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Promoting Pain-Free  Activity

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The Athlete’s Recovery Workshop helps athletes who are struggling with understanding why they have pain by providing them with useful information so that they can perform confident and Pain-Free



Learn why prevention is the best way to avoid future pain and how to implement preventative methods into your daily life.

Strength and Mobility 

Learn why Strength and Mobility are critical for pain reduction. 


Understand why mindset is crucial when it comes to living a pain-free life. Learn how to implement mindset into your daily life. 




Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 37 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory.

He has worked with professional athletes in Basketball, Football, Hockey, MMA, and Olympians from various sports. 


Breakthrough Physiotherapy 

Isaac graduated from the University of Manitoba with his Bachelor of Arts Advanced degree in Psychology in 2011; while completing his degree, he was a member of the Men's Basketball team. 

After earning his Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 2014, Isaac has worked in the public and private health sector, treating and promoting wellness in a variety of populations, including geriatrics. 

Recently Isaac founded Breakthrough Physiotherapy, which provides mobile physiotherapy solutions. 

Isaac is an avid sports lover and a former collegiate and pro basketball player.


Coast Performance Rehab

Clayton Cross is a Certified Athletic Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Co-Owner of Coast Performance and Rehab; there are two locations, one in Vancouver and North Vancouver. 

He has a love for sports and movement and enjoys training and playing volleyball, basketball and tennis.

Clayton has worked with the Vancouver Police Department, Olympic, and professional athletes. He has a passion for rehabilitation and performance training. He has written articles for local and national magazines and has been a speaker at regional and national conferences. 

Clayton strongly believes in finding the root cause of any injury. Treatments are based on an in-depth assessment that considers the whole body. The focus is always on addressing a patient’s needs through a continuum ranging from manual therapy to exercise and movement-based therapy and reconditioning. 

Overall, Clayton’s goal and his goal for COAST is to have a client leave in a better state than before they got injured. 


Acceleration Performance


AP Ballers

Sherwin Vasallo graduated from the University of Winnipeg, during which time he was a member of the Men's Basketball team. 

He has been a rehabilitation specialist and strength coach for over 15 years, certified in Dragondoor Russian disciplines.  

He currently trains athletes, with an emphasis on his AP Ballers program, which focuses on training in the weight room and on the court for youth to the pros. 



Essential Performance and Fitness

Richard Sylvester is a strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with basketball players at the University of Manitoba and Grande Prairie Regional College. 

Additionally, he worked with Alberta Sport Development Centre NW as a youth physical development coach and a speed and a power coach for an international Rugby Academy and a Netball Academy. 

Richard is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at The Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand).

His mission is to use his education and experience to help athletes achieve success, safety and enjoyment in sport.


Alliance Athletics

Matthew is a physical education teacher, basketball player, and founder of Alliance Athletics coaching. 

He has played sports his entire life, such as soccer, badminton, volleyball, football, and track and field, but his true love has always been basketball. He played college basketball and professional 3x3 basketball. 

Matt developed a desire to improve his body, and through this process, he became passionate about the topic of athletic development. 

Through the founding of Alliance Athletics, he started to see training differently. The Alliance training system can be adapted to anyone willing to put in the work. It includes standards, levels and a pathway to reach your peak and live pain-free!


JJ Strength & Conditioning

Jon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education.

 He helps former basketball players look and feel like athletes again without living in the gym. 

He takes pride in educating and inspiring others to 

make lasting positive lifestyle changes to build their best life.


 Superhero Movie Fit

Brent has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 11 years and has worked with athletes ranging from the provincial to professional levels.

Currently, he owns Superhero Movie Fit - an online and in-person community that includes many former athletes looking to get themselves back into game shape. 



University of Regina Coach 


Hooper Meditations

Jon is entering his 7th year coaching at the U SPORTS level. Currently, Jon is the lead assistant coach at the University of Regina with the Women’s Basketball program. Jon has had various experiences coaching and instructing all levels of basketball players.

Jon is most passionate about empowering athletes in high-performance environments. Through developing a holistic approach in player development, Jon has shifted his coaching methods from previous years. Jon values autonomy, self-discovery, problem-solving and retention & transfer as a coach.

Looking forward, Jon is developing interests in spirituality, sports psychology, breathwork and yoga.


Basketball Manitoba

Adam has been involved in Basketball administration for almost 25 years. He has acted as Program Coordinator, Technical Director, as well as Executive Director with Basketball Manitoba. Additionally, he co-founded the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and served as their Executive Director. 

Over the years, Adam has been a champion for developing many new initiatives. As a result, Basketball Manitoba has always been ahead of the pack with new innovative ideas that are eventually adopted by other sports organizations. 

