Athletic Therapy

What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapy involves specialized training in the evaluation and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries, as well as the management of Sports Concussions including Return to Play and Return to Learn Protocols.

MSK injuries encompass any damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and nerves. Athletic Therapists cater to a diverse active population, ranging from elite and professional athletes to weekend warriors and recreational runners.

Therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care and use a variety of techniques including manual therapy (such as soft tissue and fascial releases), modalities (Ultrasound, IFC, Muscle Stimulation, Shockwave) exercise prescription,  bracing or taping to treat the whole individual and return them to their level of activity.

The primary focus of Athletic Therapy is active rehabilitation, aiming to safely and effectively return individuals to their activities or sports as quickly as possible.

What is the difference between physiotherapy and Athletic Therapy?

Physiotherapy and Athletic Therapy share similar skill sets in a clinical setting, but one key distinction lies in educational emphasis.

Athletic Therapy places a primary focus on the assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including muscles, ligaments, joints, bones, and nerves, along with expertise in concussion management and emergency care.

On the other hand, physiotherapy encompasses a broader scope, addressing musculoskeletal injuries as well as cardiac and neurological conditions.

Is Athletic Therapy covered by insurance?

Yes, many insurance plans cover Athletic Therapy, but coverage specifics vary depending on individual plans. It’s essential to check your plan to confirm coverage.

Athletic Therapy cannot be billed under physiotherapy, as Athletic Therapists have their own registration numbers distinct from physiotherapy.