Carlo Di Nardo has been practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist in Vaughan since 2008. Carlo graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy, in the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto in 1998. Since then, he has spent the past 21 years practicing physical therapy in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. Carlo has excelled in his studies, constantly seeking advanced skills and training in manual therapy, soft tissue treatment, core stability, movement analysis, and strength and conditioning. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with professional, amateur and recreational athletes in the sports of soccer, hockey, baseball, running, triathlon, martial arts, dance, squash, football and rowing.
Prior to 2008, Carlo Di Nardo was Director of Physiotherapy, Clinic Director and part-owner of four Sports Medicine Centres in the Toronto area. He was involved with program development, direct patient care, on-field medical event coverage, physiotherapy staff mentorship and training. In January 2008, Carlo pursued a new venture to create a sports medicine facility committed to a more advanced level of treatment, based on a more current concept and stream of elite level care. In 2008, he founded Kick Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Inc.
Through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Carlo has undergone extensive training in hands-on manual therapy treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremities, lower extremities, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He has a keen interest in pelvic dysfunction and leg length differences. He has achieved accreditation in Active Release Techniques® and Graston Technique® – effective treatment tools used to break down scar tissue, promote tissue flexibility and release associated nerve entrapments. He continued his orthopedic training through the Mulligan Concept, a series of mobilization techniques used to increase range of motion and enhance joint lubrication. As an adjunct to manual therapy, Carlo attended McMaster University to become certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, which he has been practicing for the past 8 years. He also takes pride in his position as a Clinical Tutor for the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy.
As an orthotist, Carlo is fully trained in custom orthotic fitting. He has a strong interest in fitting orthotics for runners and athletes in different sports such as hockey, golf, soccer and baseball. Carlo has become very proficient in assessing foot biomechanics and determining different treatment strategies to help clients retrain their lower leg, foot and ankle. Your foot assessment will always be complemented with individualized gait video analysis.
Carlo Di Nardo is currently a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Gary Gray Institute in Michigan, USA. The Gray Institute is currently leading the field of strength and conditioning through its concepts in functional retraining, sport specific training, core stability and movement awareness. Carlo has undergone formal training in upper and lower extremity muscle imbalances and has also gained a Mat Pilates Certification through the STOTT Pilates® Group. He enjoys motion analysis and has become FITforeGOLF™ Certified – a program committed to golf conditioning and biomechanical stroke assessment. Carlo has taken this analysis one step further by incorporating Dartfish Video Analysis into his practice. This has become very exciting as incredible movement detail can now be captured digitally, something quite impossible for the naked eye. Carlo has brought Dartfish into the clinical setting as a teaching and evaluation tool for thorough assessment of athletic postures, motions and normal movements, such as running, squatting and walking.
Most recently, Carlo was the Head Physiotherapist and Director of Medical with the York9 Football Club (currently know as York United FC) in the Canadian Premier League. He has worked directly on-field with various organizations including the Vaughan Soccer Club, North York Hearts-Azzurri Soccer Club and the York Simcoe Express AAA Hockey Club. Carlo has also worked closely with the Hill Academy as their Physiotherapist, both on-site and off-site. In addition, he is also looking after the development of the Vaughan Soccer OPDL Program through team training and injury prevention strategies and education. Carlo is currently the Physiotherapist with the U20 Mens Canadian National Soccer Team and formerly Head of Medical for the Toronto FC Academy. In June 2011, Carlo travelled with the U17 Mens Canadian National Soccer Team to Mexico for the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup. He also most recently travelled to Panama in April 2013 for CONCACAF Championships, and to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 2013 U17 FIFA World Cup.