Athletic Therapy

What is an Athletic Therapist?

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 a private clinic.

Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from children 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, returning to work, or walking to the mailbox and back.

For a person to hold the title Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), they must meet all the criteria set out by the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA). In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, Athletic Therapists must complete the Athletic Therapy program at one of seven CATA accredited institutions in Canada.  Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate and complete 1,200 hours of on-field and in-clinic practical training. Once qualified, Candidates attempt the National Certification Examination including a comprehensive written and four-part practical exam.

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- Abbey Parkes CAT(C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist at Body 'n Balance Physio & Wellness Clinic. Call 705-429-9619 to book an assessment.

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