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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. Rick Celebrini

​A co-founder and partner in the Fortius Institute and senior member in the leadership team behind Fortius Sport & Health, Dr. Rick Celebrini is internationally-recognized as one of North America's leading sport and orthopedic physiotherapists. He served as the Manager of Medical Services and Chief Therapist for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He works with dozens of high-profile professional and Olympic athletes, including two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash of the LA Lakers and consults to organizations as diverse as the Canadian Soccer Association, Canadian Alpine Ski Team and the NHL Players Association. He is the Head of Sports Medicine and Science for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer.  His research interests include the areas of injury prevention, epidemiology of injury risk factors and performance enhancement. He has gone on to teach nationally and internationally the techniques of athletic movement re-education for various chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Education: 

  • PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

  • Diploma, Sports Physiotherapy (Distinction) – Sport Physiotherapy Canada

  • Manual Therapy "A" level (Honours) - Canadian Association of Manual Therapists

 

Athletic History: 

  • Former professional soccer player, Vancouver Whitecaps

  • Member of Canada's national men's soccer team

  • Competitor, Pan-American Games, Youth World Cup (soccer)

  • Canadian medical team member at 3 Olympic Games

 

Client CV: 

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MLS

  • Canadian Soccer Association

  • Canadian Alpine Ski Team

  • Dallas Mavericks, NBA

  • Seattle Seahawks, NFL

  • Washington Capitals, NHL

  • NHL Players Association

 

Professional Highlights: 

  • Co-director AMRC - Athletic Movement Rehabilitation and Conditioning

  • Chief Therapist & Manager of Medical Services, Vancouver 2010 

  • Co-Founder and Chief Sport Officer, Fortius Sport & Health

 

Research/Academic Interests: 

  • The promotion of activity in children

  • Screening for injury risk factors

  • Performance enhancement parameters in developing athletes

  • Implementation of injury prevention strategies in athletes

  • Addressing pediatric obesity

  • Monitoring and recording children for injury prevention

  • Investigating biomechanical issues in children

 

Professional affiliations: 

  • Member Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

  • Member Canadian Association of Manual Therapists.

  • Member Canadian Sports Physiotherapy.

  • Registered Physical Therapist - College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia.