Athletic Therapy Calgary

What is Athletic Therapy (AT)?

The scope of practice of a certified athletic therapist includes the assessment, prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection, fitting and repair, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic taping, and adapting to the activity, environment and facilities.

An athletic therapist assesses injuries and conditions, utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle. - CATA Website

At Prairie, following your assessment, you are given a customized exercise program that targets your specific biomechanical issues. You will receive information to help you visualize and understand the significance of gait, stability and posture.

How is AT at Prairie Therapy different?

At Prairie Therapy, our athletic therapists are highly experienced professionals who have worked with a wide range of sports teams and players - from weekend warriors to professional hockey players to Olympic gold medalists. Some of these include: the Abbortsford Heat (AHL team), University of Alberta and University of Calgary varsity athletic teams, Canadian Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and much more. 

Furthermore, many of our athletic therapists have cross-trained as other professions, including osteopathic manual therapy. Trust your rehab to the professionals who work with the professionals!

Prairie Therapy Athletic Therapists

Do I need a Doctor's referral or prescription?

No, you do not need a physician’s referral to see an athletic therapist. Your insurance company may request a physician’s referral in order to process your claim.

Will my extended healthcare pay for athletic therapy?

Yes, most extended health care providers have coverage for athletic therapy. However, all policies are different - some may cover only a certain percentage and there is usually a maximum limit. We recommend you check your policy or contact your provider to confirm what services are available to you.

Although athletic therapy is usually covered by extended healthcare, at this time no insurance will accept direct billing for AT. We will provide you with a receipt which you submit to your insurance company, who will then reimburse you.

Can I get my treatment covered by WCB or Alberta Health?

No, at this time Prairie Therapy does not have a contract with WCB or AHS.


How is athletic therapy different from physiotherapy?

Athletic Therapy uses the sports medicine model of rehabilitation. It does not include the study of respiratory, neurological or cardiac rehabilitation. At Prairie Therapy, we work as a team and our Physios and AT’s work closely together and treat similarly. Call and speak with one of our team members if you have questions and aren’t sure what option is best for you.