• What is Athletic Therapy?

    The prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic Therapists find the cause and treat the cause, not just the symptoms.

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  • Who is Kerri?

    With a bachelors of Health Sciences specializing in Athletic Therapy, Kerri is also a tree-planter, hockey player and dreamer... living life and helping others to stay active in beautiful BC!

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  • How can Kerri help YOU?

    Kerri can help whether you’re suffering from a sports injury, having pain at work or simply want to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. If you move, Athletic Therapy can help you.

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“Kerri’s Athletic Therapy has allowed me to continue to do what I love in the winter whether ski touring, sledding or hiking. My repetitive work as a tree planter would have been cut short if it weren’t for Kerri’s work on my ankle and hip. Anyone active would benefit from her treatments”.

Sam Usher. Tree planter, backcountry ski enthusiast, Environmental Technologist

“Kerri’s Athletic Therapy has allowed me to continue to do what I love in the winter whether ski touring, sledding or hiking. My repetitive work as a tree planter would have been cut short if it weren’t for Kerri’s work on my ankle and hip. Anyone active would benefit from her treatments”.

Sam Usher. Tree planter, backcountry ski enthusiast, Environmental Technologist

What is Athletic Therapy?

What sets athletic therapists apart from other physical therapies is our thorough injury assessment and more aggressive and active approach to treatment. Our goal is to look at the body as a unit to find the root source of the injury. As our motto goes: find the cause and treat the cause, not just the symptoms.

Athletic Therapists use a variety of special tests to stress the integrity of different structures in body, like muscles, bones and ligaments. Basic movement screening, sport or activity specific movements and even cognitive screening for head injuries are all apart of finding the cause of the injury or pain.

ATs are highly skilled in manual therapy, therapeutic modalities and exercise therapy. We look at the body as a whole to find and treat the cause of the injury. This approach results in a fast return to activity and a decreased chance of re-injury. A few of the popular manual therapy and modalities you might see used in the clinic are: myofascial cupping, active soft tissue release, joint mobilizations and correcting movement imbalances.

Did you know that Athletic Therapists can also be on the sidelines of events, games and races? I am First Responder Certified and have all the sideline tools needed to keep you active, at work or on the field. Athletic Therapists can be first on the field to start managing your injury right from the get-go! Pre event taping, on-field and sidelines assessments, first aid treatments and post event treatments can all be provided by a Certified Athletic Therapist.

Find the cause and treat the cause, not just the symptoms.

Kerri

Who is Kerri?

My name is Kerri and I am a Certified Athletic Therapist and owner at Kerri Dunsmore Athletic Therapy. I graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelors of Health Sciences specializing in Athletic Therapy in 2015.

Rewind to 2008 when after I received my Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from St. Lawrence College, I began spending my summer holidays planting trees in Northern BC. Over the next 10 years or so during my short stints in the bush, I quickly fell in love with the lifestyle that Western Canada had to offer. After being accepted into the Athletic Therapy program, my dream became: Open a private AT practice in British Columbia. Fast forward to now: My dream is now a reality!

I am no stranger to sports and activities. I grew up playing competitive hockey in Ottawa and recreationally I played just about every other sport that I could! I still play hockey but my main sport now would be mountain biking and XC skiing! I do also enjoy hiking for the views and yoga and Olympic lifting to stay sane, strong and mobile.

I enjoy trying new sports, jobs or movements to understand the demands and stresses that can be placed on the body. This drive for understanding and knowledge combined with my formal and continuing education, combines a unique skills for helping people with their injuries related to sport, work and daily living!

Athletic therapy often flies under the radar but it shouldn’t, the knowledge you gain alone is priceless!

Ashley Borlase. BC Wildfire

How can Kerri help YOU?

Kerri can help identify the severity, location and the tissues involved in your injury/pain. A variety of hands-on manual therapy techniques and tools will be used to help create an ideal environment for healing, leaving you feeling relaxed and mobile. Education is a key part of injury rehab, and you will always be sent home with the proper knowledge and specific-to-you exercises for on-going healing you can do anywhere.

Kerri’s goal is to bring balance back to body by restoring strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination and proprioception. This in turn will increase performance and overall well being. Receiving regular Athletic Therapy treatments can help manage pain and discomfort allowing you to safely and confidently return to your sport, activity or work.

Chronic, acute, concussion, pre-op, post-op, random muscle or joint pain, decrease in performance, etc. – If it involves your body or movement, Kerri can help you.