What is Athletic Therapy?
What is a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT)?
Certified Athletic Therapists are highly skilled healthcare practitioners specialising in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, injury assessment, diagnosis, treatment and particularly rehabilitation. Although the area of specialisation is in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports medicine, the scope of practice covers other types of injury to the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Athletic Therapists are qualified and insured to work with all age groups and populations suffering from illness and injury with a specialisation in musculoskeletal disorders. Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) is the professional association representing Certfied Athletic Therapists in Ireland (For more information see www.arti.info).
Minimum requirements for Athletic Therapists:
- Honours Degree (NFQ level 8) in a field related to Sports Medicine from an ARTI accredited Third Level Institution.
- Emergency First Responder Certification (from the ‘Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council’ (PHECC) or equivalent).
- Successful completion of the internationally accredited ARTI certification exam involving a theory and practical component (70% required in each).
On completion of the above educational pathway Athletic Therapists may use the title (CAT) ‘Certified Athletic Therapist’.