David Swagar is the Clinical Director at MOST Physical Preparation.
David comes from a high-level athletic background. David was a 4 year starter and 3 year
Defensive Captain with one of the nation’s top varsity football teams, the University of Calgary
Dinos. He has more than fifteen years experience working with sports injuries as a manual therapist.
David has treated a wide variety of conditions including: Back pain, motor vehicle accident
injuries, rehabilitation, sports-related sprains and strains as well as chronic conditions; his
clinical work. His patient base is wide and diverse: From professional athletes to weekend
warriors. David is a certified NCCP level 2 Coach, CrossFit Level 2 coach and a graduate of
the Muay Thai Institute. David has a passion for Football, Weightlifting and Martial Arts.
Education & Certifications:
David completed his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2001 and graduated from the Collége D’Études Osteopathiques in 2016. His osteopathic thesis explored the Effect of Osteopathic Manual Therapy on Functional Movement Screen scores in a CrossFit Population.He is able to apply a diverse range of complementary clinical and manual treatments.
His professional training includes:
Active Release Techniques
Low intensity laser therapy
National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist
Selective Functional Movement Assessment
David’s employs a very patient centred approach. He understands that some patients require longer therapy sessions that focus on the entire body as a functional unit, with closely supervised corrective exercise, and long-term health and fitness strategies that align with their lifestyle goals. As such, David is able to offer sessions ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour in length. Appointment time will be dictated by patient condition and goals.
David has completed a 5 year program of Osteopathic Manual Therapy Study and successfully defended a thesis examining the Effect of Global Osteopathic Manual Therapy on Functional Movement Screen Scores in a CrossFit Population. Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a field of study where the body is evaluated and treated as an entire functional unit. Treatment is administered not only to the area of complaint but also to the areas of the body which may be causing compensation and leading to or furthering the injury. By identifying and addressing mechanical problems, not only at the site of pain but throughout the entire structure, you can remove these compensations, correcting the root cause of the problem and reducing chance of reoccurrence and further injury.