Hands-on approach to his work

Adam Letts treats Highlanders player Hayden Parker on Monday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Adam Letts treats Highlanders player Hayden Parker on Monday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

Giving his children a similar childhood to what he had drew Adam Letts back to Mosgiel.

Three years later he has no regrets having set up a business and settled into the community.

''It's a tight-knit community which people are very passionate about,'' Mr Letts said.

The good weather in Mosgiel aside, those who lived in the town were willing to get behind community projects and make them happen whether it was a playground or a new pool, he said.

''They're willing to really help out and raise funds.''

Mr Letts (38) grew up in Mosgiel, went to Taieri College and played for the local football team.

He went on to get his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and postgraduate diploma in sports medicine at the University of Otago.

After practising physiotherapy in Dunedin for a few years, he moved to Invercargill where he became the physiotherapist for the Southland Stags rugby team.

But when his eldest child was ready for school, the family decided to move back to Mosgiel.

He opened his own practice, Sports Med Mosgiel Physiotherapy in 2010, operating out of the town's Olympic Gym, but a year ago moved next door to his own premises.

Enjoying the community focus of the town, the business supported the town's rugby, football and cricket clubs as well as Taieri College.

He had continued his sports focus with a role as physiotherapist for the Highlanders rugby team.

It was a role he was able to fill thanks to the support of his staff who were equipped to handle a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and with a new physiotherapist with a background in women's health, particularly around pregnancy, he said.

''The aim is, if you get an injury, is to get it treated and rehabilitated so it does not become a chronic problem,'' Mr Lett said.

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