Situated in the Central Valley Sports Complex in Burnaby, B.C., the Fortius Athlete Development Centre is a not-for-profit facility integrating world-class amenities with sport & health resources.
It serves as the flagship facility for Fortius Sport & Health, which also includes the Fortius Foundation and the Fortius Institute.
Approximately 70 per cent of the Fortius Athlete Development Centre is comprised of the personnel and operations of the Fortius Institute, an integrated professional business unit that serves individual clients and provides community programs delivered through the Centre.
The remaining 30 per cent of the Fortius Athlete Development Centre features related retail and office space, cafés and refreshment bars, gymnasium and our Athlete Village.
At the core of the Fortius Athlete Development Centre is our Fortius Institute professional practice. Our Institute will feature leading sport medical, science and training practitioners and professionals providing a wide range of services, such as: Clinical Sports Medicine & Diagnostics; Therapy, Rehabilitation & Return to Play; Applied Sport Training; Research & Innovation; Progressive Technology; and Prevention.
One of the signature elements of the Fortius Institute is the Fortius Human Performance Laboratory.
Fortius Community Education
The Fortius Athlete Development Centre will work in tandem with the Fortius Institute to develop workshops and seminars in sport safety and injury prevention for: Health care professionals; Coaches, officials and parents; Provincial, national, international sport systems; Athletes and amateur sport participants; and to the general public, ranging from active-living people who want to make the most of their recreational and leisure pursuits to weekend warriors and those aspiring to higher levels of fitness.
Fortius Community Programs
The Fortius Athlete Development Centre will offer a wide range of community programs in sport and health. The vast majority of these programs will be developed by the Fortius Institute and SportMedBC (a Premier Founding Partner of Fortius Sport & Health, the Fortius Institute and the Fortius Athlete Development Centre).
The full roster of Fortius Community Programs will be introduced in the period leading to the completion of construction of the Fortius Athlete Development Centre in the spring of 2013, but it will include public access to:
- RunWalk programs
- Injury prevention and training programs in soccer and other major team and individual sports
- Nutrition programs
- Athletes and amateur sport participants
- General public
The Fortius Athlete Development Centre features a HydroWorx® hydrotherapy and conditioning pool. It is the only facility of its kind in Canada offering access to the Hydroworx® rehabilitation and performance environment, which combines the therapeutic properties of water with state-of-the-art technology. Water therapy, training and exercise protocols are monitored by the practitioner team at the Fortius Institute but public access on a fee-per-sevice basis (or through special community programs) is offered and coordinated by the Fortius Athlete Development Centre. Users referred to Hydroworx pools typically complement their land workouts with underwater treadmill technology that allows them to do their exercises at 20 per cent of their body weight.
SportMedBC is a Premier Founding Partner of Fortius Sport & Health, the Fortius Institute and the Fortius Athlete Development Centre. It serves the full continuum of British Columbians, spanning those oriented towards all levels of activity, from Recreation to Fitness to Performance. The professional not-for-profit society represents the network of more than 580 sport medical and paramedical practitioners residing or operating in British Columbia. It strives to help build a comprehensive, highly-integrated sport medicine network and knowledge base serving active Canadians with professionalism, innovation and responsiveness. Its mission is to promote Sport Health on the strength of the Best People, Best Practices and Best Programs in Sport Medicine, Sport Science and Sport Training.
Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence
Among the Premier Founding Partners of the Fortius Athlete Development Centre is the Roman Tulis European Soccer School of Excellence. The Tulis School aims to not only develop high quality soccer players but to develop high quality people. The soccer school, recognized as one of the foremost of its kind in Western Canada, strives to build character and instill positive values in players through hard work, responsibility, and mutual respect.
With more than 475 stores in nine provinces, Pharmasave is one of Canada’s leading independent pharmacy and drugstore retailers. Since being founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of community-based retail outlets designed to provide customers with exceptional service, products and advice. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, which ensures both programs and services tailored to the needs of customers. The Pharmasave at Fortius specializes in products and services for active living people and athletes, but will offer the full gamut of pharmacological products and services that has made it one of Canada’s leading pharmacies. For more information please visit their website http://www.pharmasavesport.com/.
Strategic Retail and Service Partners
FitFirst Footwear: FitFirst Footwear is brought to you by the same people who have made LadySport a Vancouver success story since 1983. FitFirst will provide active people with a complete selection of more than 200 models of athletic shoes and specialized sports clothing and wear. Like LadySport, FitFirst will emphasize the importance of proper fitting, which will be done by specialized and knowledgeable staff based at its Fortius location. SportMed: SportMed Retail Group is very excited to announce their newest retail location in the Fortius Sport & Health Complex. SportMed carries a wide range of products from the world's leading manufacturers, including Sport & Occupational Braces & Supports, Rehab & Exercise Products, Compression Therapy and Athletic Taping Supplies provided in a comfortable, professional environment. SportMed's well-trained staff are university graduates that offer empathetic, solution-focused customer service enabling us to provide a high level of customer satisfaction.