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Sports & Dr. Darrell Menard, Sport Medicine Physician Q&A

Feature photo by: OCdt Louis SaulnierCaption: RMC Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal presents RMC player of the game award to, Riley Brandt, who scored twice and added an assist for the Paladins in an exciting but tough overtime 6-5 loss.

More OCdt Louis Saulnier photos from the Carr/Harris hockey game may be found Here, Here, and Here.


What a difference a week makes


It may take the final encounter of a 28 game schedule to determine if the Paladins are to make the play-offs. They need to win their last two games and receive a couple of breaks to make post season competition.

They currently stand 10th, actually tied with UQTR with 17 points each; Laurentian sits in 8th place, the final play-off spot with 19 points.

Up-to-date OUA (M) hockey standings: http://oua.ca/sports/mice/2017-18/standings

As we go to press on Sunday, UQTR is facing off against University of Ottawa (Final score – 4-0 Ottawa)

This past week the Paladins were on the wrong side of two scores although they picked up an important point in 6-5 overtime loss against Queen’s Gales in a classic Carr/Harris game.

On Saturday in their last scheduled game, of the season, in the friendly confines of Constantine Arena they went down 3-1 to Concordia Stingers. We will know in a week whether or not they will host at least one play-off game.

The loss to Concordia could turn out to be a costly one. Prior to this game, RMC controlled their own fate. With three games to go, if, they had won all three they were in a postseason spot for sure.

Now if UQTR win their final one contest  and RMC splits their final two – UQTR gains the top spot because of the OUA tie breaking rule which stipulates – if teams are tied in the standings the team with the most wins is granted the higher position. UQTR currently has eight wins – RMC six.

In reality, Laurentian University is now in the driver’s seat for the final play-off spot. They too have two games remaining – the last one on the schedule against RMC. It may or may not be for all the marbles.

This coming Friday and Saturday (9/10 Feb) RMC travels to North Bay and Sudbury. They had a similar trip two weeks ago where they picked-up three out of a possible four points. Last time it was Sudbury followed by North Bay. Three out of four likely won’t cut it this time.

The best bet for RMC is to win their final two games and let the chips fall where they may.

Regardless of what happens, in the final week, this is a very good young hockey team with a great future!





Recent results

Thur – 1 Feb – RMC 5 @ Queen’s 6 (OT)

Sat 3 Feb – Concordia 3 @ RMC 1


Fri 9 Feb RMC @ Nipissing @ Memorial Gardens 8:00 PM EST

Sat 10 Feb RMC @ Laurentian Countryside Arena 7:35 PM EST

(M) Volleyball

Recent results

Sat 3 Feb McMaster 3 @ RMC 0

Sun 4 Feb Brock 3 @ RMC 0


Sun 11 Feb Queen’s @ RMC  3:00 PM

(W) Volleyball

Recent results

Sat 3 Feb McMaster 3 @ RMC 0

Sun 4 Feb Brock 3 @ RMC – 1


Sun 11 Feb – RMC @ Queen’s 1:00 PM


Photo – OCdt Louis Saulnier (more fencing photos – here)

The 2018 OUA Men’s Fencing Championship is being hosted by RMC this weekend – 3/4 Feb. Final results should be available soon on the OUA web site –


Dr. Darrell Menard, Sport Medicine Physician (former RMC, Physical Education Officer – middle 1980s)


Dr. Darrell Menard

Q:  Until several years ago I worked in a physically demanding trade and managed to stay fit just doing my job.  After being seriously injured, I changed trades and now find myself sitting in front of a computer 8 hours a day.  During my annual medical, my doctor noted I had put on 20 pounds and I admitted I was doing nothing to stay fit.  After discussing how important exercise was for my health, he handed me a written prescription with an exercise plan for me to follow.  This really got me moving.  I was wondering if prescribing exercise is something new to the field of medicine.  Frank

A: Dear Frank:  Bravo for getting back to being physically active.  We have known for many years that regular physical activity is important to staying healthy but we have only recently started referring to exercise as a medicine and encouraging doctors to start prescribing it. Doctors tend to be very busy people and so when you ask them to add something more to their workload it had better be important.  Here are some important reasons why your physician took the time to encourage you to be more physically active:

  1. Physical inactivity has become a public health epidemic and the World Health Organization ranks it at the 4th leading cause of illness and death worldwide;
  1. 80% of Canadian adults don’t meet the physical activity recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity/week;
  1. The medical consequences of physical inactivity costs Canadians over 30 billion dollars a year;
  1. Studies have shown that regular physical activity will reduce the risk of over 30 major chronic diseases including depression, diabetes, osteoarthritis and high blood pressure;
  1. Physical active can be as effective as medications in the treatment of depression and more effective than medications in the treatment of stroke; and
  1. Research shows that a doctor counselling you to exercise is up to 10 times more likely to get you to change your behaviour than counselling you to quit smoking.

The bottom line is that regular physical activity is extremely important to your long term mental and physical health.  You are very fortunate to have a physician that recognizes this and is taking the time to prescribe you a way to better health.  You may not realize it but by becoming more physically active, you will also inspire others to discover for themselves that exercise truly is medicine!

Dr. Darrell Menard OMM, CD, MD (former PEO at RMC)
Sport Medicine Physician