Nicole Johnston, Rehabilitation Specialist

Meet Nicole! Nicole grew up living a very active lifestyle, whether that was hiking and enjoying the outdoors or playing sports. She was involved in competitive sports from a young age and saw how much of an impact proper exercise, training and rehabilitation for injuries could have on her game and quality of life. This is where her passion for the study of the human body started. Nicole is highly intrigued on how the body moves, how it operates and functions, and how in turn, to properly train these muscles and movements.

Nicole grew up in Sherwood Park and carried on to University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology. She has spent the past years working in health and wellness and is also the Athletic Trainer for minor hockey. In the hockey setting she focuses more on reducing the risk of injury, communication with Physiotherapists and Athletic Therapists and carrying on proper integration of exercise and rehabilitation for athletes. Nicole has found a special interest in concussion management in sports and playing an integral role in athletes return to play progression. She also loves working on mobility for athletes. This means assisting those in need with their ability to move actively through range of motion.  Nicole accomplishes this by identifying imbalances, correcting and educating limitations and supplying proper exercises for improvement to affect one’s activities of daily living and performance. 

What do you do for leisure? 

Hiking, rollerblading, biking, working out, playing with my dogs

Most memorable moment in your profession?

My first run in with a potential spinal injury during a hockey game. Although I had prepared mentally and gone over many scenarios like this, it still put me on the spot and really tested me. I had to learn on the fly how to remain calm while keeping control of a potentially life threatening situation.   

Biggest mentor or motivator? 

One of my favorite coaches for ringette, Rick when I was about 13. He was my biggest supporter/motivator and pushed me to be the best player I could be. He also supported me with all my training and ambitions for future career goals, he always told me I could do anything I set my mind to.

If you had a superpower but could only use it once a month, what would it be? 

To be able to teleport, I am always running behind so being able to get to where I need to be in the blink of an eye would be so helpful!

Favourite holiday? 

Christmas! I love the lights, decorations, music and of course all the food. I am a sucker for sweets and baking so this time of year is the best for me.

If you could go back in time which year would you choose to go back to and why? 

December 2019 – I went to Bali for 2 weeks, I would have gone on a longer trip. Not knowing a few months later international travel was going to be put on hold from Covid 19 for who knows how long!

How do you like your coffee? or caffeine? 

Black

Tell us something no one would know about you?

I can crack my elbow repeatedly.