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Our Mission

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

 Our Team

Dr. Duriell Bernard

​​​Dr. Duriell Bernard is a chiropractor and former national level athlete who understands the importance of functional movement, and its absolute role in daily living. Dr. Bernard takes an evidence based, functional and rehabilitative approach to therapy, utilizing a wide variety of soft tissue therapies (myofascial cupping, ART and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy - also known as Graston Technique), exercise based therapies, and electro-modalities to achieve optimum results. Dr. Bernard emphasizes movement based rehabilitation, combining essential movement patterns with daily occupational and sport based movement requirements. Dr. Bernard has extensive experience working with track and field athletes and has represented Canada as a medical practitioner at a variety of international competitions.



Education

  • Degree in Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

  • Specialty Honours B.A Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, ON


Roots

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach - Strength & Power

  • Olympic Lifting Coach

  • Varsity Track & Field Athlete, York University (National Level Hurdler)

  • Provincial Level Basketball - Ontario Basketball Association


Client CV

  • Steel Machine's: Strength & Power for Sport

  • Athletics Canada

  • Canadian Paralympic Committee

  • Commonwealth Games Canada

  • Toronto Pan American Games

  • Canadian Sports Institutes - Ontario, Pacific

  • UBC - Track & Field

  • SFU - Track & Field


Professional Highlights

  • 2009 - 2012 - Training Staff. Steel Machines Strength & Power for Sport & NHLPA

  • 2012-2014 -  Integrated Support Team (IST) Medical Lead - Athletics Canada East Hub

  • 2013 IAAF IST Medical Staff - Athletics Canada. IAAF World Track & Field Championships Moscow,

  • 2014 - IAAF IST Medical Staff - Athletics Canada. IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sopot Poland

  • 2014 - IST Medical Staff - Athletics Canada. IAAF World Relay Track & Field Championships, Bahamas

  • 2014 - IST Medical Staff - Athletics Canada. Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Scotland

  • 2015 - Medical Lead Practitioner - Athletics. Toronto Pan American Games, Toronto

  • 2016 - IST Medical Staff - World Rugby 7's - Fijian Team. Vancouver

  • 2016 - IST Medical Staff - Athletics Canada. 2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro


Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Chiropractic Association

  • College of Chiropractors of BC

  • Ontario Chiropractic Association


Research Interests

  • Clinical impact of nutrition on musculoskeletal, physiological, and metabolic parameters in athletes and active individuals

  • Recovery time and tissue response to different loading stimuli post injury

  • The role of mechanical loading, desensitization of central nervous system and pain perception

  • The roles of stability, mobility, flexibility, and strength in low back, upper and lower limb disorders


 
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