Athletic Therapy

Athletic Therapy

Help athletes at any level become champions. The therapy you provide could be the final piece of the puzzle for an athlete to reach the podium — help them reach their top potential of physical activity. Over the course of 4 years, the Athletic Therapy major provides a comprehensive approach to physical activity, health and wellness. The skills and knowledge you will acquire will provide you with a well-rounded education that will expand your career and/or education options at a graduate or professional level.

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Practical experience

Throughout each year of the four-year program, experiential learning components in- and outside the classroom will allow you to put theory into practice and gain the valuable skills that will support you later on in your career. A fourth-year capstone course will help to bring your learning together and prepare you for the workforce or graduate studies.

Certification

The Athletic Therapy program is designed to meet accreditation requirements of the Canadian Council of Undergraduate Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA), the body that ensures quality and consistency in physical education degrees in Canada. Graduates will also be eligible to pursue certification from the Canadian Association of Athletic Therapists (CATA).

You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in:

  • assessment
  • injury prevention and treatment
  • therapeutic modalities
  • rehabilitation techniques
  • clinical management and administration

The Athletic Therapy major maintains a balance of General Education courses as well as work experience components, which gives students the option to add a minor to complement this major.

Career choices

Athletic therapists can find work at clinics, hospitals, wellness facilities, schools, with sports teams, manual laborers, and even the corporate sector. Some graduates may even start their own businesses.

Your job title will be:

Certified Athletic Therapist

  • help prevent injuries for athletes and active Canadians through education and preventative training.
  • help injured people return to a healthy life through such treatments as stretching, exercising, massage, joint mobilization, hot/cold compresses and ultrasound.
  • help athletes deal effectively with their injuries so they can get off of the sidelines. You will teach athletes how to prevent injury, assess and heal the injury while developing a plan to prevent the return of the injury.

Many certified athletic therapists pursue other credentials to enhance their skills, such as certified fitness appraiser, physiotherapist, medical doctor, strength and conditioning specialist, registered massage therapist, Alberta fitness leadership certification and emergency medical responder/paramedic.

Research opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in research in this growing field. Recent studies have focused on:

  • assessment and treatment of injuries
  • epidemiology and injury prevention
  • concussion
  • medical education