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What is Athletic Therapy?

Athletic Therapy assesses and treats all manner of musculoskeletal issues. Which means if you’ve injured a muscle, bone or joint or are active and want to avoid injuring your muscles, bones or joints, then seeing a certified Athletic Therapist may be just the thing for you.

Employing a sport medicine model, Athletic Therapy includes assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and education. In fact, Athletic Therapy views patient education as a crucial cornerstone to a healthy and rapid recovery. Therapy can include exercises, learning how to prevent re-injury and even learning about lifestyle factors that can help you get back to doing what you love faster.

After assessing what is wrong, an Athletic Therapist will turn to a wide variety of rehabilitative techniques which might include soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning and supportive strapping to speed the healing.

And while the picture we might immediately conjure for Athletic Therapy is the therapist running out onto the field when an athlete has been hurt during a game, in reality, they treat a wide range of patients. From kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, Athletic Therapists always work to help their patients get back doing what gives them joy whether playing sports or being able to roll around on the carpet with the grandkids.


  • Diagnosing the mechanism of injury: whether it is a chronic pain, acute joint / muscle injury or illness / health related condition.

  • Determining signs and symptoms of a concussion and what type of concussion the client is suffering from.

  • Screening specific physical, orthopedic and posture conditions and addressing imbalances in the body that could lead to further injuries.


  • Engaging in rehabilitative therapy using both manual treatment skills as well as modalities (including electrical, thermal and manual therapies) to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance.

  • Providing therapeutic conditioning exercises to aid in rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries to get clients back to their best selves.


  • Educating clients on injury risks specific to their jobs, lifestyles and hobbies and corrective actions associated with participation in fitness and sport programs.

  • Workplace ergonomics assessment and recommendations for musculoskeletal injury prevention.

  • Providing clients with home exercises to further aid in injury reconditioning and prevention.

  • Provide prophylactic taping to support injured muscles and joints in both sport and workplace settings.

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

  • fascial restrictions.

  • They provide rehabilitation for post-surgical patients, including: ACL reconstruction, fractures, shoulder dislocations, and arthroscopic surgery

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