Athletic Therapy FAQ’s

Athletic Therapy FAQ’s

  1. Can I still see an athletic therapist if I am not a competitive athlete?

Absolutely. The primary reason to see an athletic therapist is to safely return to your activities of daily living and physical activity under the guidance of a health care professional. Athletic therapy can be adapted to everyone, and to every level of activity.

  1. If I am not an athlete how will an athletic therapist help me?

An athletic therapists primary responsibilities are; injury prevention, immediate care, and ongoing rehabilitation.  In a clinical setting it is rare for an acute injury to occur.  Most of the time spent in the clinic is dedicated to preventing injuries or working with old injuries.  Regardless of your state of health there is always something to be gained by seeing a professional, who takes the times to observe and treat from a client centered perspective.   This model can be applied to children, elderly, and people from all walks of life


  1. What makes an athletic therapist different from other rehabilitation professionals?

Athletic therapy programs in Canada have a clear, consistent focus on orthopaedic injury during the four years of full-time course work. During the practical component of the program, students must spend a minimum of 1200 hours working with sports teams, and with orthopaedic injuries in a clinical setting. As a result, a certified athletic therapist begins his or her career with more experience in sports injury rehabilitation than any other professional in the industry. This specialization makes athletic therapy unique, and is the reason why athletic therapists are the personnel consistently chosen by professional sports organizations across Canada and the United States.

  1. Do I need to be injured or in pain to see an athletic therapist?

The short answer is no.  Part of the scope of an athletic therapist is the prevention of injury.  If you have any questions in regards to posture, exercise, or optimal health, an athletic therapist can help you.

  1. What type of clothing should I wear to my appointments?

To your first appointment, please bring a pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt or tank top, as your initial visit will include postural assessment and orthopaedic testing.


  1. Do I have to exercise?

Athletic therapy treatment does not have to entail exercise.  Depending on your injury you may or may not be given exercises as follow up home care.


  1. Does my insurance cover me?

There are many providers within British Columbia which provide coverage for athletic therapy.  Look at your insurance coverage, and you may be surprised to find you have coverage!  Below is a list of insurance providers which, depending on your plan, may have athletic therapy included.  As of January 1st 2019, worksafe BC will be extending benefits to include Athletic therapy $500 per year.  In addition to this, the Chamber of Commerce will be including coverage for Athletic therapy as of January 1st, 2019, and is connected through Telus health allowing for direct billing.  The field of Athletic therapy is consistently making inroads into the medical community.  If you do not have coverage and wish to request your provider or employer, fill out one of these forms – request provider – request employer

List of insurance companies providing Athletic therapy coverage in BC

All Sport Insurance Marketing

Canadian Hockey Association



Great West Life




Chamber of commerce (Jan 1st, 2019)

Worksafe (Jan 1st, 2019)


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