Pro & Olympic Athlete Rehab


Twist Performance offers the highest level of health and wellness coaching; a world-class facility offering preventative, restorative and peak performance programs to elite athletes, youth athletes and adults of all ages and fitness levels. Our integrative system between physical therapy and sports performance and fitness training allows our clients a safe and efficient return to sport.  
With some of the top physiotherapists and sport rehabilitation specialists in our locations, Twist Performance’s partnership with Allan McGavin Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy brings the industries best in rehabilitation and physiotherapy for our athletes. The Allan McGavin group has extentensive experience working with elite (Provincial/National/Olympic/Professional) athletes for over 35 years. 


Founded in 1981 at the University of British Columbia, the AMSMC was the pioneer in the multi-disciplinary treatment of sports injuries. Today, we remain a leading resource in sports medicine through our commitment to professional development and our support of research through the B.C. Sports Medicine Research Foundation. Our therapists are involved with students at UBC as clinical educators and mentors through our association with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Schools of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology. We are involved with the education of residents, fellows and practicing physicians and physiotherapists. Our physiotherapists have significant experience working with athletes at the highest levels of competition from provincial and national, to Olympic and professional. 
We have a comprehensive approach to patient care. Educating patients about their condition and creating independence are the foundation of our programs and treatment plans. We go beyond alleviating symptoms and focus on understanding and identifying the root cause of the problem. With manual therapy and individualized exercises, we strive to restore function so that our patients are adequately prepared to return to sport while minimizing the risk of re-injury.

Services available: 
• Physiotherapy for acute and chronic conditions 
• Sports physiotherapy for Pro & Olympic level athletes 
• Sports physiotherapy for youth athletes 
• Pre/Post Surgical Care 
• Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) 
• Electrotherapy 
• Massage Therapy 
• Functional Movement Screen

Injury Prevention

• Safe, science based programming that focuses on balanced, working bodies and functional movements.  
• Each workout begins with a balance, core, shoulder, and hip prep that efficiently and effectively prepare the athlete's body for movement.  
• Building smart muscle through neurally challenging exercises and layering movement onto strength that builds a smarter body that is less likely to be injured.  
• Programming built upon individual movement screens that assess an athlete's unique body mechanics and points of breakdown.  
• Twist Certified Coaches' unparalleled knowledge of unique mobility and stability exercises that will challenge and prepare the athlete like never before. 

Physical Therapy

• Every coach is a university graduate ensuring high levels of competency in the biomechanic, physiologic, and psychologic aspects of injury.  
• Integrated systems between physical therapy and sports performance with the ultimate goal of a safe and efficient return to play protocol and minimal risk of reinjury. 
• Neurally taxing movements that overload the body's software allow the athlete to become better everyday even while in an injured state.   
• Partnered with Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre who has an unmatched reputation in the Vancouver physiotherapy community. 
• Network of Physiotherapists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Radiologists, Internists, and Exercise Scientists. 
• Over 35 years of experience working with Olympic, Paralympic, professional, and amateur athletes.

Post Physical Therapy/Active Rehab

• Integrated therapy and performance sectors that allow for the most effective training.  
• Collaborative environment- knowledge/exercise sharing  
• Individualized corrective mobility and stability work programmed into the workouts.  
• Physical therapy exercises implemented and progressed. 
• Emphasis on mindset that ensures that the athlete is not only physically ready to return to sport/full training, but also mentally prepared. 

Return to Play/Reconditioning

• Athletes always have a coach while training in the centre ensuring proper and safe movements as they return to training.  
• Building smart muscle and smart bodies that give the athlete full confidence to compete at an elite level after injury.  
• Part of the Twist family even when the athlete leaves our centre to return to play.  
• Coaching/Physical Therapy Resources are always at their fingertips.  
• Take home programs available.  
• Individualized programming, so that each athlete trains exactly how they need to train.  

Notable Twist Rehabilitation Success Stories

• Morgan Reilly, Toronto Maple Leafs Elite Defenseman (NHL)  
• Torn ACL November 6, 2011 
• Breaks Twist's unofficial vertical jump record in summer 2012 
• Credits time spent with Twist and training emphasis on not just getting him strong, but getting him ready to play hockey.

Notable Twist (Allan McGavin) Physical Therapy Clients

- Vancouver Canucks, 1980-1985 (Clyde Smith)  
- Winter Olympic Games, 2010 (Zenya Kasabuchi, Scott Fraser, Andrea Reid)  
- Winter Paralympics Venue Medical Officer, 2010 (Zenya Kasabuchi)  
- Canadian Men's National Field Hockey Team, 1997-2008 (Scott Fraser), 2009-2011 (Andrea Reid), Current (Ryan Leaver) 
- Skate Canada Junior Nationals, 2003, 2005 (Andrea Reid) 
- Short Track Speed Skating Western Canadian Championship, 2013. (Ryan Hill)

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