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's 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 doesn't: 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 Athletic Therapist's scope of practice includes:

  • Injury Prevention:

    • Instruction to individuals on the use and application of commercially made or custom made protective equipment to minimize the risk of injury, illness or health related conditions

    • Provide custom-made devices or properly apply commercially made products in order to provide prophylactic/protective measures to minimize the risk of injury, illness or health related conditions

    • Patient education on risks and corrective actions associated with participation in fitness and sport programs, workplace ergonomics and musculoskeletal injury prevention in both the active lifestyle and workplace settings

    • Facilitate physical conditioning by designing and implementing programs to reduce the risk of injury, illness or health-related conditions

  • Emergency Response and First Aid:

    • Employ life-saving techniques through the use of standard emergency procedures to reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality

    • Prevent exacerbation of non-life threatening conditions through the use of standard procedures to reduce morbidity

    • Provide first aid and standard care to minor injuries

  • Injury Assessment:

    • Formulate an Athletic Therapy diagnosis by interpreting the mechanism of injury; determining signs, symptoms and predisposing factors of an injury, illness or health related condition; performing specific physical, orthopedic or fitness testing in accordance with accepted procedures to assess an injury, illness and/or health related condition

    • Assess for/recognize the potential of a sport related traumatic brain injury/concussion

    • Assess the biomechanical impact of injury, illness or health-related condition to promote ergonomically correct function

    • Reassess the status of injuries, illnesses and/or health-related conditions using standard techniques and documentation to determine appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and/or fitness and reconditioning plans

  • Injury Rehabilitation:

  • Engage in rehabilitative therapy (including electrical, thermal and mechanical modalities) using standard techniques and procedures to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance

  • Administer therapeutic and conditioning exercise(s) using both standard and advanced techniques and procedures to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance either pre- or post-injury or surgical intervention, as well as for general illnesses or conditions related to the musculoskeletal system

  • Educate and provide guidance and/or counseling to patients and individuals in the treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries, illnesses and/or health-related conditions to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance

  • Educate, provide guidance and/or counseling for, and administer appropriate return protocols for patients returning from sport related traumatic brain injuries

**Information taken from the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association Website: www.athletictherapy.org

Contact details: O'Neill Sports Therapy, 2551 Quance St, Regina SK, Phone : 306-546-2558, Fax : 306-546-2564, Cell: 639-571-0844