Student Athlete Information
Athletic Therapy Clinic
The SMU Athletic Therapy Clinic is located in The Homburg Health and Wellness Centre, SMU’s Fitness Complex, at 920 Tower Road. Two Certified Athletic Therapists are employed to provide side-line care and clinical assessment and rehabilitation for the SMU Student Varsity Athletes.
The Scope of Practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist includes the prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, and adapting to the activity environment and facilities. They are members of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (www.athletictherapy.org) and the Atlantic Provinces Athletic Therapists’ Association (www.apata.ca). A Certified Athletic Therapist assesses injuries and conditions, uses contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.
The Athletic Therapist, in cooperation with all performance enhancement personnel, and members of the health care delivery team, is an integral part of a total service to maximize the performance and welfare of the individual. Concomitant with the execution of this role, the Athletic Therapist nurtures an attitude of positive health.
The Athletic Therapists are on staff to treat the athletes by appointment only. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:30am until 4pm. To book an appointment, please stop by the clinic and speak with one of the AT’s.
Student trainers are assigned to work with each team during the varsity season. They are responsible for helping the athletes’ pre-practice/competition (prophylactic taping, stretching), providing on-field emergency care, and post-practice/competition care of injuries (ice, compression, referring to the AT’s for follow up care).
SMU Athletic Therapy YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/SmuAthleticTherapy?feature=CAQQwRs%3D
Chad Newhook BPE, CAT(C), CSCS (pic)
Head Athletic Therapist
Chad graduated from Acadia University in 1992 holding a Bachelor of Physical Education with a major in Exercise Studies. He began his career at Saint Mary’s in 1993 as a student therapist. Chad became Acting Head Athletic Therapist in 1996 and was certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1997, whereupon he was named Head Athletic Therapist. Chad also has a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Being a full time staff member since 1995, he has hosted and attended numerous AUS and CIS National Championships. He was a member of the 2007 Men’s Hockey Gold medal winning team at the FISU games in Turin Italy, and most recently served as the Chief Therapist for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Chad competes as a Powerlifter, and interests include travel, Boston Terriers, strength training, and scotch whiskey.
Kurt Stevenson B.Sc Kin, CAT(C) (pic)
Assistant Athletic Therapist
Kurt graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1991) and Kinesiology (1994). He started at SMU as a student trainer in 1993. Certified in 1997, Kurt has spent time working in a number of settings across the country. He was the Head Athletic Therapist at Mount Royal College (MRC) (Calgary, AB), and Assistant Athletic Therapist at both Acadia and St.FX Universities. He has teaching experience in the Athletic Therapy/Human Kinetics programs at MRC, Acadia University and Dalhousie University. He has been a member of the Sports Medicine Teams for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Circuit (1998/99), the World Junior Men’s Hockey Championships (2003) and the Canada Winter Games (2011). In July 2013, Kurt represented Canada, as a member of the Canadian Core Medical Team at the FISU World University Games, held in Kazan, Russia. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the APATA.
Allied Health Professionals associated with the Athletic Therapy Clinic:
Dr. Rosalind Mullins – Team Sport Medicine Physician
Dr. Nina Gow – Associate Sport Medicine Physician
Dr. Gerald Reardon- Team Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr.’s Michael Creighan & Mike Salyzyn – Team Dentists