Name: Eric Arseneau B.Sc., Kin., M.Sc.
Joined Sportmed: 2013
- Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (M.Sc.), Université de Montreal (2011)
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (B.Sc., Kin.), Université de Moncton (2004)/Université de Montreal (2007)
- National Coaching Certification Program, Level A, B, 3 (multi-sport)
- “Make Ethical Decisions”, Coaching Association of Canada
- Boxing Canada Certified Level 3 Coach
- Competition Introduction (Olympic Weightlifting) In Training, National Coaching Certification Program
- Certified Member of the New Brunswick Kinesiology Association
- Safe Patient Handling and Movement – Ambulance technician/paramedic; Urgences-Santé Quebec
- “First aid, Heartsaver (CPR), Automated External Defibrillation” Level A Heart & Stroke Foundation of Quebec
- Classification of lumbagos
- Cognitive and Mental Health: Brain at Practice, Energy and Anxiety Management
- Dynamics of University Teaching: Training of Teaching Assistants; University of Montreal
- Certified Personal Trainer (Level 1); Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness & Lifestyle Approach, University of Montreal
- Functional Movement Screen, Level 1 and Level 2
- Emergency Medical Responder CPR/AED – HCP Canadian Red Cross
- Level 1&2 Firefighter and HazMat Awarness & Operations, Fire Science/Fire-fighting
- Silver trophy: Innovation in Health and Safety at Work 2011 (CSST), Paramedics Specific Weight Lifting Techniques, U of Montreal
What the Sportmed team says about Eric
- “Eric has the ability to talk to a stranger and have the type of conversation that would make you think you’ve been friends for years.”
- “One word: methodical.”
- “Very organized and loves to talk strategy.”
- “Professional, enthusiastic”
- “Takes his work incredibly seriously. Puts his every effort into each client. Personally wants their success.”
- “Knows his stuff!! The first conversation you have with him you know you can trust him with your rehabilitation. He’s on top of things and genuinely wants you to achieve your goal.”
- “Great person to talk to and very knowledgeable. He’s really focussed and takes his job seriously at the same time he’ll be the first to joke around with you and make you feel like you belong.”
- “The philosopher of the clinic, he always has an explanation or a story that will answer our questions.”
Interview with Eric
Wow, you’ve taken a lot of courses outside of your degrees.
“Yes, learning is one of my passions and it’s important to me to keep up to date in the field of kinesiology and related areas.”
How do you choose the courses you take?
“It depends. Sometimes it’s a personal interest or it’s work related and sometimes someone – a colleague or employer – recommended it.”
You’ve taken on another big challenge…
“In 2014 I became a Volunteer firefighter for the Dieppe Fire Department. Once I obtained my Level 1&2 Firefighter and HazMat Awarness & Operations, Fire Science/Fire-fighting I became a Casual Firefighter.”
I see that you’ve taken a number of paramedic courses. Are you a paramedic?
“No, but I worked for several years in pre/rehabilitation with clients including paramedics who regularly use safe patient handling and movement principles. To better understand and serve them, I got involved in learning about the various aspects that were related to their work dynamics. These courses were invaluable in my work with people rehabilitating from serious injuries.”
Which leads me to your work. What do you do as Sportmed’sKinesiologist?
“A Kinesiologist is a health professional who specializes in human movement for prevention, treatment, and performance. Physical exercise is my work tool. I do physical assessments, develop and oversee the execution of exercise plans and do follow-up evaluations.”
Do you oversee everyone’s exercise plans?
“That’s up to the client. The client decides if they want to work with me one-on-one or to execute the plan on their own.”
Do you have a typical client?
“No. I work with high-performance athletes, people recovering from injury or surgery, and people who simply want to improve their overall health. The common denominator is that the people I work with want to better their physical and mental well-being.”
Anyone can have access to me. They book their appointment by calling Sportmed’s office manager at (506) 858-4442, or by walk-in at CEPS. I do referrals from other health professionals, but a referral isn’t required.”
Why did you get into this line of work?
“The field of health and exercise has always been my passion. Kinesiology combines both and allows me to enjoy myself at work while helping people improve their mental and physical health, and their performance.”
How does Sportmed’s affiliation with Université de Moncton impact your job?
“It gives my job a much broader scope. In addition to my work with clients, I help prepare U de M’s Aigles Bleu(e)s athletes for competition, I mentor interns from their Kinesiology department and I manage the CEPS exercise rooms.”
Describe your ideal client
“A communicative and understanding client who seeks improvement and is willing to apply the proper actions to achieve it. The will to succeed, without the will to prepare properly, is insufficient.”
What are your favorite sports and sports teams?
I like many sports and I’ve experienced a wide variety of them. I tend to focus my professional interest towards the sports and athletes that I work with, with the objective of improving and competing…I have worked with elite athletes in combat sports, football, hockey, soccer, volleyball, etc.I was the physical conditioning coach & assistant boxing coach at Club de boxe champions de Montreal, where I helped develop several provincial, national and international level boxers. Now I continue to practice kinesiology especially with the Aigles Bleu(e)s teams…