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Mark Lafave, PhD, CAT (C)

Administrative title:
Program Coordinator, Athletic Therapy

Academic title: Professor

PhD, University of Calgary
MSc., University of Manitoba
BPE, University of Manitoba 

Contact information
Office: U241
Phone: 403.440.6246

Mark began at Mount Royal in 1994 as both an instructor in the department and as the Head Athletic Therapist for Cougar Athletics. In service to both these groups, Mark was instrumental in the design and development of the clinic at Mount Royal (Optimal Therapies). Since 1997 Mark has focused primarily on an academic role at MRU. He was part of the inaugural class to become a full professor at MRU in 2012. In 2018, Mark won the MRU career achievement award for research and scholarship. He has focused his research in two main areas: clinical education/SOTL and clinical research focused on knee and shoulders.

Areas of Instruction

  • Clinical Education
  • Competency Development
  • Orthopedic Assessment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Skill Development

Areas of Scholarship

  • Clinical Education
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Clinical Research on Knees
  • Clinical Research on Shoulders
  • Competency Development

Selected Publications

Lafave, MR, Hiemstra, L, & Kerslake, S. Validity, Reliability and Responsiveness of the Banff Patellar Instability Instrument (BPII) in an Adolescent Population. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. In print, May, 2019

Lafave, MR, Hiemstra, L, & Kerslake, S. (2018). Validity, Reliability and Responsiveness of the Banff Patellar Instability Instrument (BPII) in an Adolescent Population. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Vol. 38, e629-e633. doi: 10.1097/BPO.000000000000125

Lafave, M.R. & DeMont, R. (2019). Implementing Competency-Based Education for Athletic Therapy in Canada – are we ready for change? Journal of Competency-Based Education, in print doi:10.1002/cbe2.1181

Hiemstra, L., Kerslake, S., Lafave, MR. (2019). Generalized Joint Hypermobility does not Influence Clinical Outcomes following Isolated MPFL Reconstruction for Patellofemoral Instability. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy, pg. 1-8,

Eubank, B., Lafave, MR., Mohtadi, N., Wiley, P., Bois, A., R., Sheps, D. (2018). Evaluating quality of care for patients with rotator cuff disorders. BMC Health Services Research, 18 (1), pg. 569. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3375-4

Selected Presentations

Lafave, MR & Yeo, M. Understanding Relationships between Factors that Contribute to Deep Learning and Competency Development in Professional Education. European Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bilbao, Spain, June 13-14, 2019.

Lafave, MR, Owen, J. & DeMont, R. Physical Activity and Nutrition Competencies for Athletic Therapists: a New Framework with a Renewed Role? International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, June 4-7, 2019.

Lafave, MR, Owen, J. & DeMont, R. Clarifying Competency Definitions to Help Frame the New Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) Competency Framework and Competencies, CATA Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 30-June 1, 2019. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care 2019

Lafave, MR, Owen, J & DeMont, R. Evolving Roles of Athletic Therapists in Canada with Health Promotion under a New Competency Framework. An International Forum on Health Promotion and Education. Athens, Greece, May, 2019

Lafave, MR., Valdez, D, Yeo, M. & Owens, J. A Measure of Competence in Athletic Therapy – Content Validation of the Mini-CEX for AT. 2nd World Summit on Competency-Based Education for the Health Professions. Basel, Switzerland, August, 2018

Relevant community service

  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Program Accreditation Committee 2013-2023
  • Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine 1994-present