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Agnes Makowski – sport physiotherapy mentor and icon of the profession
  1. Miriam Lewis1,
  2. Christopher Napier2
  1. 1 Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Napier, Department of Physical Therapy, The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, BC, Canada; chris.napier{at}

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From athlete to sport physiotherapy mentor

In sport, the spotlight often shines brightest on athletes, coaches and ‘results’, with support staff mostly remaining out of sight and out of mind. As a young multisport athlete, Agnes Makowski’s first real glimpse into the world of physiotherapy came when she sought out treatment for an injured ankle. The visit helped her return to play and sparked her interest in the field. In 1995, she obtained her degree in physiotherapy from the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters inOrthopaedicRehabilitationSciences, (Western University, Ontario), and a Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) certificate and diploma in sport physiotherapy.

As a sport physiotherapist, Agnes (figure 1) has worked with a variety of sports and athlete populations. She currently holds the role of Chief Physiotherapy Advisor with Skate Canada and has been a member of many integrated support teams (ISTs), including Skate Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Gymnastics Canada. Working with technical coaches, mental health professionals, strength and conditioning coaches, physiologists, dieticians, and others, Agnes has learnt that forming partnerships within the sport community is crucial to the success of the profession.

Figure 1

Agnes Makowski.

Prioritising care for underserved athletes

Agnes has worked with a diversity of athletes and sports, including figure skating and rhythmic gymnastics—sports that blend athleticism with artistry—and parasports …

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