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Athletic Therapy includes prevention, assessment, rehabilitation and patient education. Following a Sport Medicine Model of care, we treat patients using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription, bracing and taping. As an Athletic Therapists we assess and treat all types of musculoskeletal issues, acute and chronic conditions. Which means if you’ve injured a muscle, bone or joint or have had a nagging pain for years, then seeing a certified Athletic Therapist may be just the thing for you. Our goal is to help athletes return to their sport and activities safely and efficiently.
Wondering if your insurance provider covers Athletic Therapy treatments? The providers below cover Athletic Therapy. Please note this list is not comprehensive; therefore, it is recommended you call your insurance to confirm coverage before receiving treatment.
Alberta Blue Cross, Canadian Life Assurance, The Economical Insurance Group, Liberty Health, Premier Life, Great West Life, All Sport, Canadian Hockey Association, Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan, Co-operators, Empire, Great West Life, Greenshield Canada, Manulife, Pacific Blue Cross, and Sunlife.
An Athletic Therapist can treat musculoskeletal injuries, including:
Many people hear the words ‘Athletic Therapy’ and think that you have to be an athlete to see an athletic therapists, but athletic therapy is for everyone. The other thing that Athletic therapy is often confused with is physiotherapy, however there are some significant differences between the two scopes of practice.
Throughout a 4-year bachelor degree, Athletic Therapists specialize in the prevention, immediate care, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries (bones, muscles, joints) especially as they relate to athletics and the pursuit of physical activity. Prevention of injury involves prophylactic and supportive taping, postural evaluations, equipment fitting, musculoskeletal functional evaluation, and patient specific conditioning programs.
Athletic Therapists are also trained as emergency first responders for immediate care of an individual and provide an in depth assessment of both acute and chronic injuries for optimal rehabilitation. Rehabilitation techniques consist of primarily manual therapy as well as instrument-assisted therapy, therapeutic modalities and physical reconditioning.
Physiotherapists are health care professionals that aim to achieve and maintain optimal health outcomes with their clients. They gain a wider scope of practice throughout a 2 year Masters Degree, which includes orthopedics, cardio-respiratory rehab, pediatrics, geriatrics, stroke rehab, and neurological disorders. Usually physiotherapists will take continuing education to expand on an area of interest once graduated.
Athletic Therapists and Physiotherapists are two distinct professional designations with different training approaches and scope of practice, but a lot of time treatment outcomes and techniques are similar.
Exciting news, Phase 2 of the Alberta relaunch strategy includes Athletic Therapy! We will be following all Alberta Health Guidelines as well as Public Health Orders from the Chief Medical Officer in order to keep patients safe. Your health and safety is our number one priority! We reassure you that our facilities are clean and safe for our patients. Thank you all for your support and kindness during this time. Click the button below to view the Alberta health Guidance PDF.