Unbeknown to many students on campus, Mount Allison offers free physiotherapy services to students through the athletic centre.
Fourth-year student athlete Dakota Brush has taken advantage of these services throughout his time at Mt. A. “Therapy is essential,” Brush said.
Athletic therapists at Mt. A use many skills in their practice, incorporating both technology and physical techniques. A typical treatment can consist of therapeutic exercises, massages to aid joint mobilization, and even shock therapy, to relax muscles and restore normal movement.
Rayhan Malik, a part-time athletic therapist, has worked for Mt. A since August. Malik said that there is room for improvement within the athletic therapy program, particularly concerning accessibility.
“[Appointment] time slots would get booked throughout the day,” Malik said. Students are constantly in and out of the clinic. Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is difficult to find a time slot for every student, let alone one that can accommodate them during the busy season for athletics.
Malik’s contract with Mt. A expired this past weekend. He is moving on to work with the the Erie Bayhawks, the NBA D-league affiliate of the Orlando Magic.
During the winter semester, Jocelyn Dowling, the head athletic therapist, will be the only full-time staff member. This means the clinic will only be able to treat one student at a time.
Dowling’s hours do not stop when she leaves the clinic, as games are scheduled during the evenings and weekends.
The physiotherapy office is located on the bottom floor of the athletic centre between the weight room and the football team’s locker room.