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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                             April 15, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. Kim Brouzes: The Princess of Pain, but in a good way
  2. A different way to train hills
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events:  May 15-16 Apex Sprint, May 30 SudburyRocks!!! Virtual Marathon
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North






Kim Brouzes: The Princess of Pain, but in a good way
Randy Pascal




The fact that a good majority of her clientele, and the population at large, probably cannot distinguish between what differentiates an athletic therapist from a physiotherapist is not likely to throw easily the longest standing AT in the region much of a curve ball at all.

Given that she has grown accustomed to her somewhat jokingly entrenched moniker as the “Princess of Pain”, Kim (Lafreniere) Brouzes is not about to sweat the small stuff.

With more than twenty years of treatment to her credit and a reputation in the region that few can match, safe to say that she has reached a point of comfort and self-content.

It might not be what the 47 year-old mother of three (all girls) first envisioned when she enrolled in Human Kinetics at Laurentian University back in the mid-1990s, but truth be told, there really wasn’t much of a vision at all in place at the time.

“I didn’t have a bloody clue,” Brouzes said with a laugh. “Laurentian was close, Laurentian was familiar, from years of swimming. There were enough courses (in Human Kinetics) that even if I didn’t choose the right one (program) at first, I could transfer and figure it out. I had a pretty good inkling that I wanted to be in health care.”

During her time at LU, there were signs of what the future held in store, perhaps as she completed a practicum with Wendy Hampson, athletic therapist to the Voyageurs. “Wendy was such a mentor for a ton of students at Laurentian,” said Brouzes, a long-time competitive swimmer with ELAC (Elliot Lake Aquatic Club), moving on to swim under Doc Tihanyi during her varsity days.

But it was only after she had left the campus located just off Ramsey Lake Road, spending a year or so in Kitchener-Waterloo, that Brouzes would be struck by her epiphany, this while helping out at a facility that housed both athletic and physiotherapists. “I spent a month on the AT side, and that really sold me,” she said.

“It was loud, the atmosphere was vibrant, positive. There was a deeper level of conversation that the athletic therapist had with the athletes. When you are an athletic therapist working for a team, there is a different boundary there; you are a family member. This is an environment of faith and trust, because you are so connected there.”

“As soon as I was in that environment, I felt that this was the environment that you can heal from.”

At the time, however, athletic therapy was only beginning to take root in Canada. The only post-secondary designation in the country would come courtesy of a Sheridan College affiliated program, one that was initially established by the National Hockey League as a means of providing NHL team staff some form of formal schooling.

Three years of studies would lead to obtaining a certificate in Sport Injury Management, which gave way to the written and practical exams with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Along the way, practical experience came courtesy of the Sudbury Wolves and the Sudbury Spartans, and coach Peter Campbell and the Laurentian men’s basketball team.

It was a period that helped Brouzes map out the ensuing decades.

“I liked the familial environment of a sports team, and the adrenaline rush of having an athlete down on the ice,” she said. “But, with that, I also had in the back of my mind that a family was going to be very important to me - so I wanted to run a clinic.”

The contacts that she had made to this point would prove critical. Working with the Wolves opened the door to a connection with Gabe Belanger and family, huge advocates for the work she was doing. Local doctors, some who crossed paths with Brouzes via her sporting involvement, provided valuable referrals.

Word was circulating quickly, which in a city such as this, could make all the difference in the world. “If I tried this business model anywhere other than in Sudbury some 21 years ago, I don’t think it would have been as successful as it’s been,” said Brouzes, who has operated Active Therapy Plus almost since she returned to the area back in 1997.

There was plenty more learning to be had along the way.

“When I first started, I really didn’t know tissue,” she said. “I wasn’t really sure what I was improving, I just knew that I was getting improvement. As my hands evolved and my treatments evolved, I realized that a lot came from a restriction. What I am doing, quite often, is removing scar tissue or adhesions - and I’m only working on the site of the trauma.”

And what to make of this Princess of Pain?

“If I did to people what they thought I was doing to them, I would actually be harming them,” she said with a smile. “I now have a couple of hundred patients that I know when their body is swollen, I know when something is acting up. And I know how to get them out of it, just because I’ve worked on their bodies so many times.”

Though she may have started this journey blissfully unaware of some key differences in professional designations, Brouzes now speaks with the benefit of years of experience.

And she speaks with the gratitude that comes from having obtained her accreditation from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, the reason that she has been deemed an essential service, during the pandemic, while conventional athletic therapists have not.

“Physiotherapy has a regulatory college,” she explained. “They are very science and evidence based. It’s been around a long time, a very tried and true profession - and one which offers a lot of different branches, different areas to specialize.” Most importantly, it requires the completion of a two years masters degree, on the heels of a four year undergraduate offering.

“With my students that come in, I try and steer them towards physiotherapy,” Brouzes added. “ I don’t think that the profession of athletic therapists is going to continue to go strong. I think athletic therapy has hit its peak, going as far as it’s going to go. Physiotherapists will always have a job in some realm, in some location.”

