Certified Athletic Therapy
Athletic Therapists are:
-experts in the areas of injury assessment and rehabilitation, emergency care, education, total active care
The CATA certification process is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system. To achieve the status of Certified Athletic Therapist, a candidate must first meet the academic requirements of a CATA approved Athletic Therapy curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited post secondary institution.
The CATA requires an internship of at least 1200 hours of practical experience under supervision of a Certified Athletic Therapist. Once these criteria are met, a candidate is qualified to attempt the comprehensive written exam where a minimum grade of 70 percent is required to pass. The final step is a practical exam covering emergency care, supportive taping/bracing, modalities, injury assessment and rehabilitation. All certification candidates are required to have a valid First Responder, EMR, or Industrial First Aid certificate when applying for the CATA written or practical exam. A First Responder, EMR, or Industrial First Aid certificate must also be valid at the time of the actual exam.
After successful completion of the exam, candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C) and the privileges associated with this recognition.
Athletic Therapists are currently employed in many sport medicine settings including:
Universities and Colleges
Athletic Therapists work with varsity athletes providing expertise on injury prevention, emergency and acute care, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries as well as developing conditioning programs. Many Athletic Therapists also teach in related subject matter at these schools.
Certified Athletic Therapists are currently employed by professional teams in the NHL, CFL, NBA, MLB, NWHL, NLL as well as professional dance companies. These therapists are responsible for injury prevention, emergency and acute injury care, assessment and complete rehabilitation of injuries and development of conditioning programs.
Certified Athletic Therapists are an integral part of the ongoing care of national athletes. Athletic Therapists either work directly with the team or are selected to the medical teams for games such as; Olympics; Pan Am; Universiade; Commonwealth; Canada Games etc.
Private sports medicine clinics
A growing number of Athletic Therapists work in fee-for-service clinics, treating a variety of injuries and conditions. Treatment will include injury assessment and rehabilitation as well as conditioning programs for all active Canadians.