What is Athletic Therapy?
The aim of Athletic Therapy (AT) is to promote and maintain the health and physical wellbeing of individuals in all sporting, physical and occupational activities. It has its roots in the training rooms of college and professional sports particularly in the USA but has recently become a driving force in Ireland through its association, Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI). AT’s are formally educated through fulltime four year honours degree accredited programs and are highly skilled healthcare practitioners in the management of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal injury assessment, treatment and particularly rehabilitation. Although AT’s specialise in the area of orthopaedics and sports medicine, the scope of practice covers all other types of injury to do with the musculoskeletal system with many finding employment in centres of education, medical centres and private hospitals.
What is Chartered Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore wellbeing to people following injury, pain or disability. Using knowledge from our extensive scientific background of human anatomy and physiology, Chartered Physiotherapists can help to:Assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people in all ages and social groups.
Assist a patient to prevent injury in the workplace or on the sports field
Promote healthier lifestyles for all
Chartered Physiotherapists use mainly physical means such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, massage and electrical modalities to help patients achieve their full potential. While traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, the profession has expanded greatly into other health care areas. We have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.
Because the scope of the physiotherapy profession is so broad and varied, many Chartered Physiotherapists choose to specialise in one or two particular fields. However, Chartered Physiotherapists are all dedicated to the same goals:To help people achieve their full potential following injury, pain or disability
To provide a health service that is accessible, effective and humanitarian
To continue to undertake scientific research and training to improve our service
To provide a service that is based on high standards of care and practice