Athletic Therapist BHPED, CAT(C)
Paola Romeo has always had a passion for understanding how the human body functions. She grew up playing multiple sports, but truly became an elite athlete through ringette. Her passion for high level sport and the human body performance led her to pursue a career in Athletic Therapy. Paola completed her Bachelor’s Degree of Health and Physical Education majoring in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University, after transferring from the University of Victoria where she was working towards a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Throughout her time in university, she gained substantial clinical and field experience with varsity sport, particularly with the SAIT Men’s Hockey team and the University of Calgary Men’s Volleyball and Football teams.
The importance of staying active was instilled in Paola at a young age, which resulted in her participating in multiple sports growing up, including softball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, field hockey, and figure skating. Even though she played many different sports, ringette soon became her favorite. Paola played for Calgary AA Ringette from the young age of 10 years old. She quickly grew to love not only the sport, but the people and the work ethic of the community. She has been a part of very successful teams, including the 2011 Canada Winter Games Alberta Team, the 2014 Junior National Team, and the 2016 Senior National Team. She has also played in the National Ringette League for both the BC Thunder and the Calgary RATH. Even though her time on the ice has come to an end, she hopes to bring both of her passions together and become involved with ringette from a medical standpoint.
Paola currently works as a Non-Physician Expert at the Acute Knee Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary, while also working with teams on the field. She currently works with football and hockey teams, and has previously worked with gymnastics, rugby, wrestling, ringette, and has even gotten a little taste of the rodeo world. Paola loves that her career allows her to work with such a diverse patient population – from elite athletes to community sport or those looking to live active lives with their family and friends.
Paola is passionate about helping her patients not only feel better but also gain an understanding of what is going on in their bodies. She is a firm believer in the value of educating her patients to not only understand what their injury is but also how they can help themselves recover and maybe even prevent any further injury. Through her own experience of sport, functional training, and personal injuries, Paola aspires to be a hands-on therapist that enhances her patient’s recovery through exercise and education.