What is Athletic Therapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists are musculoskeletal experts that specialize in orthopaedic assessment and rehabilitation of all physical injuries. Certified Athletic Therapists provide a unique service specializing in extensive hands-on and manual approaches that are coupled with active and individualized therapeutic return to physical activity. Athletic Therapy Services are targeted towards, but are not limited to people with musculoskeletal injuries that may be active individuals, injured workers, recreational athletes, professional athletes and competitive amateur athletes.
In summary, Certified Athletic Therapists are highly trained professionals who focus on rapidly returning you to work, sport, and play after an acute or chronic physical injury.
How can it help me?
Therapy will help you get back to doing what you love. Whether you are dealing with an acute traumatic injury or long-term chronic pain and/or stiffness, we help you return to work, sport, and/or play faster.
What does a typical session look like?
Each 1 hour session includes an injury assessment, treatment of the injury site and the affected joints above and below, and exercise prescription. The first appointment typically takes 1.5 hours, because a full medical history will be taken and a postural allignment test will be performed. Each subsequent visit after that takes approximately 1 hour.
At Play It Forward Sports Therapy we offer one-on-one assessments to create individualized treatment that utilize contemporary, holistic and traditional evidence based techniques such as soft tissue release, muscle energy technique, myofascial release, aromatherapy, Each treatment session and home exercise plan is activity based and sport specific to the sports/activities you enjoy doing!
Is this treatment covered by my insurance company?
In British Columbia, several insurance companies have already realized the benefits of including Athletic Therapy services. Although the following Insurance Companies accept billing for Athletic Therapy, please contact your insurer prior to receiving services as each policy will vary according to individualized employee benefits packages.
Here is an updated list of all insurance companies who currently cover Athletic Therapy in British Columbia and Alberta:
• Alberta Blue Cross (via Health Spending Account)
• Canadian Life Assurance
• CHA Health
• Citadel Assurance
• The Economical Insurance Group
• Equitable Life of Canada
• Great West Life
• Green Shield Canada
• Industrial-Alliance Pacific
• Liberty Health
• Manulife Financial
• Premiere Life
• Reliable Life
• Standard Life
Other organizations/companies who currently cover Athletic Therapy
• Canadian Athlete Insurance Program
• Canadian Hockey Association
• National and provincial members of Hockey/Volleyball/Basketball/Rugby/Baseball/Soccer Canada
• Air Canada
• Pratt & Whitney
• Canada Post
If your benefits package currently does not cover Athletic Therapy, please download the following sample letter below to send to the Human Resources department of your company or your Insurance Company directly, to request them to add Athletic Therapy to your benefits package.