Don’t get deterred by the name ⁠— athletic therapy isn’t only for elite athletes. If you’ve got joint pain, muscle strains, or shin splints from walking on Calgary’s cement roads, Athletic Therapy is a good place to start. Its specialty is anything that has to do with muscles, bones, and joint injuries.

Athletic Therapists can be considered the triage centre for an injury. They are focused on assessing muscle, bone or joint injuries and conditions and working towards immediate care, exercise and recovery. Treatment includes various combinations of exercise therapy, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, massage, and supportive strapping techniques.

Athletic Therapists treat a wide range of individuals from professional hockey players, recreational athletes, seniors recovering from hip-replacement surgery, or those recovering from some post-Stampede bronco rides. Try it out and get back to what you love sooner.


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Common injuries or conditions that can benefit from athletic therapy treatment:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Overuse injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Concussions
  • Pre- and post-surgery
  • Post-fractures
  • Motor vehicle accidents (MVA) rehabilitation

Are you an MRU varsity athlete?

Book an appointment directly with Head MRU Varsity Athletic Therapist Kerri Downer

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Meet our practitioners

Jenelle McAllister

Certified Athletic Therapist  

Jenelle has been a certified athletic therapist since 2000 and joined the MRU Injury & Prevention Clinic team in 2008. Her primary areas of interest are knee injury and the spine but she treats a wide range of injuries.

She is the only athletic therapist in Canada and one of only 10 health care providers in Alberta who is registered as a Bone Fit™ Trained Clinical Professional, a credential administered by Osteoporosis Canada, to assess/screen and manage people with osteoporosis.  She also now runs a program for individuals with knee osteoarthritis, called knee'd.

Certified Athletic Therapist, Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
Master of Science in Kinesiology: University of Calgary
Bachelor of Kinesiology: University of Calgary  

Lee Mackenzie

Lee Mackenzie

Pedorthist and Athletic Therapist

Lee is a Certified Pedorthist with the Pedorthic Association of Canada and a Certified Athletic Therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. 

Lee is the owner of Footjax, and his mission is to help keep people active on their feet.  Two of Lee's main tools are custom foot orthotics and the AlterG Anti-gravity treadmill. For more information about either of these visit

Lee has always had a significant preoccupation with sport and physical activity. This background gives Lee excellent insight into the specific demands of most sports and activities. Whether you walk to work, play field sports, run, bike, ski, hike, etc... Lee knows how to help make sure foot and lower body pain will not stand in your way.

Bachelor of Science: University of Calgary
Certified Pedorthist: Pedorthic Association of Canada
Certified Athletic Therapist: Canadian Athletic Therapists Association

Kerri Downer

Head Varsity Athletic Therapist

(Available for MRU Varsity Athletes only)

Kerri is the Head Varsity Athletic Therapist at Mount Royal University. She has been certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association since 2001.

Kerri has extensive sideline and clinical experience working with university level football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, field hockey and rugby teams. Kerri was a member of the Waterpolo Canada Senior Men's Integrated Service Team from 2011-2017 that included international travel to various training camps and competitions around the world. Kerri has extensive experience in acute sport concussion clinical assessment from her work as a clinical research assistant with the Benson Concussion Institute.

She is a strong believer in continuing education and has extensive manual therapy training including Muscle Energy Techniques, Strain-Counterstrain, Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release.

Certified Athletic Therapist, Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
Diploma in Sports Injury Management: Sheridan College
Bachelor of Kinesiology: University of Western Ontario

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4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
U216, Wellness Services



Hours of operation

Summer hours (July - Aug.)

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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