Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association

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We are a non-profit organization mandated to govern the profession of Athletic Therapy in Manitoba.

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When Should You See An Athletic Therapist?

Long waiting times for health care may cause challenges when timely treatment is crucial to recovery. Athletic Therapists offer prevention and care when it’s needed.

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Athletic Therapy Job Postings

Read the latest postings for Athletic Therapy jobs in Manitoba!

Athletic Therapy & Telerehabilitation

The MATA has understandably been receiving many questions from members regarding Telerehabilitation and how to implement this practice.  Please read the following information carefully to better understand the process and policies associated with facilitating treatment via Telerehabilitation.  Please start by reviewing the Telerehabilitation Resource Guide for Athletic Therapy which was developed by the MATA.  From our research, the technological platforms do comply with the regulations outlined are Zoom, Jane, Embodia and Physitrack.
 
Click Here to Access the Telerehabilitation Resource Guide for Athletic Therapy

A note from BMS - 

There is no exclusion under the professional liability policies for claims arising from tele-practice services/consults. When delivering tele-practice services and in order for your insurance coverage to apply, you must abide by the professional regulations in your jurisdiction (for instance, the province in which you reside) and in the jurisdiction where your patient is located. Please see the brochure attached regarding telehealth. This will provide some insight and guidance on how to manage this new service model. I've also attached a brochure on cyber coverage, this may be of interest to those who are providing e-services.  Please see the links below for more information:

A note from Blue Cross - 

If telehealth services are within the scope of practice for an athletic therapy provider in Manitoba, the services are eligible for reimbursement.

A Notice from MPI - COVID-19

Please note the following from MB Public Insurance:

1. Please notify the MATA office at mata@sportmanitoba.ca if you have closed your clinic/practice at this time, or if you do so at any time in the future.

2. No NEW MPI assessments may be completed via Telerehabilitation, this platform may ONLY be used for subsequent visits.  If a subsequent visit is facilitated via telerehabilitation, it MUST be noted on the invoice submitted to MPI.

3. Telerehabilitation must be completed on a secure platform and must comply with regulations.  More information of specfic regulations will be sent out ASAP.

Please contact the MATA office with any questions at mata@sportmanitoba.ca.

MATA Membership Renewal Extension & COVID-19 Recommendations

The MATA continues to keep up to date on the ever changing developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As this is an unprecedented and challenging time for our members, the MATA will be extending the membership renewal deadline to April 20, 2020.  This extension aims ease some of the burden on our members to complete their membership renewal for the 2020-21 membership year.

The MATA would like to emphasize that members and clinic owners should do their own risk assessment and determine what is best for individuals, patients and staff moving forward.  Should clinics choose to stay open, please ensure that diligent measures are taken including:

- Thorough cleaning of all equipment in between each patient
- Spacing of patients to allow for gaps in between appointments
- Pre-screening of patients over the phone as well as upon arrival into the clinic to determine if clients have travelled abroad in the past 14 days and/or are exhibiting any symptoms
- Limiting hands on treatment to a minimum where possible
- The use of gloves where applicable/necessary

The MATA recognizes that decisions being made with respect to COVID-19 come with consequences: personal, financial and ethical and these are very challenging times.  If you have specific questions moving forward, please contact the MATA at mata@sportmanitoba.ca.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updates and information for Athletic Therapists

March 13, 2020

The MATA is actively reviewing and assessing relevant information for athletic therapists related to the 2019-2020 Novel Coronavirus infection. Check back for additional information as the situation evolves.

Possible transmission routes for COVID-19 in Athletic Therapy clinics/treatment
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Common transmission routes are direct transmission (inhalation of respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing) and contact transmission (touching surfaces that have been contaminated by droplets or aerosols and then touching one’s face).
Steps to Prevent Illness – Take steps to protect yourself and your clients
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid Touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Ensure clinic spaces are kept as clean as possible, ensuring that all equipment, doors and handles, bathrooms, etc are wiped down often or where possible, after every use.
Optional Client screening procedure
Screen clients prior to their appointments, both when confirming and in-clinic:
  • Ask whether they have travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside Canada in the last 21 days. Reschedule the appointment as required.
  • Remind clients that if they have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they should cancel/reschedule their appointments and see a medical professional
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and encourage its use by all clients upon arrival.
Outbreak update
Refer to the Government of Canada for the latest on the current situation and the risk to Canadians.

