We sat down with two athletic therapists to answer a few questions to help you understand more about what athletic therapy is.
What do members need to know about athletic therapy?
Athletic therapists are musculoskeletal specialists. They take care of ligaments, tendons, bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. We assess and look at discrepancies of the musculoskeletal system and use manual therapy skills to treat mal-alignments. We use exercises to stretch the muscles that need lengthening and strengthen the weak muscles. Therapists look at the whole body when treating an injury to address not only the symptoms but also the cause. Each assessment and treatment is one hour in length. Clients get results much more quickly by having that amount of time with hands-on therapy.
How is athletic therapy different than physiotherapy?
Our educational focus is on musculoskeletal assessments, treatments, prophylactic taping, return to activities testing, and manual (hands-on) therapy techniques. Our focus is on helping people get back to activities they love as quickly as possible. Patients do not leave our care until they can return to their activities with confidence in their movement.
Why do you think athletic therapy is such a great fit within World Health?
Members who are injured, but want to continue to work out, can one-stop shop and continue to train while being treated for their injury. Having a specialist there to educate on prevention of injury is also beneficial. If emergency situations happen, an athletic therapist is on-site to immediately assess the injury and often help alleviate pain right away. We also can provide on-the-spot advice to personal trainers seeking options for their clients with injuries or health conditions.
How does the collaboration between athletic therapists and personal trainers work?
It is a huge advantage for the client to be able to access athletic therapy in the same building as their personal trainer. The client has with less travel time, less time spent in another clinic, and more direct communication between the two professionals involved in their program. With the ability of the trainer to be present for the client’s athletic therapy assessment, the client and personal trainer each have more confidence incorporating rehabilitative exercises prescribed by the athletic therapist into the personal training program. Clients rarely miss a beat in their fitness progress because of this collaboration.
Athletic Therapy allows World Health to provide a complete fitness and health experience to members. Please approach the athletic therapist in your club to find out more.