The Saint Mary's University Sport Medicine Clinic will undergo a changing of the guard, but the transition will be an easy one for the new Head Athletic Therapist. After 26 years, as clinic boss, Chad Newhook is leaving his current position as Head Athletic Therapist and his clinic side kick Kurt Stevenson will take over. The pair have worked together for 12 years, providing treatment for the many student-athletes who have walked through the clinic doors.
Kurt Stevenson, 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 and returned in 2007 to be a full-time assistant Athletic Therapist in the Saint Mary's clinic.
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), the Canada Winter Games (2011), FISU World University Games (Core Medical Team, Kazan, Russia. 2013), CIS Men's Hockey Championships (Chief Therapist, 2016), and the North American Indigenous Games 2020 (Chief Therapist). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the APATA.
For Newhook, he will move his career and expertise to LifeMark Physiotherapy, where he'll be the new SMU LifeMark Athletic Therapist / Kinesiologist.
Chad started as a student therapist in 1993 and has been full-time in the clinic since 1996. He says "he'll miss his role with Athletics but looks forward to his new career with SMU LifeMark and its amazing staff. A big consolation is that the Athletic Therapy Clinic has been left in great hands with my friend and colleague Kurt Stevenson assuming the role of Head Athletic Therapist."
Joining Kurt this season is Brad Hughes, who will be joining SMU after working as Athletic Therapist for the Calgary Roughnecks (NLL) and Calgary Stampeders (CFL). The SMU clinic will also be hiring an additional Athletic Therapist to assist with the very busy varsity season that kicks off this weekend, with the Football team travelling up to Sackville to take on the Mounties.