Athletic Therapist Of the Month
The ATABC would like to recognize the significant talent and expertise among our membership. The Athletic Therapist of the Month blog will showcase members willing to share their Athletic Therapy story.
Our October AT of the Month award goes to Nick Murray ! This Amazing AT has a unique set of skills and experiences. We’re excited to share a little of his professional story with you here.
Where are you from/where did you grow up?
Logan Lake, British Columbia
Where did you go to school for Athletic Therapy and when did you graduate?
Mount Royal College, 2008
Who was your mentor/SAT and how did they shape you as an AT?
Jonathan Sun in Richmond, BC was a mentor for me before, during and after I was at school at Mount Royal. Deanna Schick was my SAT and she was integral in my studying and preparation for the certification exam.
How many years have you been certified?
I have been certified for 9 years.
Tell us about your occupation, employment or team? Current Position and City?
I am currently the head athletic therapist at Douglas College in New Westminster. I work with all of the varsity teams which includes men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, golf and curling.
What accomplishments you would like to share?
Assisting the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL playoffs.
Are you, or were you an athlete yourself? What sport(s)?
Growing up in a small town I played every sport possible. I was never very good, so wasn’t able to pursue any beyond the recreation level.
Favourite sport(s) to work with?
Hockey has been my favourite sport in the past, but I am enjoying the variety of sports and injuries that I get to see working at Douglas College.
Highlight of your AT Career?
Bronze medal with team Canada at the 2015 IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championships
Why did you become an AT?
I love sports and was not able to pursue a career as an athlete. Athletic therapy was my means of remaining in the sports industry.
Describe your day to day duties as a Certified Athletic Therapist:
I am fortunate to have students working under me that are assigned to work with each of the varsity teams. They cover all practices and all road games. I am responsible for home game coverage for both Douglas athletes and the visiting team’s athletes. During the week I work with a variety of athletes that are either rehabilitating current injuries and, with the school’s strength and conditioning coach, work with athletes to prevent injuries.
What would you like the public to remember about Certified Athletic Therapists?
Athletic therapists are medical professionals that specialize in musculoskeletal injuries, and that we are neither “trainers” nor “physios”!