What exactly is athletic therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists oversee the care and safety of athletes at all levels of competition. Their vast knowledge of the musculoskeletal system – your bones, muscles, and joints – provide the skills to treat on-site injuries while assessing the damage on the fly. Additionally, a CAT works to help restore functionality and ensure proper recovery from sustained injuries.
Certified Athletic Therapists aim to return clients to their usual, everyday activities. As a result, these professionals are essential in the athletic world.
Nancy Spence looks after our athletes
Nancy Spence is a Certified Athletic Therapist at Action Rehab Therapy. Spence graduated from the Sports Injury Management Program at Sheridan College and is part of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Spence continues to use her vast knowledge and extensive education to oversee the health and safety of our athletes.
Currently, Spence looks after the Stayner Siskins Junior C Hockey Club. Before her work in Stayner, Spence worked as Head Therapist for the Burlington Barracudas and aided the McMaster Men’s Varsity Soccer team from 1998 until 2008. Additionally, Spence stays involved in Provincial and National Summer & Winter Games.
Further, Spence continues honing her craft through workshops while attending annual conferences.
But that’s not all. Moreover, Spence has also graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, obtaining a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice.
What makes CAT's different from ordinary sports therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists don’t just aid their patients with an injury. Consequently, these professionals put equal emphasis on exercise for rehabilitation. The process doesn’t stop after the injury is assessed. Moreover, a Certified Athletic Therapist works with the client until functionality returns to normal.
As a result, becoming a CAT requires additional schooling and credentials to earn the title.
Ultimately, our athletes would be worse for wear without the tireless efforts of Certified Athletic Therapists. Provided that sports organizations fairly compensate these professionals, their athletes will be well taken care of.
In short, Certified Athletic Therapy is the bridge between elite athletic play and long-term health & safety.
Written By: Christian Mota- Pyette