Athletic Therapists are musculoskeletal experts who offer treatment to a large population base: competitive athletes, recreational players, individuals with work or automobile related injuries, as well as anyone else suffering from a muscle, bone or joint injury. We work with you to remedy your current injury, then educate you to prevent injury recurrence in the future.
Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, equipment selection, fitting and repair, and adapting the individual to the activity, environment, and facilities.
The immediate care of the athletic injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist includes injury assessment, basic emergency life provision of first aid, preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delivery systems, and utilization of techniques to facilitate a safe return to participation. A Certified Athletic Therapist utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical; reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.
An individual who wishes to certify as an Athletic Therapist must attend a degree from an accredited institution. In order to write the certification examination, candidates must be members in good standing of the CATA and their Provincial organization; have completed their degree; and a 1200-hour internship program.