The truth is that her voyage is not likely to be replicated, on a local level, anytime soon. Kim Brouzes knows that, better than anyone.

“I am incredibly grateful for being one of the practitioners who is allowed to be open during COVID,” she said. These days, she partners with community projects seemingly on a weekly basis, using her network of clients to better a region that she holds dear.

"There isn’t too much that I haven’t done,” she said. “In terms of moving forward with my bucket list, I’ve probably crossed things off five times over now.”

She has even embraced the concept of a team approach, when it comes to the healthcare field, partnering with a physiotherapist, no less. “I no longer feel like the low man on the totem pole - and physiotherapy is much better than I am in some aspects of treatment.”

Not that her clients, the many with whom she has forged such a strong, trusting relationship, are likely to know the difference. Their concern is to leave her office, pain free - and that is something that Kim Brouzes can deliver, far better than most.





A different way to train hills
Add some hills into your easy run to prepare for race day


So you signed up for a race that you know is going to have a few climbs, and you’ve been dutifully completing your hill repeats week after week in preparation. Race day arrives, and despite your best efforts to be ready, you struggle to make it through the challenging course. What gives? Hill repeats provide a lot of benefits, but if all of your other runs and workouts are done on flat ground, you may not be adequately preparing for a race situation. By incorporating hills into longer, sustained efforts, you’ll be prepared mentally and physically to handle a more technical, hilly course.

Hill repeats vs. hilly runs
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do hill repeats at all. Shorter, harder sprints on hills can help you get stronger and more powerful while also improving your running form, which will ultimately make you faster, even when running on flat ground. The only problem with hill repeats is that most of us tend to stop as soon as we get to the top. This doesn’t quite match with a race situation when you have to crest the hill and then keep running, which is why some runners struggle to translate their hill training into results.

Luckily, there is an easy way to overcome this by doing some of your easy runs on a route that features some hills. This will help you to get used to the mental and physical challenge of tackling hills in the middle of a run, and teach you how to pace yourself properly over the course of the run in order to account for the increased effort required to get up a hill. It’s also excellent practice for running through a hill instead of stopping when you get to the top.

Unlike hill repeats when you’re focused on running fast, when you get to a hill in the middle of your run you should instead focus on maintaining a steady effort. Your pace will slow down, but that is to be expected, and you’ll gain back that time on the downhill. Many runners also make the mistake of slowing down when they get to the top of a hill, so as the ground begins to level off again, do your best to maintain a steady effort here, too.

What if I live in a flat area?
If you live in a relatively flat area that doesn’t offer a lot of options for a hilly running route, there are still ways you can train hills to better prepare you for race day. One of these ways is to extend the length of your hill repeats to include a stretch at the top of the hill, so instead of stopping as soon as you get to the top, continue running for another 20 or 30 metres on flat ground. This will teach you how to run through hills and how to control your heart rate at the top of a hill while you’re still running.

Another alternative way to train hills is to tack on some intervals or tempo work at the end of your hill repeats. For example, do six to eight hill repeats followed by 10 to 15 minutes of running on flat ground at race pace. This will help you practice running fast even after your legs are tired from tackling hills.

Hill running is challenging, but just like with anything, the more you practice them the better you’ll get. By incorporating hills into your easy runs, you’ll get used to dealing with undulating terrain, and be more mentally equipped to handle a hilly course on race day.













Photos This Week

April 7 Greenwood Ave

April 7 Finlandia

April 7

April 8 Nepahwin

April 8

April 8 Nepahwin

April 8 Nepahwin

April 8 Loach's path

April 8 Laurentian trail

April 8

April 8 Turtle community at Laurentian Lake

April 8 Turtles at Bennett Lake

April 8 Bennett Lake

April 8 Bennett Lake

April 9 Laurentian Lake

April 10 Perch Lake

April 10 Nature Chalet

April 10 Laurentian loop


April 10 Laurentian loop


April 11 Flag Run from Moonlight Beach

April 12 Fourth Ave Ramsey Lake

April 12 Minnow Lake

April 12 Minnow Lake

April 12 Minnow Lake

April 12 Minnow Lake

April 13 Finlandia

April 13 Finlandia

April 13 Finalndia





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   April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021 | Free Entry

Forty-one years ago this April, Terry Fox started his iconic cross-country run, the Marathon of Hope. On April 11th, join us to celebrate Terry, celebrate the 41st anniversary of Terry's run and celebrate all that has been accomplished with cancer research since Terry ran. Together, we can fundraise to achieve Terry's dream of a world without cancer.

Sign up for the Marathon of Hope Celebration Run today and pledge to run or walk from 1K to 10K or more. Terry was unable to complete his cross-country run but we can keep Terry's dream alive by compiling all of our pledged kilometres to see how many times we can cross the country, together!

Terry's wish was that we all come together as a nation to end cancer. Your participation in this very special event will help us do just that.

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