Surviving the Summer Sun

Friday, June 07, 2019

Surviving the Summer Sun

Kid's Soccer

Monday, April 22, 2019

Soccer season runs from late April and runs until June. If you’ve never enrolled your kid in soccer, maybe this is the season to start. Taking part of sports is important for children.

This post from the Novak Djokovic Foundation outlines some of the main benefits of children engaging in sports:

Kids’ character and moral principles are formed through fair play. Moreover, children who are actively engaged in sports can be good role models for their peers from school, neighborhood, or even school choir, and inspire them to start playing some sports as well.

Playing sports enables them to create friendships they otherwise might not have formed. For example, the friendships professional athletes create on the field remain intact even when they are not playing sports, and often last a lifetime.

Sports bring people together from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, culture, or skin color.

Teamwork and benefits of social interaction among children are best seen in sports. Kids learn they are part of a team that requires the same effort from all members to succeed, as well as how to win with class, and lose with dignity.

They view competitions on and off the field as opportunities to learn from their success and failure. In addition, losing often motivates kids to work even harder for next time.

They learn to respect authority, rules, team colleagues and opponents.

Sport is an important learning environment for children. Numerous studies have shown that children who play sports perform better at school. It is also within sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed.

Sports experiences help building positive self-esteem in children.

In addition, participating in sports can be a helpful way of reducing stress and increasing feelings of physical and mental well-being, as well as fighting against juvenile delinquency, conflict and aggressive outbursts. The point is to keep the body in good health in order to be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Spring Jogging

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Now that -30 C is a distant memory, it’s time to start enjoying more outdoor activities again! One of the more common sights out on the sidewalk now is joggers. It’s so easy to go stir-crazy during the winter months, so getting out for a run can be very refreshing.

Although jogging looks like a simple activity, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • 1.Do a warm up and stretch before going out. It warms up the muscles before you exercise, which will help prevent injury.
  • 2.Dress for the weather. Spring can have unpredictable weather and can still be chilly. Layer up!
  • 3.Stay hydrated. This means getting the right amount of water before, during and after exercise.
  • 4.Wear the right shoes! Wearing proper running shoes can reduce the stress placed on the heel, ankles, and knees while jogging or running.
  • 5.Know your limits. We tend to become less active over the winter, so be mindful of your limitations to avoid a preventable injury.

Now get out there and have a good run!


Spring Memories

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring is finally here, and the snow has mostly melted, and the roads got slushy—so I cannot help but remember what spring was like when I was a kid. My dad used to make a rink in the backyard, a classic Canadian winter-time endeavor. My brothers and I used to spend hours on the ice. We would skate, we would play shinny in our boots, and we were tasked with keeping the ice freshly shoveled. My dad went all out with this rink—we had benches to sit to get our skates laced up. There were flood lights, so we could skate after dark. One of my most vivid memories of the rink is looking up at the pitch-black sky and watching snow fall towards me illuminated by the flood lights.

Every spring, the melt from the rink would be epic. Our backyard would essentially flood. Instead of skating, we probably could have swum. My dad would get a sump pump out to try to combat the flooding, hoping that it wouldn’t seep into our neighbours’ yards too much.

While I never went on to play a ton of hockey like my dad and one of my brothers do, my memories of the backyard rink are fond. Other kids in the neighbourhood would come to play with us. Flooding the rink when it got cold enough was a big deal.

And really, there are few more quintessential Canadian experience than having a backyard rink


What Motivates You?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Every day you wake up, get out of bed and get ready for your day. Maybe you go to the gym or maybe you hit snooze till the absolute last moment possible.

So which one are you? Do you make time for fitness and self care in your day?

What is it that drives a person to put out that extra effort?

What is it that motivates someone to keep at it day in and day out?

As I am one of those crazy 4:30 AM wake up and work out people, this seems to be a question that pops up regularly in many of my conversations. Personally it all comes down to routine, commitment and passion. My favorite part of every day is walking into a quite, un-crowded gym and taking a moment to be completely selfish and do something that is just for me. This is my "me time" and for that hour I have no one to answer to, my phone is away and work couldn't be further from my mind.

Now I haven't always been this way. My passion for fitness started just over 2 years ago with a desire to change. I wanted to feel better (and maybe look a little better in the process too).

My first step was making a plan. What were my options... what could I afford, what was I physically capable of doing and most importantly what was my goal?

Then I had to create a new routine, one that had time set aside for me to commit to specifically working towards this goal. They say it takes about a minimum of 8 weeks to make a new habit and once that was set the rest was pretty easy.

Once I found the time in my day that worked for me I just had to find something I Wanted to do and pretty soon my goal turned into a passion and now it is definitely a lifestyle. Running, biking, yoga, weight training... it doesn't matter what it is... I know that I will always feel better at the end of my work-out.

Life is so full of commitments and obligations why not find something that you love to do. Something that helps you grow, that helps you get find that little piece of sanity in a hectic world. It doesn't matter what time of day it is... morning, noon or night, don't we all deserve that little bit of a break?

So then what is it that motivates you?


Swim, Bike, Run

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I've talked about my knee surgery and running and now I am going to throw biking/cycling into the mix. 

Spring has Sprung??

Tuesday, March 24, 2015



Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Recipe for a Great Workout

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


It is time for OffSeason Hockey!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Regular season Hockey is wrapping up and it is time to start thinking about the Spring, finally! 

Does your child participate in Spring/Summer hockey? If the answer is YES, then CSIB can help you. We provide insurance coverage on a team by team basis for those who are travelling around to games and tournaments. If you run an organization with six or more teams, we have options for you as well. 

Our Offseason program offers a $5MM general liability limit (including participants liability) and accident coverage. This full package contains all the necessary coverage's your child’s team will need while they are playing hockey past the winter season. If the team travels out of country for a tournament- no problem, we can extend the accident policy to cover the players, coaches and managers while they are away. 

For more information please visit our website at www.csib.ca and review our programs.


Janelle Catherwood
Sports Risk Advisor  More...