Our Mission

To support the recovery of student athletes with injuries and mental illness and improve the quality of life of student athletes, by providing financial assistance and ensuring that they receive quality rehabilitative treatment.

WE ACHIEVE OUR MISSION BY

Offering financial relief to athletes without insurance, providing quick and easy access with limited wait times for health services and connecting athletes to specialized injury management and mental health experts.

MEET THE TEAM

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Andrew Latty 

CO-FOUNDER

Former varsity athlete and captain of the mens soccer program at Carleton University, Andrew has seen the effects that mental health disorders have on teams and individuals alike. With these affected athletes in mind, Andrew and a few friends have created the organization Bench the Barriers to bring mental health awareness Canadian student athletes and letting everyone know that the impact is much BIGGER THAN SPORTS.

 

 

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Dr. Taryn Taylor

CO-FOUNDER

Dr. Taylor graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Sports Medicine from the University of Western Ontario. She then completed her residency in family medicine in 2004 in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She currently practices in Ottawa at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the Med-Team Walk-in Clinic, and she assists Dr. Andrew Marshall (Orthopaedic Surgeon) in the operating room at the “Hôpital Montfort”.

Dr. Taylor is an associate professor and clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and runs a Musculoskeletal Teaching Clinic for the family medicine residents at the Primrose Family Medicine Clinic. She is also actively involved as a tutor and member of the faculty for the fellowship program PGY3 in sports medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Taylor has a special interest in research and is currently an advisor in research projects for the residents at Bruyère Family Medicine Centre. She is also an affiliated researcher with the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Unit at the “Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort”. She is working on a research project which aims to identify whether physical exercise is one of the best ways to cure type 2 diabetes.

Research Interests

  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Concussion
  • Metabolism

 

Dr. Lindsay Bradley

 CO-FOUNDER

Dr. Bradley is a primary care sport medicine physician at the Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University and finished medical school and a residency program in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  She completed fellowship training in Sport and Exercise Medicine and received the CASEM diploma in Sport Medicine. She is the team physician for the Carleton University Varsity Women’s Rugby and Basketball teams and has worked as team physician for the National Sledge hockey team and the Ottawa Fury.

Dr. Bradley has covered many local, provincial, national and international sporting competitions. She is currently Secretary / Treasurer of the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on Sport and Exercise Medicine and chair of the communications committee of CASEM. 

Dr. Bradley is interested in teaching and research and is involved in both of these endeavours as a member of the faculty at the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Department. Dr. Bradley has an interest in social media and is involved in website development and social media at the Carleton Sport Medicine Clinic, the OMA Sport Med Section and CASEM. She also has a particular interest in the mental health of athletes at the varsity and National level.