Who does Athletic Therapy benefit?
Athletic Therapy is beneficial for a variety of people, especially those who have tried other professions but have had no success. However, an AT is ideal for the following three groups within the active population:
1) The "Weekend Warrior": This is an individual who hasn't played sports or participated in activities for years and decides to go out and play in a weekend tournament of Baseball or Touch Football or even Beer-League Hockey and injures themselves in the process (usually due to poor conditioning and fitness , as well as decreased flexibility)
2) The Active Individual: This individual has been active most of their lives (such as Runners, Cyclists, Martial Artists, Paddlers etc), continuously participating in activity or team sports. They normally injure themselves through trauma, overuse and/or regular training and require some maintenance work to get them back on their feet.
3) The Elite Athlete: These individuals can range from Marathoners, Ironman Triathletes, Competitive Body Builders or Dancers, Junior Hockey Players, to National Level & Professional Athletes. They participate at a high level of performance or team sport with a great deal of abuse to their bodies on a regular basis. They are usually in need of constant maintenance work, as well as the treatment of some severe injuries that need rapid rehabilitation in order to return to play as quickly and as safely as possible.
Athletic Therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of the following injuries (chronic or acute), just to name a few:
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Bursitis, Tendonitis & Tendonosis
- Contusions (Bruises)
- Disc Herniations & Sciatica
- Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Ilio-Tibial Band (ITB) Friction Syndrome
- Post-Op Rehabilitation (Shoulder, ACL, Achilles etc)
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Muscle Spasms