Head of sports medicine and science - Rick Celebrini
Birthplace: Burnaby, British Columbia
Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Years with Whitecaps FC: 2011, 2012
On February 23, 2012, Dr. Rick Celebrini was named Whitecaps FC head of sports medicine and science. In his role, he oversees the Whitecaps FC sports medicine and science team.
Celebrini originally joined Whitecaps FC as physiotherapist consultant on July 1, 2011. Since concluding his playing career in professional soccer, Celebrini has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sports and orthopaedic physical therapist in the province of British Columbia after graduating with a degree in physical therapy education from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1992. In 2011, he received his PhD in rehabilitation services from the faculty of medicine at UBC.
An accomplished physician, Celebrini is co- founder and partner in the MultiSport Centre of Excellence, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012. As a therapist and consultant, Celebrini has worked with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Canadian Soccer Association, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and the NHL Players Association. He has also served as the sport science director for BC Soccer and is the co-founder of the Athletic Movement Retraining and Conditioning program (AMRC).
In 2010, Celebrini occupied the prestigious role of chief physical therapist at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and was the manager of medical services for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). He recently completed his doctorate (PhD) in Rehabilitation Sciences
Celebrini’s professional soccer career included four seasons as a defender for Whitecaps FC from 1992 to 1995, including the last two as captain, when the club was then known as Vancouver 86ers. He also played two seasons with Edmonton Brick Men of the Canadian Soccer League and represented Canada during the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile. Celebrini also played Canadian college and university soccer with Capilano University and UBC.