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September, 2017

Joe Kenny

CATA 2017 Hall of Fame

Being inducted into the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association means the world to me. I am truly humbled, surprised and honoured to be included into this group but I am very much aware of the fact that many of my colleagues are equally deserving of this award and thus I share this with all of them.

Contributions and Highlights

Joe Kenny joined the CATA in 1978 while working as a student trainer at the University of Waterloo. In 1981 Joe became the Head Athletic Therapist at Brock University and would spend the next 35 + years servicing athletes and teaching in the Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology. In the local community Joe along with Dr. Don Lorimer and Dr. Al Gold helped establish Niagara Region’s first sport medicine clinic servicing high school and local elite athletes.

Joe along with Dr. Don Lorimer and Dr. Al Gold helped establish Niagara Region’s first sport medicine clinic servicing high school and local elite athletes.

Around this same time Joe was part of a grass roots group of therapists who kick started the rebirth of the Ontario Athletic Therapy Association (OATA). This Executive was instrumental in continuing the presence of athletic therapists in Ontario by developing educational programs designed to help coaches, teachers, and community sports minded individuals across the province enhance their care for athletes.

Joe’s CATA involvement included 6 years on the Education Committee, with another 8 years examining certification candidates and then as a member of the CATA Board of Directors. For years Joe served as the CATA newsletter editor for the Athletic Therapy Today Journal in the mid 90’s. Joe offered and organized numerous professional education opportunities for therapists and created the first Continuing Education Calendar. In the past 5 years Joe has received two CATA marketing awards for promoting the profession during Athletic Therapy Month.

Joe has published and presented research articles on Risk Management and Safety in Physical Education, Injury Care in Elite Wrestlers, Continuing Professional Education in Athletic Therapy and in 2015 joined a team of authors to publish a White Paper for the OATA titled  “The Role of Athletic Therapists in the Health Care of Physically Active Ontarians: Now and Into the Future.” 

In the field Joe has been selected to the medical team for Canada for numerous international games including 1988 Winter Olympics, the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 1990 Commonwealth Games, 1991 and 2015 Pan Am Games and both the 1983 Summer and 1985 Winter World University Games.  Locally Joe has served as the medical Co-Chair for the1995 Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled, the 2005 Ontario Special Olympics and most recently volunteered at the 2017 Ontario Special Olympics.

Thank You

Joe would like to thank his first mentors former Head Athletic Therapists Brian Gastaldi, Brian Farrance, and professor Dr. Pat Bishop from the University of Waterloo for being so kind hearted and generous with sharing their expertise. All the current and past Brock Athletic Therapy Clinic staff including Dr.’s Don Lorimer, Preston Zuliani, Al Gold, Tim Prince and colleagues Jim Bilotta, Karen Millar, and Marianna Varpalotai .  Joe would like to extend a heartfelt thank my friends and fellow therapists in the OUA and Canadian schools and every CATA and OATA member past and present who has volunteered to make this profession so great.  Finally a special thank you to his wife Karen, children Chris and Erin, and parents for their undying support, patience and love.

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