Guidance for health professionals
Refer to the Government of Canada’s updates on what health professionals need to know about coronaviruses, the spectrum of illness, transmission, detection and reporting, infection prevention and control, and treatment. Health professionals in Canada have a critical role to play in identifying, reporting and managing potential cases of novel coronavirus infection.

World Health Organization – Coronavirus

The MATA will continue to provide updates as they are available.

MTAM Spring Conference

MTAM Spring Conference
April 25 & 26, 2020


Registration is now open!


Check out the great courses including Marketing your Healthcare Business, Scar Tissue Release, Axial Joint Mobilizations, and Assessment and Rehab of the Hip & Knee!
http://mtamconference.com/courses/

Registration Page
http://mtamconference.com/registration/

NEW ~ Sip 'n Shop Reception
Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Be there for the taping of the 2 Massage Therapists and a Microphone Podcast
as they discuss all things Massage Therapy, Health, Wellness, and Fitness.

Sport First Responder Recertification Course

Instructor: Ben Trunzo M.Sc. CAT(C)
Red Cross authorized Professional Responder Instructor

Course Dates: Fri.  March 27, 2020   5:30 – 9:30
                         Sat. March 28, 2020    8:30 – 4:30
 
NB: This Canadian Red Cross First Responder certification course is intended for certified athletic therapists (includes certification candidates) or sport physiotherapists only and requires pre course theory preparation. The pre course study information to follow within 1 week of my receiving a confirmed registration.
                      
Location: University of Winnipeg Duckworth Center Room OD65
RE-CERTIFICATION cost: $300.00 (MATA member); $350.00 (non-MATA members)
 
NB: Confirm registration with payment by March 16, 2020.
NB: All Recertification registration must include a copy of current card (valid). Not needed if you did the course at the U of Winnipeg.  There are limited openings (max 12) available for this course. Registration is on a first come first served basis.
 

Upper Mulligan Course Offering

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2020
Location: Sport Manitoba (145 Pacific Ave)
Cost: $450/participant
CEUs: 6.0
Instructor:  Jim Millard  BSc(PT), DipMT(CAN), FCAMT, MCTA, CMP

Course Description:This two-day course presents the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the Cervical and Thoracic spine as well as for the upper extremity. It includes lecture, patient demonstrations, and lab time to give the participants a thorough and in depth coverage of the Mobilization With Movement approach for the upper quarter.

This unique approach to manual therapy was discovered and developed by Brian Mulligan F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T. from Wellington, New Zealand. This simple yet effective manual approach addresses musculoskeletal disorders with pain free manual joint “repositioning” techniques for restoration of function and abolition of pain.

Additional course information can be found at:
http://bmulligan.com/courses/descriptions-curriculum
Limited spots available!  Sign up today to secure your attendance! 

Hiring: Certified Athletic Therapist with Myofascial Release

Hiring: Certified Athletic Therapist with Myofascial Release
Wage: $20-25/hour

The University of Manitoba is looking for a Certified Athletic Therapist with the following qualifications to work on a
research study:

• Is a certified athletic therapist within the Province of Manitoba
• Has a minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a CAT(C)
• Has continuing education training in myofascial release techniques and uses these
techniques frequently within their practice

Click here for more info

SOFT TISSUE RELEASE WORKSHOP


Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22, 2020
Winnipeg, MB
University of Winnipeg
(9:00 – 5:00)

Cost
Professional: $485.00
Students: $275.00 (Special rate for University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba Athletic Therapy students and University of Manitoba Physiotherapy students)

CEU’s:
The Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association (6.0)
The Massage Therapists Association of Manitoba

BLS Update & Certification Course Scheduled

MATA is pleased to offer a Basic Life Support course to members scheduled as follows:

University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre
Tuesday, January 28 - 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

The cost to attend is $40/person

Please email mata@sportmanitoba.ca or call 204-925-5930 to register.  The course will be capped at 20 registrants so do not delay in registering!

Skywalk Health Hiring!


Skywalk Health is Hiring!

Part time or full time athletic therapist wanted to join our multidisciplinary team for February 1st!

Skywalk Health is conveniently located in downtown Winnipeg inside Portage Place Shopping Centre and next to the downtown YMCA.  We serve a variety of clients in government, financial services, and students.

Administrative staff handles all insurance billing, marketing, customer service, and laundry.  Clinic supplies linens, oils, equipment, etc.  Providers work as a team to coordinate care for a mix of acute, wellness, and athletic performance cases.

Applicants to submit there resume to hello@skywalkhealth.ca!