Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic.
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, modalities, exercise prescriptions 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. https://athletictherapy.org/en
As Athletic Therapists, we treat and prevent any musculoskeletal pathology or injury. This includes: chronic low back pain, acute low back pain, achilles tendinopathies, plantar fasciopathy, sprained ankles, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, calcific tendinopathies (supraspinatus tendon), shoulder pain ("shoulder impingement", now known as subacromial pain syndrome), AC joint sprain, should instability, neck pain, cervicogenic headaches, mid back pain, osteoarthritis, pre and post-surgical patients (ACL, HTO, hip and knee replacements), and much much more!
As an Athletic Therapist, in addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, Athletic Therapists must complete the Athletic Therapy program at one of nine CATA-accredited institutions in Canada, including on-field and in-clinic practical training. Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate and, after graduating, must successfully pass the National Certification Examination.
The scope of practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist starts with in-depth knowledge, education, and training in the areas of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and basic emergency care.
Physiotherapy is a regulated health profession in Canada. Physiotherapists in Canada now must obtain a Master's degree in the field of physiotherapy and complete the Physiotherapy Competency Exam to become registered physiotherapists. Physiotherapists have a broader scope of practice than Athletic Therapists and are trained to work with neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory patients and pathologies.
Before arriving for your first appointment, you should receive an email from our software, JaneApp, with an initial intake form. Filling this out before you come in will ensure we can use all of the time efficiently. The first visit will be spent completing an initial assessment. This includes questions about the history of the injury followed by an objective assessment which may include testing strength, flexibility, coordination, movement assessment, gait, reflexes, special tests, etc. This gives us a baseline of your current status as well as provides us with information to create the most effective treatment plan. After completing the initial assessment, we will educate you, talk about goals, allow you to ask any questions you may have, use manual therapy and modalities as needed, and prescribe a home exercise plan tailored to your needs.
Yes, we do! Jessica, our physiotherapy resident, is currently taking new physiotherapy patients at this time.
A referral or prescription is not required for an appointment at DTRC, however, some insurance companies may require this.
Insurance providers, including Great West Life, Standard Life, Blue Cross, Hockey Canada, Desjardin, Claimsecure, Sun Life, Reliable Life Insurance Co, Manulife, Empire Life, Greensheild, and Canadian Athlete Insurance Plan do offer Athletic Therapy in extended health benefits packages. However, check your individual extended health benefits to see if Athletic Therapy is covered.
The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association has created these templates to help request the addition of Athletic Therapy to your extended medical plan.
● Great West Life
● Standard Life
● Blue Cross
● Hockey Canada
● Claim Secure
● Sun Life
● Reliable Life Insurance Co.
● Empire Life
Please call and check with your insurance provider to see if Athletic Therapy, Physiotherapy, or Registered Massage Therapy is covered under your plan.
At this time, we only direct bill Cambrian College students, as well as Laurentian University (SGA) students with a physician's note.
We are currently located at 1543 Paris Street in the South End of Sudbury. We are located in the same building as JD's Smokehouse and Paris Laundromat. We are located at the back of the building and have parking available at the back.
We currently accept VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, debit, e-transfer, and cash, or you can set up a credit card online on JaneApp.
At this time, we are not accepting WSIB or Motor Vehicle Insurance patients.