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Jamie Rempel

Jamie Rempel

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 2004
Program: Sports Injury Management

Keeping Athletes in Top Shape

As Assistant Athletic Therapist for the BC Lions Football Club in 2004, Jamie Rempel was thrilled to make it to the Grey Cup that year. “Being part of the Grey Cup was a great experience; losing to the Toronto Argonauts, not so much!” recalls Jamie.

Although he is no longer with the Lions, the native of Agassiz in BC works extensively with professional and amateur athletes as a team trainer and clinic owner in Langley. A Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he has been Team Therapist for the Langley Chiefs Jr. A Hockey Club in BC for the past three years. In 2005, Jamie founded the Langley Sports Medicine Clinic where he treats a variety of clientele from top-level athletes to weekend warriors.

He was also part of the medical teams at the 2010 BC Summer Games and the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, as well as the BC High Performance Hockey program there. As a Doping Control Officer for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, Jamie was a member of the Anti-Doping team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jamie received his Human Kinetics degree from UBC in 2001. He then came to Sheridan “because it’s known as the best of the best” in the field of athletic therapy. That’s when he gained insight into the broad range of options within the field. A successful athletic therapy career is not limited to the world of high profile sports teams, says Jamie. “Virtually every person in my first-year class at Sheridan said they wanted to work in pro sports. But by the time we graduated, only one student still wanted to pursue that path. The program exposes you to many other aspects of the field that students will find rewarding and interesting.”

So what advice does Jamie have for the amateur athlete? “Stretch! The most common injuries at my clinic are chronic, overuse conditions - those that started off as something “nagging” but are now debilitating. Most of us can't afford the time away from work or the financial burden of rehabilitating injuries so a little bit of preparation can prevent months of unnecessary pain, discomfort and inconvenience.”