Frustrated by a knee injury that wouldn’t heal despite countless treatments from a variety of care providers, Dr. Richard Robinson (Kinesiology '93) was referred to a chiropractor. The chiropractic care healed his knee and inspired him to become a chiropractic doctor himself. With that goal in mind, Robinson changed gears from studying sports journalism and transferred to the University of Waterloo. "I was attracted to Waterloo's Kinesiology program because of its renowned reputation and leading biomechanics researchers," he recalled.
Dr. Robinson made the most of his experience and remained highly motivated to reach his goal throughout his time at Waterloo. "I focused on courses, personal contacts, and extracurricular activities that could add to the goal of being a sports chiropractor," he explains. He also took advantage of student leadership opportunities by acting as a Don in residence, and working as a care attendant for persons with disabilities.
The hard work ultimately paid off and Dr. Robinson gained admission into a chiropractic program. He found the transition seamless, thanks largely to the strong academic background he gained during his time at Waterloo. “So much of what I studied in Kinesiology, like anatomy and physiology, prepared me so well that it was practically a review for me at professional school,” he states.
He is now busy helping many of our country’s top amateur athletes compete at their best. As a member of the Health and Sciences Team of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Olympic Games, as well as an Integrated Support Team member for Speed Skating Canada and the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team, Dr. Robinson plays a pivotal role behind the scenes with many of Canada’s leading athletes.
"I work with our athletes to help treat their injuries, decrease their chances of sustaining injuries, and help enhance their performance from a physical/biomechanical perspective. Ultimately, I seek to remove barriers to their success, and I take a lot of pride in that." Outside of his work with our national athletes, Robinson is the Director of Chiropractic Services for LifeMark Health, a leading provider of integrated medical and rehabilitation services in Canada. Whether at the Olympics or in the clinics, helping people is what drives him, and makes it easy to go to work each day.