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Athletic Therapy

Athletic Therapy is a specialized healthcare profession focused on the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, particularly those related to physical activity, exercise, and sport.


Certified Athletic therapists are trained to provide immediate care for acute injuries, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation programs to help individuals return to their pre-injury level of function and performance.

Athletic Therapy

Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It is that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic. Athletic Therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective does not: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back. The ultimate goal is a safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.

Key features of Athletic Therapy include:

1. Prevention and Education: Athletic therapists are trained to assess and address potential risk factors for injury, such as biomechanical imbalances, improper movement patterns, and inadequate conditioning. They provide education and guidance on injury prevention strategies, proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, and safe training practices to help individuals minimize the risk of injury during physical activity and sport. 2. Immediate Care: Athletic therapists are often the first responders on the scene of an athletic or sports-related injury. They are trained to assess injuries quickly and accurately, provide immediate first aid and emergency care, and make decisions regarding the need for further medical attention or referral to other healthcare professionals. 3. Rehabilitation and Return to Play: Athletic therapists develop individualized rehabilitation programs to help individuals recover from injuries and return to their previous level of activity and performance. These programs may include a combination of therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, functional rehabilitation, and sport-specific training to address physical impairments, restore function, and prevent re-injury. 4. Manual Therapy Techniques: Athletic therapists are skilled in a variety of manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release, and stretching. These techniques are used to reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and restore proper movement patterns, facilitating the rehabilitation process and optimizing recovery. 5. Exercise Prescription: Athletic therapists prescribe specific exercises and rehabilitation protocols tailored to the individual's needs, goals, and stage of recovery. These exercises may target strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and proprioception to address underlying imbalances, weaknesses, or deficits and promote optimal function and performance. Benefits of Athletic Therapy may include: - Faster Recovery: Athletic therapy can accelerate the healing process, reduce downtime, and facilitate a quicker return to activity and sport following injury. - Improved Function: Athletic therapy aims to restore optimal function and movement patterns, allowing individuals to perform activities of daily living, work tasks, and sports-related activities with greater ease and efficiency. - Reduced Risk of Re-injury: By addressing underlying imbalances and weaknesses, athletic therapy helps to reduce the risk of re-injury and promote long-term musculoskeletal health and resilience. - Enhanced Performance: Athletic therapy can improve physical performance and athletic ability by optimizing strength, flexibility, mobility, and coordination, helping individuals reach their full potential in sport and exercise.

Overall, Athletic Therapy offers a comprehensive approach to injury prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation, supporting individuals of all ages and activity levels in achieving their health, fitness, and performance goals. Whether recovering from an acute injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking to optimize physical function and performance, individuals can benefit from the specialized care provided by athletic therapists.

Meet Our Athletic Therapists:


William Schudlo

Manual Osteopathic Practitioner

Athletic Therapist

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