Question: What is Certified Athletic Therapist?
Answer: Certified Athletic Therapists are healthcare clinicians and paramedical (emergency responder) professionals, with an expertise in musculoskeletal conditions that provide comprehensive and consistent care from initial injury all the way to safe and full return to activity in all areas of life.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Athletic therapists must have fulfilled academic and practical requirements as governed by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. They must also undergo stringent education and testing standards in order to certify at the national level.
Question: Does my insurance cover this service?
Answer: Many insurance companies in Alberta cover Athletic Therapy such as;
- Alberta Blue Cross (via Health Spending Account)
- Canadian Life Assurance
- CHA Health
- Citadel Assurance
- The Economical Insurance Group
- Equitable Life of Canada
- Great West Life
- Green Shield Canada
- Industrial-Alliance Pacific
- Liberty Health
- Manulife Financial
- Premiere Life
- Standard Life
A full up to date list can be found on the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association insurance section. Many sport organizations also have insurance programs tied to them that cover Athletic Therapy as well.
Question: I am not an "athlete", can I still be treated in your clinic?
Answer: Absolutely! We have always welcomed anyone who is trying to get pain free and back to any type of activity into our clinic in order to help them. Whether you're a national team athlete or just someone who wants to run around with their kids/grandkids and not be in pain, we would love to help you reach your goals.