WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ATHLETIC THERAPY (AT) & PHYSIOTHERAPY (PT)?
AT and PT are two distinct professional designations. The formal education of the AT is entirely in the area of assessment and rehabilitation of sports specific injuries and conditions that affect muscles, bones, and joints. Their specialization lies in musculoskeletal injuries sustained through physical activity, this covers a wide range of individuals from manual labourers to high performance athletes. That training is augmented with injury prevention, supportive taping, and emergency care for on-field work with teams. They possess additional training in exercise physiology and strength and conditioning to re-train athletes to pre-injury performance levels or conditioning programs for injury prevention.
The Physiotherapist’s formal education is more broad in the rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular disorders. For a PT will have to specialize in sports specific orthopaedics to the extent of an AT, a PT would need certification as a Level III Sports Physiotherapist.