What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapy is a health care profession dedicated to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all types of musculoskeletal injury.
Athletic Therapists are certified health care professionals who treat bone, ligament, tendon, muscle or joint issues. This includes acute, chronic, age-related and long-term injuries.
Athletic Therapists employ a range of treatment techniques including massage therapy and other soft-tissue therapies, joint mobilizations, therapeutic modalities and exercise rehabilitation. A key component of Athletic Therapy is patient
education. Athletic Therapists help to give you an understanding of why your injury or pain is occurring, how best to treat it and how to prevent re-injury.
They make sure to work with you as a partner in your rehabilitation,
helping you to take control of your health care. They use a holistic approach, focusing on you as a whole person, rather than just your injury. They look to assess and correct your movement patterns to help you to return to your sport or activity
more efficient and stronger than before.
For more information you can visit the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
Claire O’Shea, MS, ATC, CAT(C)
Claire is a health care professional dedicated to the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Originally from the U.K., Claire holds a diploma in Sports Massage Therapy from the London School of Sports Massage and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Rehabilitation from Salford University. After graduating, she worked in various sports medicine clinics and as part of the medical team for Rotherham Titans, a professional rugby union football club. She relocated to the U.S. where she completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Shenandoah University, and subsequently worked as an Athletic Trainer at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She recently became certified to work here in Canada as an Athletic Therapist. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients; from elite athletes to elderly active persons. Claire’s treatment philosophy centres on working as a partner with her patients, to educate and to help them take control of their health care. She employs a variety of treatment techniques, with a focus on manual therapy and tailored rehabilitation programs. She enjoys helping people return to the sports and activities that they love.