Athletic Therapy includes the assessment, prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. As part of their services, Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT) utilize contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical reconditioning and supportive strapping and taping procedures to promote optimal healing for individuals in need of getting back into an active lifestyle. In addition to rehabilitative services, CATs can also provide extensive education, training, and program design for injury prevention and postural development.
User groups of this service are varied and can include but are not limited to people with a musculoskeletal injury that may be active individuals, injured workers, motor vehicle accident injuries, recreational athletes, professional athletes and competitive amateur athletes.
Often people think that Athletic Therapists only treat athletes; however athletic therapy services are not limited to athletes alone. They also extend to those from non-sporting backgrounds who are involved in jobs that are physically demanding or have sustained injuries of a musculoskeletal nature.
Athletic Therapy differs from Physiotherapy
There are many similarities between Physiotherapists and Athletic Therapists when it comes to orthopaedic (musculoskeletal and biomechanical) assessments in the clinical setting. It is largely in the treatment styles and varying work environments in which we differ.
Certified Athletic Therapists specialize in musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation of all physical injuries as well as sport specific exercise rehabilitation. Athletic Therapy is based on the sports medicine model of rehabilitation which aims to not only get you back from injury as quickly and as safely as possible, but also to make you stronger than you were prior to injury.