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Careers In Athletic Therapy

Athletic Therapists are employed by private injury rehabilitation clinics; other public and private medical facilities including the corporate sector; professional, national, and/or recreational sport organizations; and high school and post-secondary educational institutions.  Examples of opportunities include the following:

  • Clinicians – work in a fee for service clinic treating a variety of injuries and condition such as assessment and rehabilitation as well developing conditioning programs for people from all walks of life.
  • Emergency first responders
  • Educators, lecturers, instructors and researchers
  • Non-physician experts
  • Insurance case managers
  • Ergonomic assessors
  • Rehabilitation exercise experts
  • Work with varsity athletes and provide expertise on injury prevention, emergency and acute care, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries and develop conditioning programs.
  • Work with professional teams such as the NHL, CFL, NBA, NWHL, NLL and professional dance companies. Athletic Therapists are responsible for injury prevention, emergency and acute care, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries and development of conditioning programs.
  • Work with national athletes and be part of their ongoing care. Athletic Therapists either work directly with the team and may be part of the medical team for games such as: Olympic, Pan Am, Universiade, Commonwealth, Canada Games, etc.
  • Sales and marketing for performance and rehabilitation brands
  • Municipal government and industrial workplaces

Athletic Therapists may work in conjunction with other healthcare, fitness, and wellness professionals such as physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dentists, optometrists, pedorthists, nurses, biomechanists, homeopaths, osteopathic manual therapists, acupuncturists, psychologists, nutritionists/dieticians, personal trainers, and strength coaches.