Featured Speaker

Mr. Behnad Honarbakhsh

MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c) Physiotherapist Vancouver, BC

BIO: Orthopedics Now

Behnad is the founder of FIT TO TRAIN Human Performance Systems Inc. in Vancouver British Columbia. He is a practicing clinician having worked at several sports therapy clinics. Behnad was the former Director of Physical Therapy for the Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey Club, and continues to consult with the team. He was a program coordinator and continues to consult at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Kinesiology as well as UBC’s Varsity Athletics. Behnad has consulted with various university and professional sports teams at national and professional levels, including teams and athletes in the NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL,CFL and MLS.

Behnad is passionate about teaching and continues to combine his diverse clinical skills and years of experience with lecturing in the fields of rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Behnad has a special interest in movement assessment and training and has been involved with Functional Movement Systems since 2001. He is a senior instructor for Functional Movement Systems and on the advisory board for Functional Movement Systems and RacquetfitTM.

Behnad graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) in Exercise Science, a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT), and a degree in Osteopathy Manual Practice (DOMP) from the Canadian School of Osteopathy. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has completed a graduate certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at Curtin University (Perth, Australia), certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI), and trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

Pre-Training Assessment

Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c), discusses the importance of pre-training assessments.

A lot of times we come across people that get motivated and excited to go out there and train and the question I always ask is ôare you fit enough to train?ö

Sometimes, when people do get motivated to go do these things, predisposing imbalances, strength issues, and flexibility issues just drop them off the other end.

People can end up with chronic repetitive injuries that they didn’t have before they started, and all it took was a predisposing factor to be pushed a little bit further and bring up these issues.

They can do a fitness assessment for you and figure out these things before they happen. You don’t have to be in pain to see a physiotherapist – just like you go to your dental hygienist to clean your teeth when you don’t have tooth pain, you can see a physiotherapist to find out if your wheels are aligned, if there is enough air in all tires, or if you’re functioning on a flat tire.

If you have questions about pre-training fitness assessments, see a physiotherapist.

Presenter: Mr. Behnad Honarbakhsh, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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