Travis graduated from the University of Alberta’s Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program in 2010. He is dedicated to ongoing education to stay at the cutting edge of Manual Therapy (hands-on treatments), Functional Movement, Prehab, Exercise and Taping. He has completed post-graduate coursework in all of these fields and is committed to keep up with current research and best practices.
Starting in 2009 while completing his Masters, Travis has consulted to youth clubs, varsity teams and professional athletes on rehab, injury prevention and functional movement. He has been consulting to UBC Volleyball since 2010, led medical event coverage for Canadian Beach Volleyball Nationals 2012 and 2013, and worked onsite with competitive rugby, football, swimming, ultimate frisbee, soccer, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, mixed martial arts, etc.
Travis is involved in all aspects of treatment and conditioning for athletes, with a goal of increasing training tolerance, decreasing injury and improving performance.
Nobody can escape stress 100% of the time, (and if you've figured out to do this, please share your magical secrets!). It is something that can get the better of us sometimes, and can have a negative effect on our health and well-being. Stress can increase the release of cortisol which can increase the risk of cardiac issues. It can toil with our emotional well-being making us more irritable or reactive to something that would otherwise not bother us. Stress is a sneaky devil that can creep up on us. It is important to learn to manage our stress to try to decrease these negative effects that it can have on our bodies and minds.
Here are some ideas to help decrease the effect of stress on our lives:
1. Get active: go on a hike, walk the dog, hop on a bike, hit the gym, practice yoga. Whatever it is you enjoy, do it! Physical activity has repeated been linked to better mood. Yay endorphins!
2. Eat something healthy: when we are stressed, we tend to reach for the chips or the choco…
If you run, bike, are desk-bound all day, or have been sitting in a car or plane traveling, your hamstrings could use some extra love and length. It not only feels good to stretch this commonly tight area, but hamstring flexibility is also important for the health of your back, hips, and knees. Here are six easy and essential stretches that target the backs of your legs. To avoid injury, it's best to do them at the end of a workout, when the muscles are warm.
Tipover Tuck Hamstring StretchThis stretch is good for your hamstrings and also loosens tight shoulders.Stand with your feet hips-width distance apart. Interlace your hands behind your back. Keeping your legs straight, bend at the hips, tucking your chin and bringing your hands over your head.Relax the back of your neck, and if the stretch is too intense, release your hands, placing them on the backs of your thighs, and soften your knees. Hold for 30 seconds and slowly roll up to standing. Scissor Hamstring StretchEasy to do…
Begin with tall neutral spine posture. Then bring a resistance band around the back of your thorax and wrap it around both wrists and into both hands. Have your palms face up in the start position with the elbows at about 90 degrees and broaden the shoulder blades. Then punch your hand forward pointing your thumb towards the ceiling and return it to the start. Repeat this 10 times for 3 sets and do it for the other side too! This is a great exercise for shoulder impingement pain caused by weak and poor scapula muscle activation.