Toronto Titans & Toronto Wolverines Wellness Program
The Wellness Program was developed and implemented with the Toronto Titans by Dr. Jonathan Ross and Eric Cella in 2014. The program was developed to ensure every team within the organization has a certified and qualified trainer on their bench to optimize player safety. Each trainer has qualifications beyond the standard first aid and have completed training as an Emergency First Responder. They have experience with athletic taping along with concussion return to play protocol through Holland-Bloorview. Trainers are responsible for managing any injuries or medical emergencies that arise and make the appropriate referrals when required. They facilitate open communication between players, parents, coaches and medical providers to ensure all injuries are being managed appropriately and players are returning to play in a safe and timely manner. They also facilitate a guided warm up prior to each game to reduce the risk of injury. The program has expanded to include the Toronto Wolverines and is now managed by Dr. Thea Zacharia who has been with the organization in this position for the past three years.
Wellness Program Managers
Dr. Thea Zacharia
BPHE (Hons) Health Promotion, DC
- Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider
Dr. Thea’s participation in various sports, her passion for the human body and appreciation for patient-focused care influenced her journey to become a chiropractor. She graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education specializing in Health Promotion. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She is the owner and head chiropractor of Body Science Chiropractic and Rehabilitation located in Vaughan. Dr. Thea uses a functional, evidence-based approach to assess neuromusculoskeletal systems. She employs a variety of techniques such as spinal and extremity manipulative therapy and mobilizations, contemporary medical acupuncture, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitative exercise and education to accelerate recovery, restore function, and reduce the risk of injury. Her aim is to promote health with individualized care. Since 2011, her professional experience comes from working with athletes in the CIS, NCAA, Toronto Rugby Union, Rugby Ontario, Rugby Nova Scotia, GTHL, OJHL, NHL, European Professional Leagues, League 1 Ontario, JUEL of Ontario, and Special Olympics Canada.