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 Physical Therapist with Canada Snowboard. 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 has traveled to multiple Winter Olympic Games as the team therapist for Canada Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air, Ski Cross and Alpine Ski Canada. Therese is passionate about integrating her skill set as a manual therapist with the development, implementation and teaching of the exercises and progressions that allow everyone to return to activity. 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. Therese has completed training in vestibular/concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation and has incorporated this into her practice.
Therese has been mountain biking, shredding 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.”