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BACK in the Game
SFU’s Claudia Hart gets back on the court
February 24, 2017

At age 17, Claudia Hart was already making waves in her athletic career.

Averaging 19.5 points, 10 rebounds and three steals per game, it was no surprise when she was approached by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) women’s basketball coach for the 2016/17 season.

However, what many didn’t know was that Claudia was also managing her career alongside a history of back pain. She experienced a number of episodes throughout high school basketball, some taking her off the court all together.

With her university debut fast approaching, Claudia’s coach recommended she try Fortius’ BACK in the Game program. The unique program integrates physiotherapy, Pilates and strength & conditioning exercises in a group setting to get youth athletes back into activity and sport.

After the eight-week cycle, she was not only more confident in her game, but has built a foundation of strength and knowledge that she took with her into the start of her SFU season.

Watch the video to learn about her experience.

This program was developed and funded in collaboration with the Fortius Foundation and the Pro Motion Research Institute, a Canadian sport science charity. Read on to learn more about our program and how you can help support athletes like Claudia.


Through the support of the donors to our 2016 holiday fundraising campaign, the Fortius Foundation is excited to announce the purchase of new Pilates equipment. The new equipment will enable children with more severe pain and mobility issues to participate in the Back in the Game program.

Thank you to all of the holiday donors for helping us give more athletes access to the treatment and rehabilitation they need.


BACK in the Game is an eight-week, small group program for youth aged 11-17 that are experiencing back pain. It helps addresses the core issues behind each child’s pain and helps them develop the strength, the knowledge and the confidence to get active again in their daily lives, and in sport.

With your support, the Fortius Foundation can subsidize the cost of Back in the Game to help aspiring youth athletes return to play.

Help us make this program accessible to all youth athletes.