The Future Athletic Therapist

One of the many great things about my job as an Athletic Therapist is that I get to meet new people everyday, help them recover from injuries, and teach them how to move smarter. The teaching aspect of therapy was not something that was evident to me when I was a student. You are so consumed with studying and meeting deadlines that the beautiful part of this profession, teaching isn’t apparent. Educating patients and my students is what drives me to continue to research and learn myself. Having students is a great way to keep you grounded and on your toes. So with our revitalized blog post, I want to take this opportunity to introduce part of my team, the future Athletic Therapist.

“I know how much an injury can effect someone mentally and physically based on my own experience and because of that I want to be able to help others”

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Over the past year, Ashley has graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Therapy. She started in the AC clinic during her clinical practicum and has continued to collect her hours in preparation for her national certification exam this November (we wish her luck). During school and beyond she has also been working with the St. James Canucks (MMJHL) a team close to my heart as I too worked with them as a student athletic therapist. Ashley decided to enter into the program after seeing an Athletic Therapist (AT) herself at the suggestion of her basketball coach. She had been battling a knee issue for awhile and other treatments weren’t doing the trick, after her first treatment “she was completely hooked”. She felt the treatment was a much more hands on and that her AT really understood how to treat her injury, as she explained her injury and why she was doing certain exercises as it pertained to her needs and wasn’t just hooked up to machines and ice.

What inspires me? – First and foremost is being able to make a difference in someone’s life. I know how much an injury can effect someone mentally and physically based on my own experience and because of that I want to give back and help others.

What I have learned – I have learned an extraordinary amount about exercise patient education during my time at AC. I have learned more about how to progress and regress an exercise to fit the needs of the patient. I still have a long way to go but I have learned a tremendous amount from my time at AC. I have also been exposed to more therapeutic modalities than I was taught in school. Some examples are the Graston Technique, Voodoo band and Jade stones.

Future Plans – First plan is to certify as an athletic therapist, I then hope to go traveling to celebrate a long, exhausting but enjoyable road to becoming an athletic therapist. Upon my return I will begin work as an athletic therapist and to continue to educate myself on skills I can use in my practice. Eventually I would like to attain a masters degree related to the field of exercise science and rehabilitation.

– Ashley Lund