A healthy partnership
On-site therapy clinic at Dalhousie Agricultural College a major benefit to athletes
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’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.