Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Delegation – Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Dr. Alban Merepeza was part of Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic delegation in the function of team physiotherapist.

Dr. Merepeza is pictured here with Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Team javelin star Keshorn Walcott.

Find out more about Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic delegation in the article below:

Andre De Grasse, Athletes, Local Event, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse visits Cobourg

On Monday, June 28, 2021 Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse visited Cobourg before heading to the Tokyo Olympic Games. While in Cobourg he met with Dr. Alban Merepeza, his Sports Chiropractor.

“It’s always good to come back home, get a little workout in and see Alban, my chiropractor,” De Grasse told Northumberland News.

Check out the full article from Northumberland News.

Andre De Grasse, Athletes, Dr. Alban Merepeza, Keshorn Walcott, Khamica Bingham

Port Hope Chiropractor works with Olympians like De Grasse, Bingham & Walcott

Cobourg Now Community News and Magazine has published an article about Dr. Alban Merepeza’s work with Olympians like De Grasse, Bingham & Walcott.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Merepeza, who’s had his practice in Port Hope for over 15 years, obtained an Honours Bachelor Degree in psychology from Trent University before graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto where he earned distinct clinical excellence. He went on to complete the International Chiropractic Sports Sciences program and about three years ago earned a Masters of Science Degree through McMaster University’s Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences program. He would like to complete a PhD degree in the future as well.

Canadian Olympic sprinter Khamica Bingham is just one of the athletes grateful to work with Merepeza.

Bingham competed in the women’s 100 metres and 4×100 metre relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The Brampton runner is currently training in Louisiana with hopes of competing in Tokyo.

Injuries happen and the past few years have been challenging for Bingham, but that’s where Merepeza comes in.

“When I started seeing Alban, he has been a key component in helping me to stay healthy, helping me to understand why the injury has happened and how to prevent it,” Bingham said. “I’ve been seeing him since 2017 and I’ve been really, really grateful for him. He is my go-to guy and I remember in 2018 I was dealing with my Achilles injury and this is when I’ve already left for Louisiana so there was a bit of distance, but I would still come home and see him regularly for treatment and he brought me to the track in Cobourg. That was just for him to be able to see how my running (was) and if there was anything that could be contributing to the injury or preventing it from not happening again.”

Bingham has been able to compete in the United States as she prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.

“He’s been really helping me to stay healthy and I owe a lot to him that I’ve been able to stay healthy this season,” Bingham said of Merepeza. “Having the guidance of Alban has really been helping me to get my body intact and back to where it used to be.”

To read the full article please click the link below:

Athletes, Dr. Alban Merepeza, Khamica Bingham

Canadian Olympic sprinter Khamica Bingham.

JG Sports Media’s latest interview guest was the Canadian Olympic sprinter Khamica Bingham.

Among other things she talked about her gymnastics background, her love for track, working with Port Hope chiropractor Dr. Alban Merepeza and visiting Cobourg.

Below is a clip of her video interview with JG Sports Media.

To view the full interview please visit the link below:

International Sports Events, News

Olympic series interview with Dr. Alban Merepeza

Day 9 of my Olympic audio interview series features a Port Hope chiropractor who has worked at six Olympic Games…Dr. Alban Merepeza.

In this interview, our discussion includes the athletes Dr. Merepeza has worked with, including track star Andre de Grasse, and the Games he has worked at – Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018.

Listen to the interview here.

NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one. Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.

I love the Olympics and this series will run from July 24 until Aug. 9. This is the time the Games would have been on before they got postponed until 2021.

You can follow JG Sports Media on Facebook @JGSportsMedia and Twitter @JG_SportsMedia.

Ana Padurariu
International Sports Events, News

Canadian National Team Gymnast Ana Padurariu Wins Silver Medal

Canadian National Team Gymnast Ana Padurariu Wins Silver Medal

Congratulations to Ana Padurariu on wining the silver medals at the 2018 Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar!!

Ana PadurariuOur physiotherapist Sandor Jakab and Dr. Alban Merepeza are very proud to work with the Canadian National Team gymnast, Ana Padurariu. She is an immensely talented athlete who at the age of 16 on her first World Championships won a silver medal. It was quite an exciting event on the beam where Ana edged out the multiple World and Olympic champion, the American superstar, Simone Biles.

Please read this story and watch this video to see Ana deservingly win the silver medal.

Congratulations to Ana and her coach… we are all thrilled for your accomplishment and will continue to support you on your future quest for more medals!

