Athletic Therapy at Burlington Sports Therapy is provided by Madeleine Hunter who has over 20 years experience working with national, varsity, rep, and recreational athletes. A treatment may include: electrical modalities, massage, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises, and manual therapy, depending on the diagnosis. You will find some general information about Athletic Therapy below. If you have any questions about sports therapy or your condition, please do not hesitate to call us.
Athletic Therapy – What is it?
A Certified Athletic Therapist is trained in the prevention, urgent care, and rehabilitation of injuries. Their skills include assessment and treatment of injury, warm up and conditioning programs, athletic taping, and on-field care of injuries.
What Training is Needed?
Athletic Therapy is now a degree program at certain accredited institutions across Canada, including Sheridan College at the Brampton Campus. Therapists are educated in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, emergency care, taping and wrapping, and pathology.
Athletic Therapists are required to complete a national certification exam, consisting of written, oral and practical portions. They must maintain national and provincial registration. An Athletic Therapist must provide annual documentation of on-going professional development to maintain their status with their national and provincial bodies.
What conditions do Athletic Therapists treat?
An Athletic Therapist can treat muskuloskeltal injuries, including: muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendinitis, low back or neck pain, arthritis, postural strain, repetitive strain injuries, and fascial restrictions. They can provide rehabilitation for post-surgical patients, including: ACL reconstruction, fractures, shoulder dislocations, and arthroscopic surgery.
Do I need a referral?
Most insurance companies require a doctor’s note before they will reimburse you for your treatment.
What are the benefits of Athletic Therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists are highly trained in all aspects of sport and exercise. If you need to rehabilitate a sports injury, an Athletic Therapist can work through all stages of the injury, from taping and supporting the acute injury, therapy to recover from the injury, sports specific exercises, return to sport, and supplying or suggesting the appropriate brace, if needed.
In the case of a chronic injury, the Athletic Therapist can assess the body to determine where weakness and tightness occur that may be contributing to the injury. Their education in biomechanics allows them to evaluate walking, running, throwing, hitting, or squatting to see where the issue lies. If you are in the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas and are looking for Athletic therapy, call our office today.