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Bridging the Gap between Rehab and Performance

Meet Stephen

Stephen is a Certified Athletic Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Running Coach. In 2022 he was honoured to receive the ATABC “Excellence in the Clinic” Award.
Stephen understands the profound effect injuries can have on a person’s physical and mental well-being, and his ultimate goal is to get you back to doing what you love and being at your best. Stephen uses a combination of hands-on treatment, movement, and exercise to help you accomplish your goals. If you feel like you have tried everything and seen everyone with no results, book an appointment with Stephen.
He has experience working with many different types of clients but considers running and endurance sports his specialty. Stephen works with ICBC clients, tradespeople, as well as musicians, and firmly believes that everyone is an athlete and deserves to be able to move and be active in whatever form they choose.
When not working with clients, you might see Stephen stretching his mental muscles at pub trivia or playing trombone around town.


UVic Club athletes receive 15% off their first appointment with Stephen!

When should you see an Athletic Therapist?

Athletic Therapists are highly skilled in injury assessment, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning and work with you on your specific goals to keep you doing the activities you love.

It may be a good idea to consider athletic therapy when:


You are experiencing physical pain or discomfort, that negatively impacts your daily life, your occupation or your ability to do physical activity.


You would like to improve mobility, stability and strength to reduce the risk of injury.


You are recovering from an injury or surgery and would like to return to your original activity level.


You would like to improve performance by addressing gaps or compensations that are holding you back from realizing your full potential. 

Did you know? Athletic Therapy is covered under your UVSS/GSS Student Health Plan!

What to Expect

You can expect individualized treatments that bridge the gap between rehab and performance


We will perform a detailed assessment to determine the true nature of your injury. We look for ways that your body is compensating because of injury with the goal of getting you back to what you love you stronger than before.


After a thorough assessment, we may utilize a wide variety of treatment modalities including manual therapy such as soft-tissue therapy and joint mobilizations to open a window of opportunity forexercise integration. 


Our ultimate goal is to get you back to activity or sport as quickly and safely as possible. We tailor your rehabilitation to your sport, your lifestyle, your goals and your individual needs. We aim to help you move better and feel stronger than before you were injured.


Athletic Therapists view client education as a crucial cornerstone to a healthy and rapid recovery. Athletic Therapy can include learning how to mitigate re-injury and even learning about lifestyle factors that can help you get back to doing what you love faster.

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

I worked with Stephen Woollard at the Athlete Centre he was amazing. He was very proactive and understanding and did everything in their power to help me get back to rowing after a rib injury. I would definitely recommend!

Alizée B
National Team Rower

The Athlete Centre and their staff are not only professional, courteous and friendly, they are leaders in the Victoria community. If you need any professional care and want to be treated like a top level athlete, GO SEE THEM!

Warren R.
Golf Pro

Nothing but great things to say about The Athlete Centre! Highly qualified people who helped me with athletic therapy, personal training, massage therapy and physio. One-stop shopping for all your athletic needs.

Tim C.
Masters Athlete


We offer additional benefits, for a no-stress visit so you can focus more on why you’re here. 


We are centrally located just north of Uptown, so you pop in before or after work, or even sneak away on your lunch break. 


We have free parking right outside the building and are on major bus routes. 


We’re open 7-days a week and have morning, afternoon and evening appointments available so you can fit  your sessions in when it works best for you! 


The Athlete Centre is team of dedicated and passionate therapists who take the time to understand your unique goals, and provide an individualized plan that supports you every step of the way, while educating you on the how and why.

We use our experience in working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes to provide an integrated, collaborative approach which will inspire active individuals to realize their potential.

The Athlete Centre is a committed part of your team who will empower you to move better, build strength and confidence and provide you with the tools you need to achieve your goals.


Our Services

We have a number of complimentary services at The Athlete Centre to help you perform at your best!


Athletic Therapy

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Massage Therapy

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Yoga Therapy

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Bridging the Gap between Rehab and Performance to Keep You Doing What You Love!