Dr Alban Merepeza
Chiropractic, International Sports Events, News

Dr Merepeza Keynote Speaker At The Canadian National Chiropractic Convention

Dr Merepeza Keynote Speaker At The Canadian National Chiropractic Convention

Dr. Alban Merepeza and Andre De Grasse
Dr. Alban Merepeza and Andre De Grasse at the Canadian National Chiropractic Convention in April 2018, in Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Alban Merepeza was invited as a keynote speaker to present in two separate panels at the Canadian National Chiropractic Convention in April 2018, in Calgary, Alberta. It was an honour for him to be recognized by the Canadian Chiropractic Association for his work in various multidisciplinary sport teams over the years and for having developed Port Hope Health Centre as one of the largest multidisciplinary clinical teams in a private setting. He was happy to share the stage with four other colleagues, three chiropractors and an MD. He strongly believes that chiropractic profession should integrate within the health care system in Canada as this will undoubtedly benefit the Canadian population and ensure a bright future for the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Merepeza had the distinct pleasure to be the keynote speaker with his friend, the great Canadian sprinter, Andre De Grasse. He enjoyed being on stage for the closing day as the last act of the convention with Andre talking about their experiences of working together.

A wonderful experience overall and he was enlightened by the information shared by the other panelists during the convention.

Andre De Grasse, Athletes, Dr. Alban Merepeza

Port Hope chiropractor helps athletes from far and wide such as Olympic champion Andre De Grasse

Dr. Alban Merepeza’s work with athletes has been featured in an article by the Northumberland News.

” A Port Hope sports chiropractor is putting the municipality on the map when it comes to providing specialized services for athletes from far and wide.

Read the full article here:

Phylicia George and Dr Alban Merepeza
International Sports Events

Olympic Games at Pyeonchang 2018

Olympic Games at Pyeonchang 2018

Dr. Merepeza attended his 6th Olympic Games at Pyeonchang 2018 in South Korea. He was once again working with the Albanian Olympic Team but this time as their Chief Medical Officer. It was wonderful to be working with the Albanian Olympic Team and help the athletes achieve their Olympic dreams and aspiration.

The Games were very well organised and Dr. Merepeza thoroughly enjoyed the Korean culture and all it had to offer. Although he was working with the Albanian Olympic Team he enjoyed hanging out with some of the Canadian athletes and coaches which he has previously worked with. He was very happy to see Canadian sprint star, his friend, Phylicia George (who competed at Rio Summer Olympics but decided to try the Winter Olympics) in the sport of Bobsleighing. She and her Bobsled teammate Kaillie Humphrey won bronze and Dr. Merepeza was there to cheer her on.

Dr. Andrew Fagan Article

Little league elbow a common problem for young pitchers

Little league elbow is an overuse injury linked with throwing sports such as baseball.

The problem can occur in any baseball player, but is most common in young pitchers.

The cause of the injury is a result of repetitive stress to the inside of the elbow, at the growth plate of the bone, while throwing. During the throwing cycle, there is a great amount of stress generated during the acceleration phase, which translates to the structures on the inside of the elbow.

While athletes are going through growth and development, their bones are more likely to be injured at this growth plate than the surrounding muscles or ligaments attaching to it. Once the growth plates fuse later in life, pitchers are more likely to injure the ligaments and tendons of the elbow.

Little leaguers will usually begin to feel an occasional, painful, distinct pop or click on the inside of the elbow that starts without a specific injury.

Over time, swelling, aching and sharp pains can be felt. At first, symptoms will only be felt with pitching. However, as symptoms progress, any throwing motion may cause pain.

The most common age group to experience this problem is between eight and 15 years. The primary cause of the problem is a high volume of throwing.

Studies have shown there is a direct link between pitch count and elbow pain felt by athletes. Minor leagues have rules about the number of pitches young people should throw in a game.

It is important that a coach or parent count the number of throws by the athlete. Pitches that seem to create the most amount of strain on the elbow are curveballs and sliders. These options are not recommended to pitchers until ages 14 and 16, respectively.

It is important for young athletes to consult with a manual health professional if they are feeling inner elbow symptoms with throwing. Basic treatment includes a period of complete rest from throwing. Length of time depends on the severity of the problem.

 After a progressive rehabilitation of both range of motion and strength, a return-to-pitching program is the best course of action for return to play.

Dr. Andrew Fagan is a licensed chiropractor, kinesiologist and clinical acupuncture provider. You can reach him at or 905-885-5111