Eric Richard

Athletic Therapy

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in 2017. During this time, from 2014-2017, I worked as a Student Trainer for the Saint Mary’s University women’s and men’s hockey teams with an interest in pursuing athletic therapy further in the future. During my degree I began coaching CrossFit as a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer at Ironstone Strength and Conditioning, and have been coaching group classes and personal training since 2016. 

In 2018 I followed up on the goal of becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist and travelled to Calgary, Alberta to complete the Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal University. Throughout the duration of this program I was exposed to athletes and patients of many different sports and backgrounds, including football, soccer, volleyball, hockey, basketball, cross country, track and field, wrestling and even rodeo. The primary teams I worked with while in Calgary were the Mount Royal University Cougars men’s basketball team, and the University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team. Clinically, I use a holistic assessment process and a combination of exercise and manual therapy techniques to rehabilitate and recondition patients from a variety of injuries and pain to musculoskeletal structures, which include but are not limited to muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, and nerves. In the field I specialize in on-field and sideline assessments, return-to-play decision making, and protective taping and padding, and sideline concussion assessments. In addition to becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist (Provisional), I am a certified first responder and CPR/AED HCP certified, and I as well hold a certification in basic and advanced kinesiology taping through RockTape.

My passion for helping individuals return to their daily activities and is stronger than ever. I believe that movement is an incredible tool that anyone and everyone can use to make their lives better. My goal when working with clients is to identify how their movements may be leading to pain and discomfort and give them the skills and tools to come back to a place of function. When we get clients moving properly under the appropriate loads and volumes, their quality of life will increase greatly and they will be better equipped to move forward with their sports, occupations, and hobbies. I am not here to “fix” clients, but to give the tools they need to help themselves and continue pursing whatever their finish line is.

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