What is an Athletic Therapist
An Athletic Therapist is a health professional specializing in injury rehabilitation, movement correction and athletic performance enhancement. They assess injuries and movement dysfunctions, and provide rehabilitative correction in the form of manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities.
Athletic therapists can treat a wide variety of injuries, and work with all populations. They are not limited to athletic injuries only, but instead have a wide range of abilities that may be applied to settings including industry and the general population. The focus is on maximizing all areas of health to enable individuals to continue an active lifestyle.
In order to practice as an Athletic Therapist, candidates must complete a series of requirements in order to retain the title of a Certified Athletic Therapist. These include the completion of a bachelor’s degree at an approved post-secondary institution, an internship of 1200 clinical and field practicum hours, and a valid First Responder certificate. The certification exam includes a written and practical exam evaluating all aspects of the scope of practice, including clinical care and evaluation, on-field management procedures and taping and support techniques.
For more information please visit the website of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.