Current Role Working With The Athletic Population
Currently I work as a Physical Therapist at The Bridge in Sherwood Park and in Edmonton Alberta. Both locations are performance facilities that house both therapists and strength coaches. As a clinician currently my caseload is approximately 75% athletes, primarily youth athletes. Our clinic has a close relationship with many prominent soccer clubs in the city, including our pro soccer club, so a large majority of these athletes are soccer players. I also see a large number of college/university athletes in the area. I have a special interest in lower limb injuries, specifically knees and ACL rehabilitation, so that also reflects in my caseload, as well as working with unstable shoulders/overhead athletes. I primarily work with athletes in early to mid stage rehab, then use our amazing strength coaches for end stage work, however in some cases I progress patients from early rehab all the way to return to play. I also offer performance training with some athletes.
Previously i've worked as a physical therapist with a provincial champion rugby club (St Albert Rugby Football Club), as well as a strength coach with the University of Alberta Pandas Rugby team during my undergrad degree.
I've also previously worked at the Sports and Health Assessment Centre at the U of A, performing fitness testing for professional boxers, cross country skiing, varsity teams, the Edmonton Eskimos professional football team, and the Edmonton Oilers NHL team.
First and foremost the athlete themselves provide me with the guidance I need to effectively manage them and help them in the pursuit of their goals. What's their training and injury history? What are the demands of their sport/position? What psychosocial factors are at play? What are their goals for this season, next season, long term? These are all questions that help me build a foundation for who that athlete is not only in their sport but as a person. This also gives the athlete confidence and trust in me as a clinician who has their best interest at heart. Secondly, I think evidence based practice is an absolute must. What does the research say about this specific population/diagnosis (if a diagnosis is needed or relevant)? What about periodization/load progressions? Staying up to date in high level evidence for me is critical to ensure i'm managing my athletes effectively. Anecdotal evidence also plays a role in this. What has that athlete had success with in the past? What have other clinicians had success with?
Finally I think active rehab and self management plays a huge role in my management. I want that athlete to be comfortable in the gym, comfortable under load, and confident in their own abilities. I want them to be physically and mentally resilient. If they have some sort of a flare of a a previous injury for example, I want them to be confident in working through what got them out of pain in the first place on their own first, before reaching out to me for guidance. I want to install self management strategies and empower my athletes to take control of their own rehab/performance goals, with me providing them with the necessary guidance along the way.
During my undergraduate program, I competed for the University of Alberta Golden Bears track and field team as a middle distance runner, competing nationally in the 800m and 1500m events. In high school, I competed in basketball at the provincial level. After finishing my track and field career, I switched my focus to strength/hypertrophy training. Currently I train for my own personal fulfillment and to improve my ability to coach, cycling through blocks of strength and hypertrophy work. Most recently I ran through Eric Cressey's High Performance handbook and absolutely loved it. Competing in a powerlifting meet at some point in my career is definitely something I'd love to accomplish. My clinic also competes in an ultra marathon relay every year called Sinister 7, and i'll be running a leg of that in June, so will likely mix in some endurance training methodologies this summer. However, my passion lies primarily in the gym.
Academic Background and Professional Training
Born and raised in Edmonton, I graduated from the Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program at the University of Alberta in 2018. During my time in my Masters program, I was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for highest academic standing. Prior to starting my Masters, I completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology, with a major in Sports Performance, receiving honours with distinction during my studies. Since graduating, I have continued my education, taking Stuart Mcgill's Level 2 and 3 courses, Greg Lehman's "Reconciling Pain Science and Biomechanics" course, as well as Biomedical Dry Needling. This year, I plan on taking courses from Scotty Butcher, Lynn Watson, and potentially Andreo Spina's FRC.