed an online survey to Canadian parents in April 2020 (n=1,472), October 2020 (n=1,568), and April 2021 (n=1,601). Through the National Physical Activity Measurement (NPAM) study, we distributed an online survey to Canadian parents of children with disabilities (n=151) at two timepoints: May 2020 and November 2020. We conducted follow-up semi-structured interviews with parents in June-July 2020 (n=29) and June-July 2021 (n=45), and with parents of children and youth with disabilities in March-April 2021 (n=7) as a part of the ParticipACTION and NPAM studies, respectively. Parents perceived their child to be less active and more sedentary during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with before the pandemic at all time points.

Parents of children with disabilities also perceived their child’s physical activity to be lower and their screen time to be higher during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to before the pandemic at both time points. Parent support behaviours were correlated with their child’s physical activity and outdoor play in children, including children with disabilities. Parents spoke about the stress of the pandemic, the movement from programmed to unstructured play during the pandemic, limited opportunities and shifting routines during the pandemic. Parents of children with disabilities were concerned about the declining health of their child and cancelled rehabilitation.

Our studies provide evidence of the collateral consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by children and can inform future public health initiatives in recovery from the pandemic.

This presentation will take place on Day 4. Please see the agenda for details.

About Professor Sarah Moore (PhD)

Dr. Sarah Moore, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. She holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Moore is an affiliate scientist at IWK Health in Pediatric Rehabilitation and a Healthy Populations Institute Scholar at Dalhousie University.

Her research expertise is in the growth and maturation, bone, muscle, and fat development, movement and play behaviours, and adapted physical activity for children and youth with disabilities. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and serves on the board of directors as secretary for NASPEM. Dr. Moore’s overall research aims to improve children’s health and quality of life through play and physical activity.

The LEAP to understanding the interactions of disease, physical activity, bone and muscle health in Canadian children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A Canadian Collaborative Research Team

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is among the most common chronic disabling conditions of childhood, and the most common of the rheumatic diseases affecting children.  The chronic joint inflammation in children with JIA has broad consequences beyond joint stiffness and damage, and includes pain and functional disability.  Exercise, and the ability to keep up with peers in physical activity (PA) is frequently identified as a concern of children with JIA and their families, and children with JIA are less active than peers.  

The Linking Exercise, Activity, and Pathophysiology in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (LEAP) study is a multi-centre Canadian prospective research program focused on studying physical activity related to disease factors, inflammation, and the relationships of these factors to development of bone and muscle in children with JIA.  This study, involving 12 pediatric rheumatology centres across Canada, enrolled over 700 children with JIA, who were followed for two years, resulting in a robust set of data including disease characteristics, physical activity measures, biomarkers of inflammation and bone metabolism, patient reported quality of life measures, muscle function using jumping mechanography, and bone strength and geometry using pQCT/HRpQCT.  Analysis of these data is beginning to provide important new understanding of the relationships between JIA disease characteristics to physical activity, bone and muscle development, with the aim to promote healthy activity and growth for children and teens with JIA.  Dr Tucker will describe the collaborative transdisciplinary development of the LEAP study, and discuss some of the early study result highlights. 

This presentation will take place on Day 2. Please see the agenda for details.

About Professor Lori B. Tucker (MD)

Dr. Tucker is a clinical professor in pediatrics and division head of pediatric rheumatology at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, and a clinical investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her training in pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology was at The New England Medical Centre, Tufts University, Boston, MA. She was recently awarded the 2021 Distinguished Rheumatologist Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association, in recognition of her contributions to the rheumatology community in Canada.

She is one of the founding members, and a past president, of the Canadian Alliance for Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators, the Canadian national network for pediatric rheumatology research. Dr. Tucker has co-led the two largest multicenter longitudinal research studies on JIA in Canada over the past 15 years, ReACCh-Out, and LEAP (Linking Exercise, Physical Activity, and Pathophysiology in Canadian Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis), and was instrumental in the development of the national longitudinal CAPRI JIA Registry. She has established a clinical program in auto-inflammatory diseases at BC Children’s Hospital serving the province of BC, which incorporates translational research in every clinical encounter.

Dr. Tucker has worked tirelessly in patient advocacy and strengthening clinical team/parent/patient partnerships as the medical advisor and board member for Cassie and Friends: A Society for Children with Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases. This national parent and patient-run organization has become the strongest voice for pediatric rheumatology in Canada, raising funds for direct patient needs and research, providing online information and education sessions, and developing parent and youth support programs.

Important Dates

Stay on top of these important dates leading up to NASPEM 2022:

Event Registration

Early bird registration for NASPEM 2022 closes May 31, 2022! 

Register for NASPEM 2022 and book your accommodations today!

NOTE: Event registration and hotel registration must be booked separately.

Hotel Registration

Your choice of accommodation options

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East (University)

The exclusive hotel location for NASPEM 2022: The Child’s Right to be Fit is actually two hotels with a common lobby!

Conveniently located on College Drive within brief walking distance from the University of Saskatchewan, these adjacent hotels each offer unique accommodations.

NASPEM attendees can take advantage of easy access to many points of interest including: the Canadian Light Source, Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon Field House, Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Zoo, and the Circle Mall.

NOTE: The NASPEM meeting takes place on Aug. 3-6, 2022; however, some attendees may wish to arrive earlier or stay in Saskatoon later to explore more of what the "City of Bridges" has to offer. When booking, please ensure your check-in and check-out dates align with your travel plans. Room booking options are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note the unique booking and contact information for each of the options listed below.

Available dates

Aug. 3-8, 2022 (for NASPEM bookings outside of those dates, please contact the hotel directly)

Room type(s) available

  • Studio suites (king bed with a single sleeper sofa and full kitchen) at $139.00
  • 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen and two televisions: $170.00
  • 2 bedroom suite with full kitchen, desk and three televisions: $190.99

Complimentary services 

  • Complimentary self-parking (electrified and accessible stalls, EV charge stations)
  • Complimentary hot breakfast bar (located on the 9th floor)
  • Socials on Mon-Wed evenings (complimentary light bites and drinks located on the 9th floor)
  • Complimentary on-site self-service laundry
  • Complimentary storage lockers
  • Complimentary BBQ & Fire-Pit Area
  • Complimentary ultra-high-speed Internet access
  • The Pantry, 24/7 convenience store
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • 24-hour fitness centre and business centre
  • Complimentary local shuttle service

Booking information

Staybridge Suites Saskatoon - University
1838 College Drive; Bldg #1; Saskatoon, SK; S1N 2Z8

Group name: NASPEM
Group code: NAS
Cutoff date: June 1, 2022

Use the unique link below to book guest rooms within the block dates with directly to the special group NASPEM rate. Attendees wishing to book over the phone can call 1-800-238-8000 or the hotel's direct line at 1-306-952-4888.

Note: To check availability on the website, please manually input the group's check-in and check-out dates prior to hitting the CHECK AVAILABILITY button.

Available dates

Aug. 3-8, 2022 (for NASPEM bookings outside of those dates, please contact the hotel directly)

Room type(s) available

  • Two queens at $139.00.00/night
  • King with double sleeper sofa at $149.00/night

Complimentary services

  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary express start hot breakfast bar
  • Complimentary ultra-high-speed Internet access
  • Sundry Shop open 24 hrs
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • 24-hour fitness centre and business centre
  • Complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hrs/day
  • Complimentary local shuttle service

Booking information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites East - University
1838 College Drive; Bldg #2, Saskatoon, SK; S1N 2Z8

Group name:
NASPEM
Group code: NA1
Cut-off date: July 7, 2022

Use the unique link below to book guest rooms within the block dates with directly to the special group NASPEM rate. Attendees wishing to book over the phone can call 1-800-465-4329 or the hotel's direct line at 1-306-954-1250.

Note: To check availability on the website, please manually input the group's check-in and check-out dates prior to hitting the CHECK AVAILABILITY button.

Poster and Oral Presentations

Abstract submission deadline extended to Friday, April 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time (CST). Please forward all submissions to NASPEM2022@usask.ca.

Abstract submissions are now being considered for poster and oral presentations at NASPEM 2022: The Child’s Right to be Fit and for publication in Pediatric Exercise Science (PES).

All abstract submissions must occur electronically with “NASPEM 2022 Abstract” in the subject line of the email.

For more information — including word count, font, and content requirements — download the NASPEM 2022 Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Poster guidelines

  • The accepted poster dimensions are no greater than 48" wide x 48" high.
    • Presenters are responsible for printing their own posters.
    • At the University of Saskatchewan, the recommended on campus printer is XL Printing.

