When a professional or an elite athlete suffers from an injury on the field, a Certified Athletic Therapist is there with immediate, expert care. They are often the first to provide expert assessments and rehabilitation for a variety of injuries. 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.
The Sports Medicine Model of care is universal for certified athletic therapists to adhere to. From treating kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescriptions, and bracing and supportive taping. The treatment a therapist provides is dependent on the severity and type of injury, but the objective doesn’t. A physical therapist’s goal is to effectively treat clients so they can return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports.
Certified Athletic Therapists, CAT(C)s, in cooperation with performance enhancement personnel and health care delivery team members, are seen as an essential member who provides a nurturing yet hands-on approach to physical rehabilitation for all Canadian athletes. Associated with the execution of this role, the Athletic Therapist nourishes an attitude of positive health.
The Certified Athletic Therapist has been trained to examine patients/clients with their in-depth knowledge, education, and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and basic emergency care. Within this, the scope of practice is divided into five practice domains representing the core areas of competency that the CATA accredited institutions follow in educating Certification Candidates to become entry-level, practicing Certified Athletic Therapists.