April 25, 2014, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The roster of the Victoria HarbourCats is comprised of elite student-athletes who are at the top of the college baseball world – and the HarbourCats have devised a training and treatment team that is second to none for the 2014 season.
“We take very seriously the needs of our players, in every aspect of their time with the HarbourCats,” said General Manager Jim Swanson. “The medical, therapy and training plan starts with having a team doctor in place, having outstanding athletic therapists assisting the players and coaching staff, and providing them with all they will need to stay healthy and accelerate their development within the game. The team we have in place gives the HarbourCats a gold-standard medical and training platform, that will serve our players, and ultimately allow our fans to see the players at their best.”
The new HarbourCats Athletic Therapist is Curtis Hawkins, and he will work with an experienced sports medicine physician when required. In addition, Hawkins has led a plan that includes four students from the Camosun athletic therapy program, who will help at all home games at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. One of the students will be assigned to assist the visiting teams and the umpires, should any medical or training issues arise with local knowledge required to resolve a problem. Rachelle O’Brien, Kendra Brown, Peter Schreurs and Tanner McGaw will be working with Hawkins to make sure players get the best pre-game and on-field treatment possible.
In the winter months, Hawkins is the Athletic Therapist for the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The native of Grand Forks, a former baseball player in his own right, is a Camosun graduate who worked with the WHL’s Victoria Royals while earning his degree.
“I am very excited to be working with the HarbourCats and in what is my favourite sport,” said Hawkins. “I am happy to get the opportunity to work in Victoria and to represent the Camosun program. To be able to work knowing that I have strong medical backup, and to include the outstanding Camosun students who were selected for our staff, will be a pleasure. The Head Coach of the HarbourCats, Bob Miller, has a tremendous reputation and I am impressed with the level of player that is committing to playing baseball in Victoria this summer. It is both an honour and a big responsibility.”
“These are elite athletes who are playing the game at a level that has them on the cusp of earning a professional contract, and they are doing things that are very taxing on even the most finely-conditioned body,” said Swanson.
“Throwing a baseball 90-plus miles per hour, catching an entire game, or hitting a ball with authority require an athlete to be healthy and they will be able to focus on their tasks knowing they will be looked after to the highest standard. These are specialized skills that stress muscle groups beyond what they are supposed to be able to do. We want the star players we have attracted to be able to perform, for the progression of their careers and for our fans.”