Basketball Manitoba's philosophy on injuries is prevention and balanced recovery. They publish regular articles informing coaches on avoiding injury in practices and how to train basketball players to prevent potential injuries. Additionally, they have a comprehensive insurance policy that supports players, coaches, and officials in their recovery journey.  


Professional Basketball Player and Psychvansing

Jelane played basketball for and took psychology at the University of Winnipeg. He played 3x3 with Team Winnipeg, which was one of the top teams in Canada. Additionally, he represented Canada in 3x3 at the 2019 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In 2019 and 2020, he played for the Saskatchewan Rattlers in the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Before that, he played for Sudbury 5 and PEI Island Storm in the NBL.  

Jelane became interested in personal development and saw how focusing on psychology, consciousness, and the mind could improve his playing performance. He created Psychvancing to help athletes change their mindset so that they can become better athletes.  


Professional Basketball Player and 

Physical Education Teacher

After playing College basketball, Graham moved on to play on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, Professional 3x3 in Japan, and currently plays for the Canadian Deaf National Basketball Team. He is also a Physical Education teacher and basketball coach at various age levels dedicated to helping young people develop their understanding and passion for lifelong physical activity.


Osteopathic Massage Therapist

Apart from treating his clients globally, he specializes in teaching a unique and effective form of myofascial and spinal stretching as well as teaching his clients techniques on how they can be their own therapist. 

Instead of the conventional client/therapist model where the client is reliant on the therapist, he aims to treat and teach clients specialized techniques in managing difficult conditions from the comforts of their own home.

Koorosh is currently entering his post-graduate studies. On his off time, he enjoys assisting in creating indoor festivals and healing retreats when appropriate with the Füll Blum Organizing Team in Winnipeg. He loves nature and staying active. His favourite hobbies are electromagnetic healing, quantum mathematics, martial arts and spirituality / philosophy.



I am very excited to present our first project, The Athlete's Recovery Workshop!

 The Athlete's Recovery Workshop mission is to help and support you on your journey of pain relief and overall wellness. We want to help empower you to change your lifestyle, in order to become healthy in mind, body, and spirit, so that you can be active and pain-free. 

I created Back2Basketball because I wanted to help people. 

After years of battling back-pain, I eventually hurt my back so badly that my right leg became paralyzed.

I could no longer do the things I loved, like play basketball or even something simple, like relaxing and watching a movie. Instead,  I spent my days trying to ease my back pain. I was depressed, had low energy and was scared that this is how the rest of my life would be. 

I searched for help in the medical system; however, nothing seemed to work. It wasn't until I took accountability for myself and changed my mindset and lifestyle that I started to see a reduction in my back pain. Eventually, I rebuilt my body and mind and returned to playing basketball and being active again. 

Back2Basketball's mission is to transform the lives of past and present basketball players who struggle with back pain by focusing on personal storytelling and community building. Our hope is to inspire a change in mindset, as well as a shift in the lifestyle and daily habits of basketball players. We wish to transform and effectively alter the lives of people who have been suffering from chronic, debilitating back pain. By changing their perspective on their bodies and its abilities through empowerment, accountability, and consistency, we hope to help you completely turn your life around. 

Back2Basketball envisions a future where basketball players are empowered to take ownership of their daily habits and lifestyle choices that will lead to long-lasting positive outcomes.  


Acceleration Performance/AP Ballers

  • FREE 6-week speed program 
  • FREE AP Baller hoodie
  • FREE team training session (max 10 athletes - Winnipeg area only )

Alliance Athletics

  • 1-month free training 
  • 50% off the first month
  • Functional Movement Screen

Basketball Manitoba

  • Wilson Evolution Basketball ($60)
  • Agility ladder & cones ($35)
  • Fox40 Dry-Erase coaches board ($30)

$125.00 value

Breakthrough Physiotherapy

  • Video Consultation 
  • FREE in-person assessment (Winnipeg area only)

Coast Performance Rehab

  • FREE assessment with our Physios, Chiros or Athletic Therapists at either of our locations or if you are out of province we can do it online via video consult / Telehealth. 

Essential Performance and Fitness

  • FREE athletic assessment: jump assessment, sprint analysis, bodyweight strength, mobility (Winnipeg area only)
  • FREE sprint analysis and 6-week speed program, with weekly check-ins (Winnipeg area only)
  • FREE 1 month personalized online training program with weekly check-ins

JJ Strength & Conditioning

  • FREE consultation and assessment.  (Winnipeg area only)
  • 50% OFF the first month of in-person training  (Winnipeg area only)
  • 50% OFF Premium Online Coaching program

Koorosh Osteopath 

  • 50% off first mobile osteopathic assessment/treatment (Winnipeg area only)
  • 1 FREE at-home spinal and myofascial stretching session (Winnipeg area only)

Super Hero Movie Fit

  • FREE health and fitness consultation
  • FREE month of online personal training 
  • FREE month of nutrition coaching

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