Athletic Therapy is the prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist. It involves the assessment of physical function, the treatment of dysfunction caused by pain and/or injury in order to develop, maintain and maximize independence and prevent dysfunction. Most extended medicals have coverage under their physiotherapy umbrella and on pre approval ICBC may cover treatment provided by an Athletic Therapist.
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. They are first responders on the field and have the training in injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists effective in treating musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries, whether on the field or in the clinic.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care and treat a wide range of patients using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription even bracing and taping. Athletic Therapists are trained in the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of injuries allowing them to provide treatment to all musculoskeletal injures and apply rehabilitation techniques to ensure a rapid return to work and play.