The scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist (AT) starts with the in-depth knowledge, education and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and emergency care. There are many avenues in which Athletic Therapists can help rehabilitate clients, in both the prevention and treatment of injuries. (Some examples include post-operative and post-cast rehabilitation and muscle strengthening, joint replacement rehabilitation, chronic pain and low back pain, overuse/insidious type injuries, sport injuries, degenerative disk disease and disc herniations.) The Athletic Therapists at COMPHYSIO are also trained in the recognition and treatment of concussions and post-concussion symptoms.
- Diagnosing the mechanism of injury: whether it is a chronic pain, acute joint / muscle injury or illness / health related condition.
- Determining signs and symptoms of a concussion and what type of concussion the client is suffering from.
- Screening specific physical, orthopedic and posture conditions and addressing imbalances in the body that could lead to further injuries.
- Engaging in rehabilitative therapy using both manual treatment skills as well as modalities (including electrical, thermal and manual therapies) to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance.
- Providing therapeutic conditioning exercises to aid in rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries to get clients back to their best selves.
- Educating clients on injury risks specific to their jobs, lifestyles and hobbies and corrective actions associated with participation in fitness and sport programs.
- Workplace ergonomics assessment and recommendations for musculoskeletal injury prevention.
- Providing clients with home exercises to further aid in injury reconditioning and prevention.
- Provide prophylactic taping to support injured muscles and joints in both sport and workplace settings.
What conditions do Athletic Therapists treat?
An Athletic Therapist can treat musculoskeletal injuries, including:
- muscle strains
- ligament sprains
- low back or neck pain
- postural strain
- repetitive strain injuries
- fascial restrictions.
- They provide rehabilitation for post-surgical patients, including: ACL reconstruction, fractures, shoulder dislocations, and arthroscopic surgery.
Is an Athletic Therapist only for “Athletes”?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Whether you work in an office, play on a team or are just a weekend warrior, we are all susceptible to injuries. Barrie Athletic Therapists treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery. The treatment varies but the objective does not: an Athletic Therapist’s goal is to help clients return to their usual activities. Athletic Therapy will assist you in quickly returning to work or play based on your individual needs. Contact COMPHYSIO + Performance Wellness today for an appointment with an athletic therapist.