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What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapists (AT) are experts in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries to muscles, joints, and bones. They are best known for providing on-site, emergency care to professional and amateur athletes in their given sport, and are often seen on the sidelines or running out on the playing surface to help athletes. ATs are also trained in the immediate recognition and management of concussions as well as concussion return to play protocols. These skills and techniques allow ATs to treat a variety of injuries sustained in everyday life as well as sports. ATs can treat injuries from a fall, post-surgical recovery, workplace injuries, sports or activity injuries, and motor vehicle accident injuries.

ATs focus on:

  • Injury prevention
  • Injury recognition
  • Injury rehabilitation

The ATs at VOR are trained in concussion rehabilitation for post-concussion syndrome and are an integral part of our concussion team. Julie, one of our Athletic Therapists, has additional training to facilitate ImPACT concussion testing, which is a computerized neurocognitive test used both pre-injury and post-injury. Although baseline testing pre-injury is NOT mandatory in the management of a concussion, baseline test results can be helpful to guide the rehabilitation process when a concussion has been sustained.

Injury

What can I expect from my Athletic Therapy treatment?

  • Assessment and education
  • Soft tissue work and manual therapy
  • Modality implementation (ultrasound, neuromuscular stimulation, heat, ice)
  • Exercise prescription and establishment of a home exercise program

What is the difference between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?

Athletic Therapy vs Physiotherapy

More About Athletic Therapy

The Athletic Therapists at VOR are recognized and credentialed CAT(C), which stands for Certified Athletic Therapist in Canada. The American equivalent to an Athletic Therapist is an Athletic Trainer, recognized by the acronym ATC. The Athletic Therapists at VOR work closely under the supervision of the Physiotherapists to help you recover from injuries and assist you with quality of life!

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