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VP, Administration, Action Sport Medicine International
Patrick Handfield graduated from McGill University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1987, he completed his Canadian Athletic Therapy Certification. He is a recognized physiotherapist and certified athletic therapist. He is a member of the "Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec", the Canadian Physiotherapist Association and he is an active member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, as well as a member of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.
Since graduation, Patrick has continued to demonstrate an interest in physical and sports medicine. He is presently the head therapist and coordinator of the health services department at Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School, as well as head physiotherapist of the Action Sport Physio Downtown clinic and vice-president Administration of Action Sport Medicine International.
Patrick has attended various provincial, national and international athletic events including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1992 Paralympics Games in Barcelona, the 1988-89, 91-92 World Junior Hockey Championships in Anchorage and Germany, the 1989 Francophone Games (as head therapist), the 1991 World Cup of Gymnastics in Montréal, the 1987 Junior Pan-AM Track and Field Championship in Jamaica, and the 1991 Canada Games. He is medical coordinator of the Canadian Track and Field Championships, a position he assumed in 1990. He acts as a consultant with the National Federations for Hockey, Gymnastics and Track & Field.
Always current on various topics in the field of physical and sports Medicine, Patrick has taken additional professional training in manual therapy, muscle energy, myofascial release, biomechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis, management of cervical headaches, and others. He also takes great interest in exploring new techniques with his colleagues from other countries as he travels on special assignments with different sporting organizations.
Away from his practice you will find him running, cycling, playing tennis, hiking or playing beach volleyball. During the winter months, he spends some of his time skiing, but his passion will always be our national sport: hockey.