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Athletic Therapy

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A Certified Athletic Therapist – CAT(C) is a health care practitioner skilled in the prevention, identification, intervention, management and treatment of emergency, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and injuries to the physically active sustained either at work or through involvement in recreational or sporting activities. An Athletic Therapist optimizes the ability of professional, amateur and recreational athletes to perform at their best through sport specific training, injury prevention and rehabilitation for rapid return to work or play.

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An Athletic Therapist also understands and works in occupational and industrial settings to enhance the health and performance of individuals in the work force.

The role of an Athletic Therapist

There are three main areas of patient care and service that an Athletic Therapist may provide:

  1. Treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries for a rapid return to work and play
  2. Recognition, evaluation, and emergency care of acute, urgent injuries.
  3. Prevention of musculoskeletal injury and prophylactic support techniques

Services offered by an Athletic therapist:

  • Orthopaedic assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury for rapid return to work or play
  • First responder emergency care coverage for sporting events
  • Concussion evaluation, management and advice
  • Warm up, rehabilitation and physical conditioning programs
  • Biomechanical, postural and ergonomic evaluations and advice
  • Prophylactic and supportive taping techniques
  • Assistance with sports protective equipment selection and fitting
  • Advice and educational information for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injury