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HEALTH ATHLETIC THERAPY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY


What’s the Difference?


< BY RUSSELL GUNNER, C.A.T. (C) > U


nfortunately, in many sports, injuries are part and parcel of participation. There are few athletes who can truthfully say that they have never experienced an injury somewhere along the line. But who should you see to help re-


lieve your symptoms and get you back to your sport or exercise regimen as quickly as possible? Many athletes are simply unaware of the multitude of resources available to them when an injury occurs. These therapy options include Athletic Therapy (A.T.), Physiotherapy (P.T.), see- ing a Chiropractor or perhaps another alternative form of therapy such as acupuncture or osteopathy. This ar- ticle will focus on Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy. Several times a day people come into my office and call me a physio, or they tell a friend they are going to physio as opposed to saying “I am going for therapy”. I will usually correct them, pointing out that I not a Phys- iotherapist but a Certified Athletic Therapist, but they are often unsure of the difference.


Certified or Registered? For starters, an Athletic Therapist belongs to an or- ganization called the Canadian Athletic Therapists Asso- ciation (C.A.T.A.), while a Physiotherapist belongs to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (C.P.A.). An A.T.


We are conditioned to refer to our sports injury treatment as “physio” when in fact, this is often


NOT the treatment we are receiving for the injury.


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