What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapy consists of injury prevention, the immediate care and rehabilitation of injuries to muscles, bones and joints by a Certified Athletic Therapist [CAT(C)]. Athletic Therapists are not limited to working with only athletes, but also providing comprehensive and consistent treatments for those suffering from acute or chronic injuries (including workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and pre/post-surgery).
What is the goal of Athletic Therapy?
The purpose of Athletic Therapy is to promote quicker recovery while at the same time reducing the risk of further injury. A Certified Athletic Therapist uses the sports medicine model to create an individualized return-to-work/play program that includes clinical modalities, manual therapy, supervised exercises, home programming, and further client education that will promote faster recovery.
What is the difference between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?
Unlike Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy does not involve the study of neurological, respiratory and cardiovascular rehabilitation. Due to this, Physiotherapists have a wider scope of practice which includes orthopaedics, cardio-respiratory rehab, pediatrics, geriatrics, stroke rehab, and rehab for neurological diseases. Athletic Therapy focuses primarily on orthopaedic injuries and conditions that affect joints, bones and muscles. Exercise physiology is also an important area studied to retrain athletes to match, and possibly exceed, pre-injury performance.
The therapeutic skills and modalities used in Athletic Therapy are based on a 5 point Sports Medicine model: Prevention, Assessment, Emergency/Acute Care, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning. Along with electrical modalities (ie. ultrasound, interferential current, laser…etc), we also employ an ACTIVE approach to each of the 5 points using manual therapies (ie. joint mobilization, soft tissue release), movement therapies (eg. stretching) and more importantly, targeted exercises to reinforce stability and function.