A Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), is a healthcare professional who specializes in the prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of injuries. Athletic therapy involves the assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, both clinically and on the field of play.
On the field, athletic therapists are the first to respond when an injury occurs, are experts at evaluating the nature and severity of an injury, and are skilled in making decisions about safe return to play.
Clinically, athletic therapists assist in restoring function and preparing the individual for a safe return to their pre-injury lifestyle and avoiding injury in the future. Athletic therapy is an active, contemporary approach to rehabilitation, which includes patient education, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, and targeted exercises to ensure musculoskeletal stability and function. The athletic therapy philosophy of proactive rehabilitation provides for a fast and safe return to activity.
The St. Andrew’s College Athletic Therapy Clinic also provides an opportunity for student athletic therapists from accredited athletic therapy programs to apply their academic knowledge in clinical and field placements. Our student athletic therapists will work with several teams throughout their co-op placement and will assist with on-field game coverage and clinical assessment and rehabilitation.