Connie Klassen

How did you first get involved with Athletic Therapy?

I originally wanted to be a sport medicine physician ​but after babysitting for a couple who were both doctors, I decided to go in another direction. When my brother broke his ankle playing hockey, I watched him go through his rehabilitation and decided that this is what I really wanted to pursue. I wanted to see the positive impacts I could have on a client. I then signed up for an Athletic First Aider Program course through the Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association​ - I showed up to a cancelled course but I found a place that had information about Athletic Therapy and there it all began.


What do you love most about your job?

The people I meet on all my adventures. I have had the good fortune to have a diverse career as an athletic therapist that has taken me many places around the world and introduced me to a whole variety of people. Whether its students, colleagues, athletes, coaches, mission staff, clients, committees and boards, etc - the people are really what matters!


What are the most common injuries you see?

Working mostly with national team ringette players, I see a lot of low back and groin injuries. ​


What are the most common misconceptions about Athletic Therapy?

Probably the old school image of the trainer walking to the bench with a towel over his shoulder, carrying a metal bucket of water. ​ The public doesn't realize that we don't strictly work with traditional athletes and teams, we have a diverse set of assessment and rehabilitation skills that can apply to a whole gamut of clients.


What is your advice for future Athletic Therapists?

Find your passion​, chase your dreams, love what you do - it's not all about the paycheck. Remember it’s about the clients you work with and seeing even the smallest of milestones being achieved.