What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapist are highly trained health care professionals that provide care to physical injuries sustained during sport, recreation, accidents, daily activities or occupation. These musculoskeletal specialists utilise an active therapy model to rehabilitate the human body from head to toe. Athletic Therapist utilizes rehabilitative techniques, supportive taping and bracing, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative and strengthening programs to ensure their patients can return to all activities: from work to high level athletic performance.
The Optimum Health Center is dedicated to the proper rehabilitation of every client. Individualized programs are made for each client to help them reach their personal rehabilitative goals. These programs include but are not limited to manual treatment, stretching and strengthening exercises which are completed within the center. Each session is one on one with the therapist and last from 30 to 60 min long.
Who can benefit from Athletic Therapy?
Elite, Amateur, and Recreational Athletes
Children, Adults, Seniors
Individuals with Acute/Chronic Injuries, Occupational Injuries, Postural and Gait Concerns, Post Surgical Rehabilitation needs, General body aches and pains
What services do we offer?
Acute Injury Assessment
Chronic Injury Assessment
Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation
Injury Prevention Programs
Physical Conditioning and Re Conditioning Programs
Postural and Gait analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Athletic Therapy different from Physiotherapy?
Certified Athletic Therapists specialize in orthopaedic assessments and rehabilitation of all physical injuries to affected muscles, bones and joints of the body. That training is augmented with injury prevention, supportive taping, and emergency care for field work with teams. Athletic Therapy is based on a sports medicine model of rehabilitation; they have the knowhow to retrain the active individual with sport specific exercises to get them back to pre injury performance levels.
Physiotherapist have a much wider scope of practice and therefore much more general including orthopaedics, cardio-respiratory rehab, burn patients, paediatrics, geriatrics, stroke rehab and rehabilitation for neurological diseases.
Will my extended health care plan reimburse me for Athletic Therapy treatments?
Most extended health care companies will cover Athletic Therapy treatments however, all policies are different and we recommend you contact your provider to confirm the services that are available to you.
If your claim is denied, the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association has forms which you could send to your extended health care company to request for you to send to your extended health care company and human resource person to request the services to be added to your plan.
What insurance companies cover Athletic Therapy Services?
The following Insurance Companies have accepted billing for Athletic Therapy. Please note that each individual policy will vary. Clients need to look into their individual insurance plan to see what is included in their benefit package.
Great West Life
Reliable Life Insurance Co.
What sporting bodies cover Athletic Therapy services?
CFL PLayers' Assocaition
NHL Officials' Association
Ontario Amateur Football Association
Ontario Baseball Association
Ontario Basketball Association
Ontario Judo Association
Ontario Boxing Association
Ontario Rowing Association
Ontario Soccer Association
Ontario Track & Field Association
Ontario Wrestling Association
Slo-Pitch Ontario Association
In the event that my insurance company does not cover Athletic Therapy, is there anything I can do?
If your plan does not cover athletic therapy, you can forward an explanatory letter to the appropriate parties. Click on the link below to access the CATA website where they provide bilingual forms to the employer as well as the insurance company.
Orthopedic assessments and rehabilitation of all physical injuries to affected muscles, bones and joints of the body as well as injury prevention, supportive taping and emergency care on/off the field.
In order to ensure that you are in your best shape for your next race/event, we have a new Runner's Program. For the running program, the treatment will be distributed as the following:
- 10 minutes of stretching
- 40 minutes of treatment
- 5 minutes of ice bath
Come join us for some treatment, stretching and an ice bath to finish things off and keep you at your Optimum best!
Cold Therapy Ice Bath
Cold Therapy constricts blood vessels which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. When the skin rewarms there is faster return of blood flow which increases recycling of fluids by the body.
Ice baths assist in recovery by submerging body extremities in ice water and utilizing cooling jets to achieve hydro massaging effects which help with decreases delayed onset muscle soreness and enhanced post-race recovery time.
What to wear: Shorts, long sleeve shirt or sweat shirt
Submerge time: Depending of temperature of the water 5 to 10 min
Also included: Toe Caps, Hot Beverage, Tuque (if requested)
To schedule please call us so that the tub is ready on arrival
Athletic Therapist treats injuries of all types:
Common injuries different parts of the body:
Muscle Strains, Ligament Sprains, Fractures, Dislocations, Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Cervical and Thoracic Spine Conditions:
TMJ disorders, Cervical and Thoracic Disc Injuries, Postural Dysfunctions, Muscle Strains or Spasms
Lumbar Spine Conditions:
Postural Dysfunctions, Myofascial Pain, Sciatic Pain, Muscle Strains or Spasms
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Labral Tears, Impingement Injuries, Biceps Tendon Rupture, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Dislocations or Separations, Frozen Shoulder
Upper Arm, Elbow and Forearm Conditions:
Ruptured Muscles, Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Neural Entrapment Syndrome, Ligament Injuries
Wrist and Hand Conditions:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gamekeeper’s Thumb, Jersey finger, De Quervain's Tenosynovitis, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Dupuytren's Contracture, Gymnast's Wrist, Fractured Scaphoid, Ligament Sprains
Pelvic, Hip and Thigh Conditions:
Myositis Ossificans, Hamstring, Quadriceps or Adductor Strains or Contusions, Hip Bursitis, Snapping Hip Syndrome, Labral Tears, Piriformis Syndrome
Ligament Injuries (ACL / PCL / MCL / LCL), Meniscal Injuries, Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome, Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee), Osgood-Schlatter Disease, Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB), Osteoarthritis (OA),
Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot Conditions:
Sprained or Fractured Ankle, Metatarsal Fracture, Turf toe, Peroneal Tendinitis, Achilles Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Medial or Lateral Tibial Stress Syndrome (Chin splints), Heel Pain
For more information on Athletic Therapy please visit the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association or the Ontario Athletic Therapy Association Website or click the tab below for the CATA printable brochure.