What even IS athletic therapy?
So, you've got some aches and pains, or maybe your body just isn't allowing you do to do everything you want to do in life. And someone out there suggested you see an athletic therapist...which sounds great...but what does that even mean?
Athletic Therapists are experts in assessment and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Athletic Therapists follow the sports medicine model of care, and strive to use an active approach to get you moving again.
This in no way means that you have to be a "professional athlete" to benefit from seeing an AT. In their own way, everyone is an athlete, because we all bend, lift, twist, walk, run, climb and jump - just at varying degrees and levels. Basically - if you're a living, breathing person, athletic therapy can be an option for you. The process will likely be different if you're a weekend warrior vs. a professional athlete vs. someone who's never been physically active beyond daily living activities. BUT - the end goal will always be the same - return you to pre-injury level and beyond, with tools to minimize risk of re-injury and further damage.
As you make your way around my website, you'll see the that the scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist is quite large. I'm quite passionate about continued learning and continuously seek out more information to keep up to date, since medicine is a quickly evolving field. I've developed a unique treatment model, and am excited to share it.
One of the best parts of my job is that if I can't help you (which I will always be honest about), I've got a network of colleagues of other professionals who I can work with, and learn from myself. Along with general thoughts on athletic therapy and training, I'm going get into some specific posts about other practitioner types who I work with on a regular basis (shout to to physio, massage, osteo, chiro and sport md!).
Whether you're experience a new or old injury, Athletic Therapists are certified (after a 4 year degree, 1200 practicum hours, and a National Certification Exam consisting of written and practical components) to help you get back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible.
Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of my clinic locations for more information and if you'd like to set up a time to meet and get you where you want to be!