What is Athletic Therapy?

  • Athletic therapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using various manual therapies, exercise prescription, and modalities including bracing and taping. 

  • The goal of athletic therapy is to help clients’ return to their desired activity level.  It is suitable for everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes. 

  • An initial consultation with an athletic therapist will consist of a thorough orthopedic and physical assessment as well as an evaluation of relevant medical history. The information gathered during consultation will be used to devise a personalized treatment and rehabilitation plan targeted to your specific needs.


Is Athletic Therapy for you? 

  • Athletic therapy is for everyone, from office workers to tradespeople, and even violin players. Anyone who uses their body to complete daily activities can benefit from athletic therapy. They work with everyone no matter their age or fitness level.

  • The body works in mysterious ways, sometimes pain and discomfort develop slowly over time and we tend to accept it as ‘normal’ or ‘that's just how it’s going to be’. We compensate and adjust our movements around the pain and we fail to recognize the negative impact that can have on our quality of life. 

  • Athletic therapy can help break this cycle by observing and addressing the compensations that we’ve developed, and implement rehabilitative and preventative measures to maintain health and reduce the risk of future injury. 

When should you consider seeing an Athletic Therapist?

  • If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, that is negatively impacting your daily life, your occupation, or your ability to do physical activity.

  • If you are recovering from an injury or surgery. 

  • If you would like to increase your physical activity levels, strength, and mobility, and reduce the risk of injury.


Common conditions that an Athletic Therapist can treat (not limited to):

  • Low Back Pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Sciatica

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Tennis and golfers elbow

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Muscle and Postural Imbalances 

  • Bursitis

  • Muscle strains 

  • Ligament sprains

  • Patella femoral syndrome

  • Pre and post-surgery - prehab and rehab

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Concussion management 

“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 the clinic.

Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids 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 or walking to the mailbox and back.” Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. 

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