What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapy is a health care profession that specializes in the prevention, assessment and care of musculoskeletal disorders (muscles, bones, joints) especially as they relate to athletics and the pursuit of physical activity.
The provision of on-field immediate care of athletic injuries by a certified Athletic Therapist includes:
- Injury assessment
- Basic emergency life support
- Recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction
- Provision of first aid
- Preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delivery systems
- Utilization of techniques facilitating a safe return to participation
Scope of Practice of Athletic Therapy
The scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist starts with the in-depth knowledge, education, and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and basic emergency care.
WHAT DOES AN ATHLETIC THERAPIST DO?
The Athletic Therapist, in cooperation with other members of the health care team, is an integral part of a total service to maximize individuals’ performance and welfare. The Athletic Therapist also nurtures an attitude of positive health.
A Certified Athletic Therapist utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical reconditioning and supportive strapping procedures to promote optimal healing and prepares the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle..