What is an Athletic Therapist?
Certified Athletic Therapists are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation, working both in the clinic or on the sideline. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapy so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all individuals.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They see the athlete in each individual, treating a wide variety of patients, from kids with sports injuries, to the weekend warriors, to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery. Athletic Therapists use contemporary manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. Athletic Therapy can take a personalized approach so the treatment varies but the objective doesn’t. Our goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Certified Athletic Therapists can be recognized by the credential CAT(C).
The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) is an organization devoted to the health care, performance, and welfare of all Canadians. Concomitant with the execution of this role, the Athletic Therapist nurtures an attitude of positive health.
The scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist starts with the in-depth knowledge, education and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and exercise prescription. Canadian Athletic Therapists must participate in a mandatory maintenance of certification program, including continuing education. This ensures that all Athletic Therapists annually demonstrate that they have remained current with the developments in their professional field.
If you are suffering with any kind of pain or injury and think you can benefit from athletic therapy, contact us today to book an appointment in Oakville.