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What is Athletic Therapy?

Certified Athletic Therapists are known for their rapid response to on-field emergencies, providing expert injury assessment and rehabilitation for athletes. They cater to a diverse clientele in a clinical setting, employing a comprehensive treatment approach to address various injuries and help clients return to their normal activities.

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What Athletic Therapists do:

Certified Athletic Therapists are highly skilled professionals who excel in quickly responding to on-field emergencies for professional and elite athletes, providing specialized injury assessment and rehabilitation. Their expertise encompasses various aspects of injury management, including prevention, assessment, emergency and acute care, as well as rehabilitation and re-conditioning. With a unique blend of immediate on-site assistance and active rehabilitation skills, they effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries both on the field and in clinical settings.

Catering to clients of all ages, from children to seniors, Athletic Therapists address a wide range of injuries, including concussions, musculoskeletal issues, and pre- and post-operative cases. They employ a comprehensive treatment approach, utilizing manual therapies, exercise prescriptions, and techniques like bracing and taping. Despite the diverse methods used, their primary goal remains consistent: helping clients return to their normal activities, whether it's competitive sports or routine daily tasks.

In addition to their hands-on expertise, Certified Athletic Therapists work alongside performance enhancement experts and healthcare professionals, providing comprehensive services aimed at optimizing individuals' performance and overall well-being. They play a crucial role in promoting positive health attitudes and behaviors among their clients.

The scope of practice for Certified Athletic Therapists is founded on extensive knowledge, education, and training in areas such as the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and basic emergency care. Their specialized skills enable them to effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, facilitating rapid recovery and improved function for individuals returning to daily activities.

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Musculoskeletal Assessment and Rehabilitation

Athletic Therapists use assessment tools to determine severity of an injury and whether an patient is fit to continue their activities within a tolerable level. They look at muscle strength, range of motion, flexibility and joint mobility to determine these factors. They will then use various treatment methods to  successfully rapidly retun their client to their normal actitivy level.  

Strength & Conditioning

Athletic Therapists are adept at conducting needs analyses to craft periodized training plans tailored to individual athletes, considering factors like prevalent injuries, sport-specific demands, and seasonal variations. This ensures the development of comprehensive strength and conditioning programs that optimize performance while mitigating injury risk

Concussion Assessment and Rehabilitation

Athletic Therapists are proficient in administering concussion assessment tools and are trained to identify signs and symptoms of concussions, promptly removing athletes from the playing field if necessary. Additionally, they guide athletes/patients through the progression of returning to play or work once their symptoms have resolved.

Emergency and Acute Intervention 

Athletic Therapists undergo specialized training in on-field assessment, enabling them to deliver immediate first responder care and prepare athletes/patients for transfer while awaiting emergency services. Proficient in recognizing and managing various traumatic injuries, they can swiftly make return-to-play decisions for athletes with mild injuries. Additionally, they offer sideline assessments and taping techniques to mitigate the risk of major injuries during sporting events

Injury Prevention

Athletic therapists are skilled in analyzing and dissecting the biomechanics of specific sport or movement patterns, allowing them to identify potential areas of vulnerability. They then design customized plans aimed at reducing the risk of injury by targeting commonly stressed areas, addressing flexibility deficits, and improving the strength of underdeveloped muscles. This proactive approach not only helps prevent injuries but also enhances overall performance and resilience in athletes.

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Common Injuries Athletic Therapists are Effective in Treating:

    > Workplace and Motor Vehicle Accidents
    > Emergencies at Sporting events (concussions, spinal injuries, fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains)
    > Chronic and recurring Conditions (Low Back Pain, Disc Herniations, Recurrent Sprains/Strains, joint instability, arthritis, and more)
    > Pre-Operative and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    > Common injuries from falls, daily activities and sports
    > Everyday activities leading to muscle and joint aches, pains and weakness
    > Identifying key weaknesses in biomechanical/functional patterns
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