Sports & Manual/Manip Physiotherapist
BSc Physiotherapy, Master of Health Admin, Sport Physiotherapy Diploma, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapy, Certified GunnIMS, Certified Concussion Management Practitioner
Therese Leigh is an accomplished physiotherapist with over 25 years of clinical practice. She is involved locally with the Whistler Athletes Center/ Canadian Sport Institute in developing better care for our athletes at all levels of competition. Therese is currently the Lead Physio/Paramedical co-ordinator for the National Canadian Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air team. Prior to this she was the Lead Physiotherapist/Rehab Co-ordinator with the Canadian Ski Cross National Team, and a traveling therapist with Alpine Ski racing.
Therese traveled to the 2014, Sochi Winter Olympic Games as the team therapist for Ski Cross Canada as well as the Whistler 2010 Olympics with the Alpine Ski Racing Men’s Group. Currently, Therese continues to work with Alpine Canada, primarily working on returning injured athletes to snow. This year, Therese and BACK IN ACTION will continue to work with the National Snowboard and Ski X athletes as well as local development athletes.
Immediately upon graduation from UBC in 1994, Therese began working with a variety of sports teams, including road and mountain cycling, soccer and volleyball as well as completing post graduate diplomas in Manipulative Therapy and Sports Therapy. In 2004 Therese completed her Master’s of Health Administration which included a research project; Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders. She has been a guest lecturer at UBC and various national conferences speaking on the value of exercise, manual therapy and education for successful treatment of whiplash. Recently, Therese completed extensive training in vestibular/concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation and has incorporated this into her practice.
Therese has been mountain biking and skiing since childhood and has learned through her own injuries, as well as ongoing education, what works to ensure full recovery and return to activity. Her treatment philosophy is straight forward:
“Combine manual, hands on treatment with education and active exercise and you will get results. The goal is to have the client not only feel better that day but to stay pain free and strong for the long term.”