What is Athletic Therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists specialize is treating acute and chronic muscle, bone and joint injuries, and adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. We treat a wide range of patients, from kids with sprained ankles to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, and exercise prescription. An Athletic Therapist’s goal is to help patients return to their daily activities, whether it’s playing sports, or walking to the store.
What makes an Athletic Therapist different from other rehabilitation professionals?
Athletic Therapy focuses on muscle, bone and joint injury during the four years of full-time course work. During the practical component of the program, students must spend a minimum of 1200 hours working with various sports teams and clinics. As a result, a certified Athletic Therapist begins their career with more experience in sports injury rehabilitation than any other professional in the industry.
What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and an Athletic Therapist?
Certified Athletic Therapists specialize in orthopedic 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 and does not involve the study of neurological, respiratory, or cardiovascular rehabilitation.
Can I still see an Athletic Therapist if I am not a competitive athlete?
Yes! The main reason to see an athletic therapist is to safely return to your daily activities. Athletic Therapy can be adapted to everyone and every level of activity.
What type of clothing should I wear to my appointment?
To your first appointment, please bring a pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. Your initial visit may include postural assessment and orthopedic testing. For your follow up appointments you will need comfortable clothes (gym shorts and a t-shirt) and clean gym shoes.
What should I expect when I see an Athletic Therapist?
Your first visit will include an initial assessment, and a short treatment (45-90 min). The assessment will determine the nature of the injury, the cause of the injury, and the best approach to accelerate the healing to get you back to your daily activities and sports.
Follow up appointments are about 30 – 60 minutes and include a combination of rehabilitation techniques such as manual therapies, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic modalities, and specific reconditioning exercises to accelerate your progress.