Certified Athletic Therapists are health care practitioners that provide immediate treatment to musculoskeletal injures and apply rehabilitation techniques to ensure a rapid return to work and play. They provide on-field emergency care for athletes and are skilled in returning athletes to competition after an injury. Additionally, they effectively treat injuries sustained everyday such as injuries from falls, daily activities, pre/post surgery, workplace and motor vehicle accidents.
Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection, fitting and repair, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, and adapting to the activity environment and facilities.
Immediate care of athletic injuries 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, or, where appropriate, utilization of techniques facilitating a safe return to participation.
Certified Athletic Therapists assess injuries and conditions, use contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing individuals for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.