Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick thinking of on field emergency care of professional and elite athletes, and the weekend warrior. They are the first to respond when someone gets hurt and are experts at musculoskeletal injury assessment and rehabilitation in a clinical setting. Athletic Therapists look at the body globally to assess where the problem may be arising to provide the patient with the optimal level of care. The mix of on-site care and hands on rehabilitation skills makes an Athletic Therapist (AT) so effective in treating the musculoskeletal injuries of clients both on the field or in the clinical practice.
Athletic Therapists treat a wide range of patients including children with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery and everyone in between, by using a range of manual therapy, exercise prescription, taping and bracing and the occasional modality. As an Athletic Therapist our main focus is to assist our client in returning to their daily activities, whether it be playing competitive sports or getting up from a chair.
Some may confuse Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy and although similar they are different. Athletic Therapists Scope of Practice includes prevention, immediate care and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries, which involves postural evaluation, assessment and rehabilitation (manual therapy), equipment selection (ie. shoe wear), warm-up, conditioning programs and prophylactic taping and bracing. Physiotherapists assess the impact of injury, disease or disorder on movement and function, and use modalities to treat their clients. They may also further their education by attaining certification in various rehabilitation techniques.