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Athletic Therapy

Athletic Therapy Clinic

HC101 - Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness

920 Tower Road


NOTE: due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ATC will be operating under the guidance of the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and Nova Scotia Public Health.  An information package will be sent to all varsity athletes concerning the daily operations of the ATC for both practice coverage, and daily clinical treatment of the varsity athlete.


Three 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 ( and the Atlantic Provinces Athletic Therapists’ Association (


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.   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).


  • STAFF 

    • Kurt A. Stevenson B.Sc Kin, CAT(C)         Head Athletic Therapist  (BIO LINK)
    • Brad Hughes CAT(C)                              Associate Athletic Therapist
    • Kelsey Areseneault CAT(C)                    Associate Athletic Therapist
    • Dr. Gerald P. Reardon MD, FRCS(C), Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Dr. Nathan Urquhart MD, MSc. FRCS(C) Dip Sports Medicine, MBNS, Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Dr. Rosalind Mullins CCFP, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician
    • Dr. Michael Salyzyn,  B.Sc., B.Sc. (honors cert), D.D.S. Dentist



All varsity athletes must complete a medical prior to their arrival at Saint Mary’s University.  Without completion of the medical, the student athlete cannot participate in any team training, practices, or games.  They are also not permitted to receive medical care/treatment in the Athletic Therapy Clinic.


Freshman/Transfer medical document: all athletes will be required to complete an on line medical through Players Health, the SMU medical document portal.  If you have not received an invite, please check with your Head Coach to confirm you have been added to the team.


Veteran/returning medical document 


CCES link and forms: all athletes are required to complete the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport education program.  It will be forwarded to all athletes once received from the CCES.


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