Agenda

NASPEM 2022: The Child's Right to be Fit

Day 1 Agenda

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

NOTE: This agenda is subject to change as details and speakers are confirmed.
High Up Above Room, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1 – 3:30 pm Registration
2 – 4 pm NASPEM Board of Directors Meeting
4 – 5 pm Break for attendees to refresh and travel to Marquis Hall
(approximately a 10-minute walk from the hotel)
Marquis Hall, University of Saskatchewan
5 – 5:45 pm Opening reception / late registration
5:45 – 6:15 pm Welcome remarks
Elder remarks and prayer
6:15 – 7 pm Dinner at Marquis Hall
7 – 8 pm

TOM ROWLAND SERIES
Dr. Dan Cooper

The Tom Rowland Series is sponsored by Human Kinetics Journals — a NASPEM 2022 Silver Sponsor

NASPEM 2022: The Child's Right to be Fit

Day 2 Agenda

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

NOTE: This agenda is subject to change as details and speakers are confirmed.
High Up Above Room, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome remarks
8:45 – 9:30 am

The LEAP to understanding the interactions of disease, physical activity, bone and muscle health in Canadian children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A Canadian Collaborative Research Team
Professor Lori B. Tucker (MD)

9:30 – 10:30 am Free communication
10:30 – 10:45 am Refreshment break
10:45 – 11:30 am

Physical fitness: A right of every child
Professor Dan Cooper (MD)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Free communication
12:30 – 1 pm Molecular Transducer of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC)
Dr. Shlomit Radom-Aizik
1 – 2 pm Lunch
2 – 2:45 pm

Sleep, physical activity, and obesity in children: Applications in pediatric exercise science
Professor Jean-Phillipe Chaput (PhD)

2:45 – 3:45 pm Free communication
3:45 – 4:30 pm Refreshment break
Poster session 1
4:30 – 5:30 pm NASPEM Business Meeting
6 – 7 pm Student mixer

NASPEM 2022: The Child's Right to be Fit

Day 3 Agenda

Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

NOTE: This agenda is subject to change as details and speakers are confirmed.
High Up Above Room, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
8 – 8:45 am ODED BAR-OR MEMORIAL LECTURE
Growth and muscle function: Implications to performance and training
Professor Bareket Falk (PhD)
8:45 – 10 am Free communication
10 – 10:45 am Refreshment break
Poster session 2
10:45 – 11:30 am TBD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Free communication
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2 pm Break for attendees to refresh and travel to the PAC
(approximately a 7-minute walk)
Physical Activity Complex (PAC), University of Saskatchewan
2 – 2:45 pm DON BAILEY LECTURE
Physical activity and mental health: Is there still a role for movement competence?
Professor John Cairney (PhD)
2:45 – 3:15 pm Return to hotel
Refreshment break
High Up Above Room, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3:15 – 4:30 pm Free communication
4:30 – 5:30 pm Break for guests to refresh before dinner at Boomtown
5:30 pm Buses transfer guests from hotel to Boomtown
Boomtown, Western Development Museum
6 – 8:30 pm Dinner at Boomtown
8:30 pm Buses return guests to hotel

NASPEM 2022: The Child's Right to be Fit

Day 4 Agenda

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022

NOTE: This agenda is subject to change as details and speakers are confirmed.
High Up Above Room, Holiday Inn Express & Suites
8:30 – 9:15 am Keynote presentation
9:15 – 10:15 am Free communication
10:15 – 10:30 am Refreshment break
10:30 – 11:15 am How did the pandemic impact children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep?
Professor Sarah Moore (PhD)
11:15 – 11:45 am Presentation of Student Excellence in Research Award
11:45 – 12 noon Gavel passing
Elder prayer
Adjournment
12 noon – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 1:30 pm Break for attendees to refresh before Wanuskewin event 
1:30 pm Buses transfer guests from hotel to Wanuskewin
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
2:15 – 4 pm Visit Wanuskewin Heritage Park
4 pm Buses return guests to hotel

Destination Details

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is one of the top research-intensive, medical doctoral universities in Canada. USask has been breaking new ground in research since 1907, leading innovation in areas of global importance such as infectious diseases and medical technology, agriculture, water and food security through collaborative, creative, interdisciplinary approaches.

Study and discovery is enhanced by our outstanding facilities, including the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, VIDO-InterVac, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

Guided by our University Plan: The University the World Needs, we work together across disciplines and with our communities to find creative solutions to the most pressing global challenges. Our graduates, recognized for their strong work ethic, resourceful nature and determination, are leading change here at home and around the world.

