Athletic Therapists are skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in providing care for orthopedic injuries (injuries to muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc.), whether acute or chronic. Athletic Therapists are experts at injury assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. Athletic Therapy treatments are based on the Sport Medicine Model, an active rehabilitation approach with an objective to find and treat the cause of conditions and not just the symptoms. This method also encourages the patient to follow an active approach to rehabilitating their injury rather than a passive, therapist-dependent approach or reliance on modalities. This leads to faster recovery, decreases risk of re-injury, and reinforces treatment outcomes. The treatment techniques that are used may include a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, as well as other therapeutic modalities. Athletic Therapists also using taping, bracing, and padding to support and protect joints to facilitate a safe return to activity. Athletic Therapists also are first responders, providing sideline emergency care for sports organizations.
Nope! Athletic Therapy is for everyone! Whether you have suffered a physical injury during an activity, whether or not the injury is new or a chronic issue, Athletic Therapy is for you.
Each client has their medical history and treatment goals examined at the beginning of the initial appointment. Subsequent appointments will have a shorter history that will be taken to obtain any new information.
Afterwards, patients will undergo a physical examination that includes a posture and gait analysis, a series of range of motion tests, functional testing, and palpation to determine the injury or condition.
Injury treatment is individualized for each patient, and may contain a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, and therapeutic modalities. Manual therapy techniques may include but are not limited to:
Following treatment, a home exercise program is created for the patient to compliment and reinforce the treatment received and patient education is persistent throughout the whole session.
Each patient will go through a detailed history, functional injury, movement assessment and testing to gain further information about your injury, condition or prevention goals. Patients will be taken through exercises for treatment and rehabilitation. This session is focused on developing a treatment plan that includes injury education and exercise prescription. It is all done online through video calling on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Patients undergo a comprehensive assessment and testing to determine the injury/condition, followed by treatment by teaching therapy tools, various modalities and exercise prescription. Please book for new injuries and initial appointments. Please wear appropriate clothing for sessions (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra).
Follow up appointment after an initial assessment. Your Athletic Therapist will go through similar testing and assessment to see injury progression, and more advanced exercises will be prescribed to optimize healing and rehabilitation. This session is done online through video calling on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Please only book if you have undergone an initial assessment, and if this appointment is for the same injury.
There are many insurance companies that cover Athletic Therapy, although some companies may not offer direct billing, and some require requests to add Athletic Therapy to their plan. It is therefore recommended that clients call their insurance companies to gauge their situation. Some examples of associations that cover Athletic Therapy are: