- Employ life-saving techniques through the use of standard emergency procedures to reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality
- Prevent exacerbation of non-life threatening conditions through the use of standard procedures to reduce morbidity
- Engage in rehabilitative therapy (including electrical, thermal and mechanical modalities) using standard techniques and procedures to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance
- Administer therapeutic and conditioning exercise(s) using both standard and advanced techniques and procedures to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance either pre- or post-injury or surgical intervention, as well as for general illnesses or conditions related to the musculoskeletal system
- Educate and provide guidance and/or counseling to patients and individuals in the treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries, illnesses and/or health-related conditions to facilitate recovery, function and/or performance
- Educate, provide guidance and/or counseling for, and administer appropriate return protocols for patients returning from sport related traumatic brain injuries.
- Formulate an Athletic Therapy diagnosis by interpreting the mechanism of injury; determining signs, symptoms and predisposing factors of an injury, illness or health related condition; performing specific physical, orthopedic or fitness testing in accordance with accepted procedures to assess an injury, illness and/or health related condition
- Assess for/recognize the potential of a sport related traumatic brain injury/concussion
- Assess the biomechanical impact of injury, illness or health-related condition to promote ergonomically correct function
- Reassess the status of injuries, illnesses and/or health-related conditions using standard techniques and documentation to determine appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and/or fitness and reconditioning plans
An Athletic Therapist (AT) optimizes the ability of professional, amateur and recreational athletes to perform at their best through sport specific training, injury prevention and rehabilitation for rapid return to work or play.
An Athletic Therapist also understands and works in occupational and industrial settings to enhance the health and performance of individuals in the work force.