Karam Al-Hamdani, BSc 08, head athletic therapist
Originally from Abu Dhabi, Karam Al-Hamdani arrived in Montreal at age 15, following the Gulf War. An avid sportsman, he has known rehab routines and physical therapists throughout his life, having dislocated a shoulder 15 times.
Now head athletic therapist for CF Montreal, Al-Hamdani says, “It’s about having the ability to work with athletes from A to Z. I love being able to actively participate in our athletes’ rehab and return-to-play programs. Where else can you say you passed the ball around with CF Montreal’s Didier Drogba or Victor Wanyama in a workday?”
It’s what happens behind the scenes that has always interested Al-Hamdani most. When an injury occurs, he springs into action, deciphering the footage of the play to create an effective care plan.
Crediting the combination of his Concordia exercise science studies and pure tenacity for his career success, Al-Hamdani first worked as a strength and conditioning coach and a head trainer before joining CF Montreal as part of a multidisciplinary sports medicine department.
Crediting past professors like athletic therapy laboratory instructor David Jones and athletic trainer Jean-Baptiste Laporte, BSc 06, alongside grads like Dave Campbell, BSc 78, and former Montreal Canadiens assistant athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine, BSc 08, for shaping who he is today, Al-Hamdani is now in the thick of the industry himself, working collaboratively with physicians, athletic therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists and interns.
“My mission is to advocate and ensure that the best medical practices are implemented to put our athletes in the best position to succeed,” he says.