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Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

Applied Sport Scientists

​​​​​​​Our Applied Sports Science team at Fortius provide the bridge between science and practice. Each member of the team has a specialist area, providing assessment and monitoring both in the lab and in the field, but all remain engaged day to day as practitioners who prepare athletes. In this way they bring their blend of specialist knowledge and practical experience to translate athletes' individual data into better informed practice and preparation.​



Paul Gamble, PhD | Director, Sport Performance<p>Paul Gamble has worked with athletes of all ages across a multitude of sports at elite and professional levels in a career spanning two decades and both northern and southern hemispheres. Paul began his career in professional rugby union with English Premiership side London Irish, but has since worked with groups and individuals across a diverse array of sports, notably serving as National Strength and Conditioning Lead for Scottish Squash. Paul completed his PhD in 2005 and is the author of four textbooks, with a fifth title due for release in January 2018 ​. Alongside his work in the realms of physical preparation and athletic development, Paul has also worked extensively in the area of sports injury. Paul is also a track and field coach across multiple events, and during his time in New Zealand coached their #1 sprinter Joseph Millar who completed the 100m/200m sprint double at both the New Zealand and Australian Championships in 2017, and represented New Zealand in both the 100m and 200m at the IAAF World Championships held in London in August 2017.</p><p> </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>PhD (Exercise Physiology) Brunel University, UK</p></li><li><p>BSc(Hons) Sport & Exercise Sciences University of Birmingham, UK</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Background as a player in a range of team sports, notably football (soccer), rugby union, and latterly rugby league</p></li><li><p>Became a track and field athletics coach (across multiple events) a decade ago</p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><ul><li><p>London Irish Rugby Football Club</p></li><li><p>Individual players representing their country in rugby unions 7s and 15-a-side game</p></li><li><p>Scottish Squash and Racketball</p></li><li><p>Individual athletes (multiple sports and events) competing at Olympic, World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games</p></li><li><p>Athletics New Zealand</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Recently attended Athletics World Championships in London as part of the New Zealand team, as personal coach for Joseph Millar (NZ record holder and multiple national champion in both 100 and 200m) who competed in both 100m and 200m events</p></li><li><p>Successive top-four finishes for Scottish Squash men's team in European Team Championships and consecutive Commonwealth Games (men's doubles) </p></li><li><p>Coached New Zealand sprinter Joseph Millar from injury to personal best (2015-2016 season), and national records, New Zealand and Australian championships 100/200m double and world championships representation (2016-2017 season)</p></li><li><p>Author of four textbooks in physical preparation for athletes: Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports (2009); Training for Sports Speed and Agility (2011), Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports (2nd Edition) (2013); Comprehensive Strength and Conditioning (2015)</p></li><li><p>Fifth book due for publication in January 2018</p></li></ul><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>Research fellow with AUT-SPRINZ (Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand) and Sports Kinesiology Injury Prevention and Performance research groups</p></li><li><p>Supervised postgraduate research (PhD and research masters) on change of direction performance, and strength and power development for rotational and striking sports</p></li><li><p>Personal research interest in sports injury and rehabilitation, speed development, change of direction and agility, rotational power development​</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><ul><li><p>National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2002</p></li><li><p>High Performance Sport Accreditation with British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)</p></li><li><p>Chartered Scientist (UK Science Council)</p></li><li><p>Level Two Accreditation at Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)</p></li><li><p>Performance Coach Qualification with Athletics New Zealand ​</p></li></ul><p>​</p>
SEAN MC KEOWN | APPLIED SPORT SCIENTIST (BIOMECHANICS)<p>​​As part of the integrated practitioner team at Fortius Sport & Health, Strength & Conditioning Coach Sean Mc Keown is an experienced practitioner within the health and fitness industry.  Sean previously held the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning for 5 years with Dolphin Rugby Club in Ireland - a top Division 1 team - and holds a Master`s Degree  in  Sport Performance​. ​He has worked with a vast variety of elite, sub-elite, professional and amateur Rugby players and is specifically skilled in designing and implementing  integrated strength & conditioning programs as well as functional movement systems - including the development of appropriate corrective programs. Being born and raised in Ireland,  he has a passion for​ Gaelic games and has played Gaelic football as his primary sport to the  highest club level in Ireland. </p><p><span style="line-height:25.2px;"><br></span></p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science​, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland <br></p></li><li><p>Master ​of Sport Performance​, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland ​<br></p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Gaelic games<br></p></li><li><p>Gaelic football<br></p></li><li><p>Rugby<br></p></li></ul><h2>Client CV</h2><div><ul><li><p>Dolphin Rugby Football Club <br></p></li><li><p> Nemo Rangers GAA <br></p></li><li><p>Munster Rug​by<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2></div><div><div><ul><li><p>Irish Rugby Football Union – Certified Conditioning Coach <br></p></li><li><p>Irish Rugby Football Union - Level 1 Coaching<br></p></li><li><p>NSCA - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)<br></p></li></ul></div><h2>Research Interests</h2></div><div><ul><li><p>Functional Movement Systems<br></p></li><li><p>Notational and video analysis<br></p></li><li><p>Nutritional & recovery strategies​​</p></li></ul></div>
ADAM WASYLYSHYN | APPLIED SPORT SCIENTIST (PHYSIOLOGY)<p>​​​​After spending ten years in Calgary, AB studying exercise physiology and working as a strength and conditioning coach, Adam relocated to Vancouver to join the team at Fortius. Having competed as a varsity track and field athlete during his time at the University of Calgary, his areas of interest lie in energy systems development and running injury prevention. Adam's training philosophy is grounded on the importance of "focusing on the process instead of the outcome". He would love the chance to show you how this mentality can enrich both your training experience and your life.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p><h2>Education</h2><p></p><ul><li><p>​​B.Sc in Exercise and Health Physiology with distinction, University of Calgary<br></p></li><li><p>M.Kin in Applied Exercise Physiology, University of Calgary<br></p></li></ul><p></p><h2>Client CV</h2><p></p><ul><li><p>Calgary Flames Hockey Club<br></p></li><li><p>Calgary Inferno Hockey Club<br></p></li><li><p>University of Calgary Dinos track and field team<br></p></li><li><p>Canadian Men's field hockey team​<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><h2>​Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Cross Country<br></p></li><li><p>Track and field<br></p></li><li><p>Downhill skiing<br></p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><p>NSERC undergraduate research award</p><h2>Professional Affiliations</h2><p>Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist​</p><h2>Research Interests</h2><ul><li><p>HRV and neuromuscular athlete monitoring systems<br></p></li><li><p>Energy systems development​​</p></li></ul>