Athletic Therapy: Scope of Practice


An Athletic Therapist is dedicated to providing services to the active individual that includes the prevention, immediate care, and ongoing rehabilitation of injuries.

Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, warm-up, conditioning programs. prophylactic or supportive taping, equipment selection, fitting and repair, and adapting the individual to the activity, environment, and facilities.



The immediate care of the athletic injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist includes injury assessment, basic emergency life support, recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction, provision of first aid, preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delivery systems, and utilization of techniques to facilitate a safe return to participation.

A Certified Athletic Therapist utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.

In cooperation with all performance enhancement personnel and members of the health care delivery team, the Athletic Therapist is an integral part of a total service to maximize the performance and welfare of the individual. Concomitant with the execution of their role, the Athletic Therapist nurtures an attitude of positive health.

 
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