Athletic Therapy FAQ's

Athletic Therapy FAQ's

What is an Athletic Therapist ?
The Scope of Practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist includes the prevention, immediate care and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection, fitting and repair, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic taping and adapting to an activity environment and facilities.
 
The provision of on field immediate care of athletic injuries by a CAT includes: injury assessment, basic emergency life support, recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction, preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delviery systems, utilization of techniques facilitating a safe return to participation.
 
A CAT assess injuries and conditions, uses contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modallities, soft tissue mobilization and physical reconditioning to promote an environment conductive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.
 
Education and Training
 
The CATA certification process is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system. To achieve the status of Certified Athletic Therapist, a candidate must first meet the academic requirements of a CATA approved curriculum.
 
The student must then complete an internship of at least 1200 hours of practical experience under supervision of a CAT. Once these criteria are met, a candidate is qualified to write a comprehensive written exam where a minumum grade of 70 percent is required to pass. The final step is a practical exam covering emergency care, supportive taping/bracing, modalities, injury assessment and rehabilitation.
What is Osteopathy ?
Osteopathy is a hands on method of identifying structural changes and rhythms within the body. Gentle palpation techniques are used to assess the mobility or restriction in soft tissues such as muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons. These movement patterns affect the alignment and range of motion of your joints including your spine, cranial bones and peripheral joints such as the hips, knees, wrists, etc. Restrictions in your body's natural movement patterns can lead to pain and dysfunction. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques like craniosacral therapy, osteopathic manipulation, visceral mobilization and myofascial release to correct any restrictions or faulty movement patterns and restore optimal health.
What types of injuries and conditions are treated with athletic therapy ?
Athletic Therapists treat a variety of conditions and injuries. Some of the most common include:
 
Acute Injuries:
Chronic Injuries:
Sprain
Chronic Muscle Tension
Strain
Reduced joint range of motion
Contusion
Nerve Impingement (Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Etc.)
Concussion
Joint Laxity
Disclocation & Subluxation
Spinal Mal-alignement
Muscle Spasm  
Disk Herniation
Conditions:
Spinal Mal-alignment
Headaches
Acute Traumatic Neurological Dysfunction
Muscle and Joint Pain
 
What can I expect in my first athletic therapy treatment ?
In your first Athletic Therapy treatment Sandy will review your health history and treatment goals with you. Your treatment will vary depending on your reason fro treatement and your goals. A thorough assessment of all areas related to your health concerns will be followed by a hands on manual treatment. Exercises, lifestyle modifications and postural corrections may be recommended. Discussion of an appropriate treatment plan will conclude the first appointment.
Is athletic therapy covered on my extended benefits plan and do I need a doctor's referral ?
Athletic Therapy is covered on most extended health/ benefits plans. Check with your provider to determine your level of coverage and also if you require a donctor's referral. We do not bill directly for any of our services. You will be issued a receipt for the cost of your treatment that can be submitted to your provider for reimbursment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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