At the University of Saskatchewan, we acknowledge we are on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

What makes Saskatoon unique and fun? Find out firsthand while at NASPEM 2022!

With so much to offer, Saskatoon is one of Canada's most talked-about destinations. As it thrives economically and excels as a forward-thinking metropolis, the door is always open for discovery. It is the place to experience local eateries, bustling nightlife, river trails and other outdoor spaces as well as cultural institutions and museums.

With over 65 annual events (40 in the summer alone), there is no shortage of things to see and do! Saskatoon has a number of one-stop shopping centres for your convenience that are easy to get to and will satisfy any diehard shopper. Not only will you find the basics, but you'll also find that special something at one of the exciting new shops at malls such as The Centre on 8th Street East and Midtown in downtown Saskatoon.

Wanuskewin is the place to meet, share and learn through nature, history and each other.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a National Historic Site located five kilometres from the City of Saskatoon. This Northern Plains Indigenous Interpretive Site is home to over 6,000 years of history, and truly unique Cultural experiences for the whole family.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park sits above the Opimihaw Creek and the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon – a window into a part of Canada’s history that remains largely undiscovered, and a link to our past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Wanuskewin’s uniqueness is not just the fact that there exists evidence of ancient peoples, but rather the composition of many different aspects of habitation, hunting and gathering, and spirituality – all in one place.

The Wanuskewin area contains some of the most exciting archaeological finds in North America, many of which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt. To date, 19 Pre-Contact archaeological dig sites have been identified on the terraces and point bars in the Opimihaw Creek valley bottom or coulee depressions along the valley wall of the South Saskatchewan River. As soon as the Opimihaw Creek valley became available for human occupation 6,000 years ago, virtually every Pre-Contact cultural group recognized across the Great Plains visited this location. The result is a remarkably complete and intact record of cultural development in the region over that time span. The archaeological resources of Wanuskewin are exceptional and among the finest examples of Pre-Contact occupation of the Great Plains of North America.

Saskatchewan boomed with economic activity from the turn of the century to 1914. Landseekers flooded the west and towns grew almost overnight. 1910 Boomtown, an indoor representation of a typical Saskatchewan town, recaptures the atmosphere and style of this bustling period. Over 30 buildings await!

Located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and the Homeland of the Métis, the Western Development Museum (WDM) is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan. With a collection of over 75,000 artifacts ranging from pins to locomotives and four locations in the province, the WDM shares the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of settlement to present day.

The WDM serves the people of Saskatchewan through its exhibits, educational and public programs, special events, and research about the history of the province. Its mandate is to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects of historical value and importance connected with the economic and cultural development of western Canada and to stimulate interest in western Canadian history.

The Western Development Museum’s vision includes a Saskatchewan where everyone belongs and histories matter.

Travelling to Canada

Starting April 1, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to complete a pre-arrival COVID-19 test when arriving in Canada. Learn more here.

NASPEM 2022 Sponsors

NASPEM 2022 organizers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the following event sponsors.

To become a sponsor or learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the 2022 North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine Biennial Meeting, please contact the NASPEM 2022 team.

Platinum sponsors

USask Health Sciences
USask College of Kinesiology

Gold sponsors

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Silver sponsors

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Bronze sponsors

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USask Conference Fund

About NASPEM

NASPEM was founded in Aspen, Colorado, USA, in 1987 when Dr. Robert Wolfe felt that the time had come for an organization dedicated to pediatric exercise and sports medicine. Members include basic and clinical researchers, clinicians and healthcare providers, and students.

An important milestone in NASPEM history was the establishment of the quarterly NASPEM journal, Pediatric Exercise Science (PES), published by Human Kinetics. PES debuted in February 1989 under the editorship of Dr. Thomas W. Rowland since its inception until 2012. Dr. Bareket Falk served as the PES Editor from 2012-2020. Dr. Ali McManus currently serves as the PES Editor.

The original NASPEM mission statement, composed by Fred James in 1991, was to expand the knowledge of exercise science in public health and medical care, and to promote fitness and appropriate exercise in children and adolescents.

Today, NASPEM’s mission is to promote exercise science, physical activity, and fitness in the health and medical care of children and adolescents.

NASPEM's mission is accomplished in part through its scientific meeting, its journal, collaborative research, student aid in the form of grants and awards, and the training programs data base which can be accessed from the NASPEM website.

Contact

For questions regarding registration, sponsorship or presentation opportunities, and more, please contact NASPEM 2022 organizers.