Athletic therapy not just for athletes

Massage Therapy Canada staff
June 02, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
While people usually think of sports when talking about athletic activity, most Canadians engage in some form of physical activity every day. Whether it’s lifting an infant into a highchair, running for the bus or bending to reach a fallen sock behind the dryer, people move and exert their bodies constantly – sometimes feeling the pain from those movements.
That’s the idea behind National Athletic Therapy Month this June, an annual reminder that everyone can benefit from the expertise of Canada’s Certified Athletic Therapists. By declaring, “We are all athletes,” the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) hopes to educate Canadians who have sustained an injury to their muscles, bones or joints that a certified athletic therapist can help get them back to work and play.

“While we’re primarily known for our role in helping athletes recover from injury faster and achieve peak performance, our skills can be used to help anyone with an injury,” said Richard DeMont, president of CATA.

“Whether you’re a weekend golfer, an avid gardener or a busy soccer mom, moving without pain or discomfort is an important part of our overall health and well being.”

Being able to translate the knowledge gained from years of treating elite athletes at the highest levels of competitive and professional sports into the needs of all Canadians makes the role of a certified athletic therapist very valuable for injury recovery.

“For professional and elite athletes, the sporting arena is their workplace, and we treat workplace injuries,” said DeMont. “Whether that workplace is a playing field or an office tower makes no difference; we help get people back into their game.”

From injury prevention to emergency care to rehabilitation, certified athletic therapists are committed to assisting all of life’s athletes, CATA said.

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