What is Athletic Therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back. (sourced from the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association website)
Who would Athletic Therapy benefit?
Athletic therapy is not just for athletes (despite the deceiving name!) We are trained to treat anyone from elite/professional athletes to seniors and everyone in-between. Anyone that has a desire to get back to daily living with no pain and restrictions would benefit from Athletic Therapy.
Do my benefits cover athletic therapy?
Some plans do cover athletic therapy. However the best way to determine this is to give your insurance company a call, as it is not always listed in the benefits package you receive from work.
What can I expect during treatments?
During your first treatment, we go through full comprehensive assessment to determine exactly the cause of your injury/pain, making sure we aren’t missing anything by taking a look at not just the site of pain. After your assessment, your therapist will go over a treatment plan with you that will entail some exercises, manual therapy, modality work and possibly bracing if needed.
How is athletic therapy different from massage therapy? And physiotherapy?
Athletic therapy typically is more beneficial for an acute or chronic injury that is holding you back from your day to day life. Massage therapy is great for a maintenance program, or while you have sore muscles. It also complements athletic therapy treatment incredibly.
Physiotherapists have a wider scope of practice that trains them in orthopaedics, post stroke therapy, and cardio-respiratory therapy. Athletic therapists have a much more narrow scope of practice that allows us to specialize in musculoskeletal injuries (bones, muscles, ligaments, joints)
What is the cost?
An initial assessment that lasts 1 hour is $90 and follow up visits that are 1/2 hour in length are $58.