I’m Paige Shannon, and I have been a Certified Athletic Therapist since July of 2016. I have also earned the ATC designation in the United States.
I grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and have always been deeply involved with local sports. That involvement bred a love of sports and the protection of athletes. This love is what drove me to the profession of athletic therapy. I started my education at Concordia University in Montreal, where I completed the first two years of my undergraduate degree. After transferring, I moved to Winnipeg where I completed the remainder of my degree. I have since graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
In the last five years, I have worked in both clinical and field settings. The University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy clinic was my home for two school years. I spent two summers at The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) treating in the Varsity Athletic Therapy Clinic while training with the Clarington Shamrox lacrosse team of the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League.
As a student athletic therapist, I have worked in three of the four Canadian Interuniversity Sport conferences, as well as the NAIA conference of the NCAA. I spent a season with the Concordia Stingers football team in the RSEQ conference. Upon transferring to the University of Winnipeg, I worked one season with the Wesmen Men’s baseball team in the NAIA before moving on to be the senior student therapist for the university’s Women’s volleyball team in the Canada West conference. While completing my clinical internship at UOIT, I provided coverage for events in the OUA conference.
Since then, I relocated to Olds, Alberta where I joined the Collegiate Sports Medicine, Olds team. From there, I worked with the Olds College Broncos of the ACAC, treating their varsity athletes in the clinic for two seasons. I also spent two winters traveling with the Broncos women’s hockey team, the Olds Grizzlys Midget AA boys, and providing home game coverage for the Olds Grizzlys Jr. A (AJHL) and Mountainview Colts Jr. B (HJBHL). In the summers, I stuck with lacrosse, spending my time with the Olds/Mountain View Mavericks Jr. B team of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League.
I am now moving again, onto something bigger and better–recently I was hired to be the Head Athletic Therapist with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.