What is Athletic Therapy?
Certified Canadian Athletic Therapists are highly skilled health care practitioners that provide treatment to musculoskeletal injures (muscles, joints, bones). This is accomplished by total body assessments, contemporary rehabilitation techniques such as therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, supportive taping procedures, home exercise programs and on-field emergency care to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.
Athletic Therapists employ a sports medicine model of rehabilitation to offer accelerated rehabilitation to physical injuries incurred from sports, recreation, daily activities, motor vehicle accidents or work place injuries. Athletic therapists treat a wide range of patients of all ages and of all activity levels with the goal of returning all patients to their optimum physical state.
How does Athletic Therapy help?
Prevention: Includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection and fitting, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, and adapting to the activity and the environment.
Assessment: Determining an accurate diagnosis of an injury by understanding an individual’s signs and symptoms, mechanism of injury, previous injuries or health conditions and by performing orthopaedic and physical testing. Athletic Therapists can accurately identify the injury or cause of injury which can translate into a quicker recovery time for that individual.
Rehabilitation: Using an active approach, Athletic Therapists help restore and re-establish individuals to their optimum physical lifestyle. This is done by their extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions, the use of therapeutic modalities, manual therapies and/or specific exercises customized to the individual and the injury.
Reconditioning: Working one on one with individuals providing a customized rehabilitation program to aid in preventive measures or with rehabilitation of an injury.