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: U243K
Email: mlafave@mtroyal.ca
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

10. Lafave, MR, Owen, J, Eubank, BHS and DeMont, R. (2021). Validation of the Athletic Therapy Competency Framework. Athletic Training Education Journal. Volume 16 (1), pg. 71-86. https://doi.org/10.4085/1947-380X-20-080

12. Lafave, MR, Hiemstra, LA, Parikh, SN, Peterson, D. & Kerslake, S. (2020). Validity & Reliability of the Banff Patellar Instability Instrument 2.0 (BPII) in an Adolescent Population. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 40, 2, pg. e103-e106. doi: 10.1097

13. Lafave, MR & Yeo, M. (2019) The relationship between the volume of clinical presentation exposures, hours and student self-rated confidence. The Journal of Competency-Based Education. Vol. 4 (4), pg. 1-8. doi: 10.1002/cbe2.1204.

3. 4. Yeo, M & Lafave, MR. Learning to reflect in athletic therapy: a play in three acts. (2021) Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, Volume 4 (3), pg. 132-146. https://doi.org/10.36021/jethe.v4i3.232

6. Marien, M, Heard, M, Buchko, G, Hiemstra, LH, Kerslake, S, & Lafave, MR. (2021) Validity, Responsiveness, and Reliability of the ACL-QOL in an Adolescent Population. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001964.

Selected Presentations

  •  2. Lafave, MR., McAllister, J., Hynes, L. & Lafave, LMZ. Baseline Evidence-Informed Practice Attitudes and Knowledge of Undergraduate Athletic Therapy Students. EuroSOTL, Manchester, UK, June 16-17, 2022.
  • 3. McAllister, J., Lafave, LMZ Hynes, L. & Lafave, MR. Evidence-informed practice knowledge in athletic therapy. WFATT World Congress, Winnipeg, MB, May 5-7, 2022.
  • 11. Lafave, MR, Owen, J. & DeMont, R. Clarifying Competency Definitions to Help Frame the New Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) Competency Framework and Competencies, National Athletic Trainers Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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

Relevant community service

  • Chair of the Council of Accredited Institutions for Athletic Therapy in Canada.
  • CATA Program Accreditation Committee member from 2013-present.
  • Editorial Board Member, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders