When Jon Cain goes to work, he has his typical days and his “atypical” days, as he calls them. Like 20 percent of all Certified Athletic Therapists in Canada, Jon works in rehabilitation (he owns Cain Exercise Rehab in Victoria, B.C.). The clinic offers proactive exercise and pain management services for a wide variety of clients, from athletes to post-surgical patients to weekend warriors to seniors.
What all of Jon’s workdays have in common is that he practices the spectrum of athletic therapy care: assessment, prevention, rehabilitation, reconditioning, and emergency and acute care.
“A typical day is one seeing clients at my clinic, usually capping out around four or five clients in one day,” explains Jon.
With every new client, he starts with an assessment, which includes a full client history and a physical assessment. “Assessments in the clinic are very thorough,” says Jon. “We get a full background, including activity history and goals, and completely assess the area of concern as well as the surrounding joints.” The goal of his assessment? “To have as much of a clear picture as possible to educate the client on what’s happening with their body and be able to effectively treat it.”
Once the assessment is complete, Jon can start the appropriate rehabilitation and treatment to prevent further injury. “Rehabilitation means retraining a client’s body to move the way we want it with as little discomfort as possible,” explains Jon. “The beauty of athletic therapy is the fact that we can take the rehabilitation to a strength-and-reconditioning level and really get the client stronger and more functional than they were even before the injury.” For Jon, the goal is to allow clients to be free with their movements again.
On the field
And an atypical day? This is when Jon is on the field, providing emergency and acute care to the athletes on a box lacrosse team. “Treating in the field revolves heavily around symptom management and prevention so the athletes can continue to play,” explains Jon. As a trained First Responder, Jon is in charge in case of emergencies on the field, but he counts himself lucky that he has only had to call 911 once during play. “It’s more acute care that I provide, which is constant,” he says. “Sprains, strains, bruises and more. I’m always running around, and often triaging, to minimize the extent of damage when an incident occurs. A lucky day is a few bruises and a bit of blood!”
Favourite part of any day?
That was an easy answer for Jon: “Treating clients, especially when I surprise the client with a successful outcome,” he says. “As an athletic therapist, I love helping people feel good in their bodies again.
Jon Cain was born and raised in Victoria, BC. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy at Camosun College in 2014 and sits on the Board of Directors for the Athletic Therapists Association of British Columbia. A former long-distance runner, Jon has been involved in numerous sports and fitness settings as both medical personnel and coach. He continues to coach youth cross-country and track and field and provides athletic therapy care in lacrosse.