What is an Athletic Therapist?
Athletic therapy is based on the sports medicine model and specializes in the active population with regards to assessing, educating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries (i.e. muscle, joint, ligament, and tendon).
The athletic therapist utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, soft tissue release and manual therapy treatments (myofascial release, cupping techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular stretching, gua sha, manual muscle testing) as well as therapeutic modalities (ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, interferential current). The athletic therapist’s scope of practice also involves joint mobilization to increase the client’s range of motion, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures (leuko-tape, athletic tape, Kinesio tape) to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing. The athletic therapist ensures the individual is ready to be reintegrated back into their busy life safely.
Benefits of an Athletic Therapist:
Patients will get undivided one-to-one attention allowing the athletic therapist to address issues in a fast and efficient manner. An athletic therapist is armed with extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and in particular how to assess and rehabilitate injuries using various techniques. Their role is to get individuals back to it, no matter the activity.
May be included in your health benefits.