Sports Medicine is a general term used for the process of managing the care of athletes who have suffered a sports related injury. This process begins with acute care management on the playing field with an athletic trainer. Some athletes will be referred to a sports medicine physician and may need to be referred to physical therapy for rehabilitation. Atlas Physical Therapy’s licensed athletic trainers and sports medicine physical therapists specialize in helping athletes return to their sport in a safe, effective and efficient manner.
The Atlas Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine experts stay on the leading-edge of advances in diagnosis and treatment. Our expertise makes us the top choice for recreational, collegiate and professional athletes.
We understand how devastating an injury can be and how important it is to get back to activity. Our goal is to help you recover safely and at the highest level of function.
Sports Medicine Services at Atlas Physical Therapy:
- Athletic Training
- Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Manual Therapy
- Exercise Therapy
- Flexibility Training
- Return to Sport Testing
- Functional Movement Screens (FMS)
Is a sports medicine approach different from a traditional physical therapy approach?
Yes, a true sports medicine approach to get an athlete back on the playing field usually involves close communication between the referring physician, the athletic trainer and the physical therapist. Each professional must have a good understanding of the physical demands of your sport in order to ensure a safe return to your sport. At Atlas Physical Therapy, our physical therapists and athletic trainers are educated in how to manage sport injuries from the time they occur on the field, through the rehabilitation process and then return to sport.
What is athletic training?
Athletic Trainers are certified healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and physical therapists to optimize activity and participation of their patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, evaluation, treatment and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. A Certified Athletic Trainer can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Some typical work settings for ATC’s are secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals, clinics and sports medicine facilities, military and law enforcement, performing arts and industrial settings. To become a certified athletic trainer, one must graduate with a minimum of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited professional education program and pass a board certification exam. Most states also require licensure to practice.
From sprains and strains, to concussion and emergency management, Atlas athletic trainers are prepared to respond to any situation and are experts in the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries.
Our Athletic Trainers
- Are certified healthcare professionals
- Are available for both practices and games
- Are able to treat acute injuries
- Work with parents and coaches to assist with an athlete’s overall health and injury prevention
- Serve as liaison between parents, physician and coaches for coordination of care, injury management and safe return to play protocols
- Provide comprehensive concussion management program