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

Biomechanists

​​​​​​We're proud that Fortius Sport & Health has attracted some of the leading names in sport and exercise medicine, working together as a fully integrated practitioner team. Our Fortius team works in tandem with our senior leadership and management to ensure integration, collaboration and innovation on multiple fronts.

 Our Team

 

 

Dr. Christopher MacLeanhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/DrChristopherMacLean.aspx<p>​Dr. Christopher MacLean is a nationally-recognized Biomechanist. A key member of the sport medical advisory team behind Fortius Sport & Health, he has a Master of Science (Human Kinetics) from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. (Biomechanics) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the past President of the Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association. He was involved in the prescription foot orthotic industry for the past 22 years and was the Director of Biomechanics at Paris Orthotics Lab Division in Vancouver, B.C. His research efforts over the past several years have focused on the mechanism of lower extremity orthopaedic (overuse and traumatic) injuries and the influence of therapeutic interventions. He has also been involved in research on the influence of footwear and exercise interventions.</p><p> </p><h2>Education: </h2><ul><li><p>PhD in Biomechanics, University of Massachusetts</p></li><li><p>M.Sc. in Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia</p></li><li><p>B.Sc. in Exercise Science, Acadia University</p></li></ul><h2>Athletic History: </h2><ul><li><p>Played hockey for Team Atlantic in the National Major Midget Championships in 1984</p></li><li><p>Played Junior Hockey in Nova Scotia in mid-1980s</p></li><li><p>Played University Varsity Hockey for Acadia University in mid to late 1980s</p></li></ul><h2>Professional Highlights: </h2><ul><li><p>Director of Biomechanics at Paris Orthotics Lab Division</p></li><li><p>President of the Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association</p></li><li><p>Director of Fortius Lab & Applied Biomechanics, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul><h2>Research/Academic Interests: </h2><ul><li><p>Orthopaedic Biomechanics</p></li><li><p>Mechanism of lower extremity orthopaedic injuries</p></li><li><p>Influence of therapeutic interventions (surgical, exercise and/or orthoses)</p></li></ul>
Jessica Maurerhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/JessicaMaurer.aspx<p>​As part of the Fortius Lab team within Fortius Sport & Health, Biomechanist Jessica Maurer brings wide ranging expertise and research and professional experience. <span lang="EN-US">From 2007 - 2013, Jessica worked</span><span lang="EN-US"></span>​  at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children as Gait Lab Engineer where she performed research on children with neuromuscular disorders. She has teaching experience at the University of Calgary, and assisted graduate students at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University with biomechanics research projects. Jessica has been published in various referenced papers and has presented on topics as wide ranging as Restless Leg Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, and Midfoot Breaks. She graduated from the University of Calgary with her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Mechanical) and is an expert in Gait Analysis, Motion Capture, Visual 3D and Plantar Pressures (Tekscan and Novel).</p><p> </p><p> </p><h2>Education</h2><ul><li><p>M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering (Mechanical), University of Calgary</p></li><li><p>B.Sc., Physics, University of Victoria</p></li></ul><h2>Roots</h2><ul><li><p>Skiing</p></li><li><p>Basketball</p></li><li><p>Cycling</p></li></ul><h2>​Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Gait Lab Engineer, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children</p></li><li><p>Master's Thesis Project, University of Calgary</p></li><li><p>Biomechanist, Fortius Sport & Health</p></li></ul>
Noa Deutschhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Noa-Deutsch.aspx<p>​​Noa is a coach, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, and sports nutritionist. Her athletic involvement started about 28 years ago as a competitive swimmer. Noa enjoyed both swimming and running, but at age 11 her swimming coach told her that she needed to choose one or the other. Instead of choosing, Noa decided to add cycling to the mix and after only one training session with her new triathlon team, she knew she had found the sport for her.</p><p>Noa won several elite junior national titles in triathlon and cycling and raced at an international level since she was 15 years old, taking part in European Youth Cup races, European Junior Championships, Mountain Running World championships and various ITU pro races. She has competed in hundreds of races, ranging from sprint triathlons to Half Ironman triathlons, in addition to national and international cycling and running events.</p><p>In 2005, Noa graduated with a sport coaching and science degree (Canterbury University/Christchurch College of Education in Christchurch, NZ). Her thesis measured the impact manipulating seat tube angle on athletes' bikes has on VO2max, power output and threshold. In 2009, Noa graduated with the prestigious & internationally recognized IOC post graduate diploma in sport nutrition.</p><p>Noa has been fortunate to gain valuable experience working with a variety of athletes as a coach, nutritionist and bike fitter. She has worked with absolute beginners to Olympic medalists to anyone in between. She is passionate about excellence, helping athletes achieve their goals and developing young, promising athletes into international performers and podium competitors.</p><p><br></p><p> <span style="color:#b6d30c;font-family:'kulturista medium', arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.46em;line-height:1.4;">Education</span></p><ul><li><p>ISAK level I – International Society of the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (March 2013)<br></p></li><li><p>NCCP Multi-sport competition development modules completed (May 2011)<br></p></li><li><p>International Olympic Committee – Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition (2009)<br></p></li><li><p>NCCP triathlon introduction to competition (2008)<br></p></li><li><p>Canterbury University, Christchurch, NZ (2005) – Bachelor of Sport Coaching & Science, specializing in performance physiology & biomechanics<br></p></li></ul><p><br></p><h2>Professional Highlights</h2><ul><li><p>Pacific Tri-Works – A new high performance triathlon initiative in Vancouver<br></p></li><li><p>RTC (Regional Triathlon Center) coach – Vancouver, BC. Working with junior elite & provincial elite squad (2013)<br></p></li><li><p>Camosun College: Nutrition for sport & fitness lecturer (2011 & 2012 winter semester teaching position)<br></p></li><li><p>Triathlon Canada senior squad technical swimming coach, working with Simon Whitfield and Andrew Russell (November-December 2011)<br></p></li><li><p>Former elite triathlete (Junior) and ISR national team member<br></p></li><li><p>17+ years coaching experience in various endurance sports, working with kids, juniors and age group levels. Proven experience developing athletes to an international, elite level of competition<br></p></li><li><p>10 years bike fitting experience, 7 of it using Retul 3D dynamic motion caption system<br></p></li><li><p>Experience bike fitting Olympians, national champions, professional athletes and other athletes of all ability levels. Some notable athletes include Simon Whitfield, Andrew Russell, Kyle Jones, Paula Findlay, Kirsten Sweetland, Matthew Sharpe, Lauren Groves and more​<br></p></li></ul>