Hi everyone, I’m Adam from O’Neill Sports Therapy. I wanted to start off my blog posting with a personal introduction so I could tell you all about myself and my business. My plan is to do a weekly post talking about different topics in the therapy and sports world that I find interesting and that are hopefully interesting and educational for my audience. If there is a particular topic you are interested in me discussing please send me an email and I will add it to my list of ideas.
I guess I will start this blog by telling you all about myself. I am a Certified Athletic Therapist and the owner of O’Neill Sports Therapy. I am married to my beautiful wife Erica and we have a son named Jack who is coming up on 11 months old. I enjoy being outside, camping, playing games and watching sports. Growing up I played hockey and football from a very early age. Sports and activity were a big part of my childhood and I continued to play as I got older. In high school I picked up rugby and played on my university club team at St. FX in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Playing sports for that long you are bound to suffer a few injuries and I was no exception. My most notable injury was a shoulder dislocation I suffered in my last year of university. If you have ever had a dislocation you will know that once it happens once you are at a higher risk of it happening again and once it happens multiple times the joint becomes so unstable that you are likely looking at surgery. This was the case with me. After my 3rd dislocation I was put on the wait list for a Bankart Repair. At this time, I had graduated from a Kinesiology program but was yet to secure my first job in the field. I moved back home temporarily with my parents in Brampton, Ontario so that I had someone to help me out after the surgery. After the surgery, I opted to go to a private clinic near my house for rehabilitation. There I was treated by an Athletic Therapist that I connected with quickly as we were both big hockey fans. He remains the only Ottawa Senators fan I’ve ever met. I was in the clinic regularly for a couple of months doing my post surgical rehab and got to know many of the therapists who worked at the clinic. As I got back to normal, I began volunteering at the clinic to gain some experience in the field. I also submitted my application to the Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. I had to secure 2 letters of recommendation from Athletic Therapists, complete 50 hours of volunteer work in the field as well as complete my CPR HCP and first aid course as part of the application. Luckily for me I was accepted to the program. The AT program at Mount Royal at the time was fairly intense in terms of expectations. We began a week before the other students arrived to campus having to complete and pass an Emergency Medical Responder Course followed by a sports taping course the following week. Both courses had written and practical exams at the end of the week. These evaluations were used to determine our field and clinic placements- we were required to complete 1200 hours of volunteer work in the field in order to be eligible to challenge our national exam. Between a full course load and our practical requirements, there wasn’t a lot of time for anything else in the program. My wife took the program at the same time as me and that is how we met.
After graduating there was a window of time we had to wait before challenging our national exam, as it only ran twice a year. I got a job at a clinic in downtown Calgary called Centric Health as a kinesiologist while I waited to take my exam. I enjoyed it there. It was a large clinic that employed a lot of different disciplines. We had physios, chiros, massage therapists, acupuncturists, occupational therapists, orthotists, sports medicine doctors and orthopaedic surgeons all working under one roof. It was a valuable experience to get to know what each profession did. I was fortunate enough to pass my national exam on the first try. Not everyone in our class was so lucky. After certifying, I eventually moved to Regina to be closer to Erica, which was probably the biggest risk I’ve taken in my life. Leaving a comfortable job and all my friends and moving to a city where I knew one person. Luckily again, things worked out. I started treating patients out of GoodLife Fitness in Victoria Square- I was there for almost 2 years before going out on my own and starting O’Neill Sports Therapy. The people at the gym were good to me and helped a lot with developing a client base early on. I also work sideline emergency response for sporting events. I am with the Regina Pat Canadians hockey team full time as well as intermittently working national tournaments as well as high school sports in Saskatchewan. Between the clinic and on field work I have managed to keep myself pretty busy. The clinic provides me a steady day job and the sports work indulges the side of me that misses being part of a team and in that fast-paced competitive environment that high level sport offers. I have happily called Regina my home for over 5 years now and my wife and I just celebrated our second anniversary during the quarantine. I am excited to get back to work and get back to helping my patients overcome their injuries.
May 19, 2020