About Us

Judy Mackasey

Judy Mackasey  

CAT(C), B.P.E.  

Certified Athletic Therapist

You do not need to be an athlete to see Judy; her ideal client is a motivated individual with a positive attitude willing to take the necessary steps to deal with their injury to pursue their goals.  Judy has 20 years of experience that encompasses clinical work in multi-disciplinary clinics, owning a clinic for 13 years in Canmore, Ab., touring with Cirque du Soleil, and being a team therapist for several sports.

Best known for returning professional and elite athletes back to their sport after an injury, Certified Athletic Therapists use the same sport medicine approach to quickly rehabilitate your injury – resulting in faster recovery, reduced chance of further injury, and fewer visits to your health care professional.

Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.


TYPICAL APPOINTMENT

Clients can expect one-on-one attention during their visit, with an active aggressive approach to injury rehabilitation. A typical visit employs a combination of methods such as manual therapies, soft tissue mobilizations, dynamic exercise, therapeutic modalities, and detailed home programs to accelerate their progress.   Athletic Therapists can:

-          Diagnose and Treat Acute injuries: Sprains and Strains

-          Assist in your rehabilitation of a Motor Vehicle Accident with manual Therapy or Exercise Rehabilitation

-          Diagnose and Treat Chronic Repetitive injuries

-          Preparation and Maintenance Care for Sporting Events

 INSURANCE COVERAGE

Many insurance companies cover Athletic Therapy, it is often in the same para-medical category as Physiotherapy. Since coverage is dependent upon individual policies, it is best to call your 1-800 # to check your coverage. Some companies which may include Athletic Therapy coverage are:

  • Liberty Health
  • Great West Life
  • All sport
  • Citadel
  • Greenshield
  • Empire
  • Desjardins
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Canadian Hockey Association
  • Manulife
  • Sunlife
  • The Cooperators

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK YOUR INDIVIDUAL PLAN'S COVERAGE FOR THE SERVICE YOU ARE RECEIVING.  

CERTIFICATIONS & TECHNIQUES

Active Release Techniques (ART)

Muscle Energy of the Thoracic Spine

Running Injury Clinic Biomechanics

Sports First Responder Certification

Doping Control Officer

 

PROFESSIONAL  AFFILIATIONS

Canadian Athletic Therapy Association

BC Athletic Therapy Association

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

 

VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE

Working at sporting events is a passion for Judy. She devotes her time to 1-14 events a year providing field coverage at events ranging from local to International level.  Below are a few examples:

2015/1999            Pan Am Games                                         2003                   Canadian Biathlon Nationals

2014                       Alberta Winter Games                            2002                   National XC Ski Championships

2010                       Vancouver Olympics                               2000/1999        National Figure Skating Championships

2007                       Canada Winter Games                            1997                   National Gymnastics Competition

2005                       Cross Country Skiing World Cup           1996                   National Women's Soccer

2003-2005            TransRockies Mountain Bike Race       1993                    National Ultimate Championships

1996-1998            World Cup Mountain Biking Races (7 events)

1996-1999            Rugby: Men’s, Women’s, Levels from High School, Club to International Play

TEAM EXPERIENCE:

2015                                       National Youth Climbing Team Therapist (World Championships, Italy)

2014                                       National Youth Climbing Team Therapist (Pan Ams - Mexico,

                                                                World Championships - New Caledonia)

2014, 2002- 2007               Wolverines High School Football

2003- 2007                           Therapist for National Cross Country Ski Team

1996-1999                            Eastern Ontario Women’s Rugby

1993/1994 Season            University of Ottawa –Women’s Volleyball Team

1992/1993 Season            Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – Men’s Hockey Team

1991/1992 Season            South Side Athletics Midget “AAA" Hockey, Edmonton, Alberta

1992                                       St. Albert Rugby Football Association, Edmonton, Alberta

 

 Judy volunteered with the Canmore High School football team for 7 years attending practices and games to keep the players safe.

She has volunteered at Canada Winter Games, Pan Ams, and the Vancouver Olympics. She has travelled as a dedicated team therapist with hockey, rugby, football, soccer, and climbing.