A healthy part­ner­ship

On-site ther­apy clinic at Dal­housie Agri­cul­tural Col­lege a ma­jor ben­e­fit to ath­letes

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Ath­letes at Dal­housie Agri­cul­tural Cam­pus are be­ing kept in tip-top con­di­tion thanks to a new agree­ment between its ath­let­ics depart­ment and Legge Health Clinic.

The clinic, which has op­er­ated in Truro for the past 16 years, has opened a satel­lite sports ther­apy clinic at the Langille Ath­letic Cen­tre and has been work­ing with the col­lege’s ath­letes since Septem­ber in an ef­fort to keep the in­jury bug away.

“We are thrilled to have them on site,” Judy Smith, the cam­pus ath­letic di­rec­tor, said. “It’s al­ready proven to be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the ser­vices avail­able through ath­let­ics. With the team of Drs. Linda and Murdo Fer­gu­son, sports medicine spe­cial­ists and cer­ti­fied ath­letic ther­a­pist Ni­cole John­ston al­ready in place, the Legge Clinic has com­pleted the loop for the as­sess­ment and treat­ment of ath­letes, pre- and post-in­jury.”

Pa­trick Legge, the head ther­a­pist and owner of the clinic, has been work­ing with NSAC and Dal AC for the past 20 years for events such as na­tional and con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships, as well as other ath­letic matchups.

The prospect of open­ing an on­site clinic came up in con­ver­sa­tion between Legge and Smith and both sides jumped at the chance to fur­ther their part­ner­ship. Since open­ing, the clinic has ex­panded its ser­vices to the rest of the stu­dents and staff on cam­pus, as well as the gen­eral pub­lic.

“I was ex­cited to part­ner with him in the ven­ture,” Smith said of Legge. “The ath­letes have ben­e­fit­ted tremen­dously from the ex­per­tise and treat­ments avail­able so con­ve­niently on cam­pus.”

The pair met at the be­gin­ning of the school year and mapped out what type of ser­vices each team would need, and when, to help Legge and his staff tai­lor their ap­proach for each ros­ter.

“If we can de­ter­mine that there’s a flex­i­bil­ity is­sue, for ex­am­ple, in an ath­lete, then we can get started work­ing on that with them be­fore an in­jury hap­pens,” Legge said.

It also al­lows ath­letes to be seen al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter an in­jury. For a cam­pus whose teams aren’t typ­i­cally blessed with many op­tions from the bench, keep­ing play­ers avail­able for ac­tion is a huge ad­van­tage.

Legge car­ries an im­pres­sive re­sume in ath­letic ther­apy, hav­ing worked with ath­letes at the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games in Van­cou­ver. He’s also worked with other elite ath­letes from all over the world in sev­eral sports.

TRURO NEWS

Truro’s Legge Health Clinic is help­ing Dal AC Rams ath­letes stay at their phys­i­cal best af­ter open­ing a satel­lite clinic at the Bi­ble Hill cam­pus. Mem­bers of their team are, first row, from left, Dr. Stephanie Mil­lett, Jill Legge and Sa­van­nah Cameron; sec­ond row, Shane Richer, Dr. Michael Mc­coul and Pa­trick Legge.

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