Grenadier Football partners with injury prevention research project

Mar 26, 2018 9:26 PM
Cindie Ashton

Kingston, ON/March 8, 2018 – Injury prevention through enhanced performance! This is the theme for the Grenadiers 2018 football season and comes as the Province announced this week it passed ground-breaking legislation to protect amateur athletes.

The Grenadiers have partnered with Allen Champagne, MD/PhD candidate (2023) at Queen's University, former defensive tackle for the Gael's Varsity Football team and co-founder of the Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program (CESAP). In addition to his work at CESAP, Champagne will monitor selected players throughout the season using video and sensors to identify opportunities to improve their technique and ultimately reduce their risk of injury, including sport-related concussions.

“We are very excited to partner with Allen on this research project. Player safety is a priority for the Grenadiers organization,” said Alexandra Reyes-Walsh, executive director of the Grenadiers. “Planning for this partnership has been in the works for several months. It’s the first of its kind that we are aware in the history of Ontario youth football and we are proud to be leading the way when it comes to player safety.”

When prospects from Trenton to Brockville hit the turf for tryouts they will be tested using a combine style format designed to establish a baseline for player strength, power, speed and agility. The combine will also include non-padded football drills specifically designed to assess the players’ ability to move in space, block and tackle, using proper technique.

“In addition to using this information for selecting the player roster, it will continue to be used to improve player technique, enhance player performance and, ultimately reduce the risk of player injury,” said Reyes-Walsh.

Nick Goodchild also joins the organization as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach. Previously a local athlete in the minor ranks, he returns to Queen's University for his Master's degree after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Goodchild believes in teaching functional movement patterns in order to achieve the highest performance outcomes. He will work with Champagne to monitor player performance.

“Nick is a welcome addition in this new role with the organization,” added Reyes-Walsh. “Many players have already been working with Nick at FL Sports for the past two years during the Grenadiers off-season training program.”

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About the Grenadiers
The Limestone District Grenadiers Football Club offers AAA summer football at the bantam, junior and senior varsity level. Athletes (born 1999-2004) travel to Kingston from Trenton to Brockville to play for the Grenadiers. Teams travel and host teams within the Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL). In addition to learning, playing and enjoying football, emphasis is placed on player safety, sportsmanship, self-discipline, teamwork, academic achievement and community involvement. The Grenadiers are a not-for-profit association overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Volunteer coaches lead these teams, and a dedicated group of parent volunteers’ assist with game-day operations. Many graduating Grenadiers move on to play university football.

Allen Champagne
Allen is a MD/PhD candidate (2023) at Queen's University, and a former defensive tackle for the Gael's Varsity Football Team. Allen completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he walked-onto the Tar Heels' varsity football team and played four years one the defensive line, as a full back, and on special teams. Allen's research interests focus on integrating neuroimaging, helmet accelerometers and novel coaching practices to understand, monitor and reduce the risks of sport-related concussions. Additionally Allen is co-founder of the Concussion Education Safety and Awareness program (CESAP), a free outreach initiative through which his team has raised awareness about head injuries, and worked to promote safer playing fields using evidence based on-field coaching clinics for youth, high-school and collegiate student-athletes.

Nick Goodchild
Nick grew up in Kingston, playing competitive Hockey, Soccer and Football. After graduating high school he attended the University of Ottawa where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. He has returned to Queens University to obtain his Master’s degree. Nick has been in the industry since 2010 coaching athletes at the CIS, NCAA, CFL and OHL levels as well as working with members of the Canadian Armed forces. Nick is currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Grenadiers football program and oversees many of the youth athletic strength and conditioning programs at FL Sports. Nick believes in teaching functional movement patterns in order to achieve the highest performance outcomes for his clients.

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