Trigger Point Master Trainer

Mental Health First Aid Instructor

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Nick is a Professor and 1st Year Coordinator for the Health, Wellness and Fitness program at Mohawk College in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. In addition to his role as a Professor, Nick is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the Canadian Mental Health Association and a Mental Health Advocate. Nick is a Keynote Speaker working to break down the stigma associated with mental illness in the world.

Approximately 42% of Canadians state that they are unsure whether they would enter a social relationship with someone who has a mental illness and 27% say they would be fearful of being around someone who suffers from serious mental illness. This is a small example of the stigma that exists in the world today. 

​Since I turned 30 years old my life has not been the same. When I tell people this, they often respond as everyone does because we know that 30 is a milestone age! However, when I turned 30, my life changed for different reasons. My eyes were opened to the fact that I have experienced severe depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. A lot of things began to make sense to me and since that day, I have begun my recovery. Part of my recovery involves helping others and speaking to people about mental illness to raise awareness and breakdown the stigma. 

Vandenbrink, DN. Petrella, NJ. MacLennan, DP. (2013) Metabolic Responses During and Following Intermittent Functional Exercise. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab;

Petrella, NJ. McKay, BR. Gurd, BJ. Paterson, DH. Kowalchuk, JM. (2007) Breath by breath VO2 analysis and assessment of repeated bouts of sprint intervals compared to repeated bouts of wingate anaerobic tests. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab; 32, S1.
Petrella, NJ. Montelpare, WJ. Nystrom, M. Plyley, M. Faught, BE. (2005). Development of an ice skating protocol to predict maximal oxygen uptake in hockey players. Can J App Physiol; 30, S21.

Petrella, NJ.  Montelpare, WJ. Nystrom, M. Plyley, M. Faught, BE. (2005). Assessment of the reliability of the FAST using a test-retest design and the intra-class correlation coefficient. Can J App Physiol; 30, S24.

Petrella, NJ. Montelpare, WJ. Nystrom, M. Plyley, M. Faught, BE. (2007) Validation of the FAST ice skating protocol to predict aerobic power in ice hockey players. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab; 32, pp 693.

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Banach AM, Peralta-Huertas J, Livingstone K, Petrella N, Klentrou P, Faught B, Wade T, O'Leary D. (2010) Arterial distensibility is reduced in overweight pre- and early pubescent children. Eur J Pediatr; 169(6), pp 695.

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