What is a Certified Athletic Therapist?
A Certified Athletic Therapist is a highly qualified health professional who has earned a degree specific to the profession from one of seven accredited post-secondary institutions in Canada. At Sheridan College, the program consists of four years of full-time study. Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy).
A certified athletic therapist has successfully completed the CATA national certification examination, and has been awarded the credential CAT(C) by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. In the province of Ontario, athletic therapists are qualified to join the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, and can hold the title of Registered Kinesiologist (R.Kin.).
An athletic therapist is devoted to the health care of the physically active individual, and is responsible for the prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Learn more about Athletic Therapy
Certified Athletic Therapists excel at providing rehabilitation programs geared toward a safe return to sport and the activities of daily living. Time spent with an athletic therapist includes assessment of the physical injury or condition, hands-on manual therapy to mobilize the structures involved, and therapeutic exercises.
Therapeutic exercises are chosen specifically for the rehabilitation of an injury diagnosed by your physician. This type of exercise restores function to the injured tissues and safely rebuilds your fitness foundation. It includes elements of:
- Core Strength
- Balance and Proprioception
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Safe Exercise Progression
- Return to Sport Preparation