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SWDCRS to host upcoming sport wrapping and taping workshop

The South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport will host in-person class Sept. 24 at the Golden Ticket Sports Centre

On Sunday, Sept. 24, the South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport Inc. (SWDCRS) is holding a sport wrapping and taping workshop at the Moose Jaw Golden Ticket Sports Centre.

The workshop is developed for mature athletes along with their parents and coaches, and this will be the first in-person course held by the organization since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a specific age range, but I would say it’s geared toward those older athletes who have the capability to do their own self-taping,” explained the SWDCRS community development consultant, Brennen Ronovsky.

SWDCRS is one of seven total districts organized across Saskatchewan. The southwest region includes all the territory from the Alberta border to the U.S. border, and east to the RM of Pense boundary.

The organization assists sports teams, individual athletes, and cultural organizations in the province, and its mission is to develop community sport programs across the district.

The upcoming workshop will be led by A.J. Tabin, who works at the Alliance Health Fitness Centre in Moose Jaw and is a member of the Sport Medicine & Science Council.

“The Sport Medicine & Science Council has different medical professionals in their organization who come and do the workshops for them, and he’s one of them,” said Ronovsky.

Tabin has an impressive background, and this won’t be the first time he’s worked with SWDCRS. “He has done the education sessions, concussion (courses), assessment and prevention services, and sport First Aid workshops. He’s quite well versed in all things physiotherapy,” Ronovsky added.

The purpose of sport taping is twofold: to prevent injuries, and to help in the healing process after an injury has occurred.

“If someone already had an injury, and now they have to get taped to further along their healing process (they will be able to do this on their own),” explained Ronovsky.

“I know athletes who tape before every competition so they can play. It’s definitely needed.”

The workshop will take place at the Golden Ticket Sports Centre for one day only and is intended to be relevant and practical for everybody who plays a sport.

“It’s an all-day event, so it’s a seven-hour workshop. The idea is that the content will deal with different types of soft tissue injuries. It will be working with healing, assessing, and returning to sport guidelines, and knowing when to tape and when not to tape,” explained Ronovsky.  

“It’s hands on, and the facilitator will bring the actual taping resources and bandages to the session. The participants will get that opportunity to try it out, and then they will get the actual practical experience like wrapping ankles, thumbs, fingers, all that kind of stuff.”

Participants who are not SWDCRS members will be charged $20 to attend, but for members it’s a free course.

As Moose Jaw already has several member organizations, there is no charge for confirmed local residents. “Basically, everybody within the City of Moose Jaw would be free” to attend, Ronovsky confirmed.

“As long as there is one organization within a community who is a member, we classify that as a member community,” explained Ronovsky. The SWDCRS receives funding from its sponsors, including the Sport Medicine & Science Council, and this allows them to operate at a much lower cost.

“This is a great opportunity for participants to learn the practical applications of sport wrapping and taping. It’s going to be taught by an expert in the field and is useful information they can bring to preventative measures to athletes as well as the return to play,” Ronovsky concluded.  

There are currently 16 registered participants, and Ronovsky is hoping for around 25 to sign up.

To sign up, visit The deadline for registration is noon on Sept. 22, and those who attend are asked to bring a bagged lunch.

The Golden Ticket Sports Centre is located at 1599 Main Street North and can be reached at 306-693-5622.

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