Athletic Therapy is a healthcare profession that specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment (care) of musculoskeletal disorders (muscles, bones and joints), especially as they relate to athletics and other physical activity.
Certified Athletic Therapists have an in-depth knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and emergency care. Therapists utilize up-to-date rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical reconditioning, and supportive taping to promote healing and the return to an active lifestyle (OATA, 2014).
Carly Goldberg Athletic Therapist
Carly Goldberg, RMT, CAT(C) – Carly is a graduate of York University’s Kinesiology and Health Science and Athletic Therapy programs. She is certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, and the Ontario Athletic Therapists Association. She is completing the Massage Therapy program at the Ontario College of Health and Technology.
As an Athletic Therapist, Carly has worked with athletes of all levels, from tyke football to Masters track world record holders. With expertise in concussions and taping, Carly is currently working with football, cheerleading, and roller derby clubs.
Her interest in concussions arose from a personal experience; knowing how difficult it can be to overcome concussion symptoms inspires her to help others. She has created and implemented concussion protocols for local sport clubs, and is currently baseline testing athletes.
Carly has experience with the industrial athlete; she worked inside a car manufacturing plant treating line workers with over-use injuries. Using both, hands-on and active treatments, she was able to help many workers return to work, not just pain free, but stronger and more resilient.
During an Athletic Therapy treatment
Following an assessment, a treatment program will be tailored to the individual’s condition and ability. This will include a hands-on approach and a conditioning component.
Our Certified Athletic Therapist specializes in concussion testing and management.
Specialization: Concussion Testing and Management
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries and should be treated with care. If left untreated there is a dramatic increase in the chance of long-term consequences from this injury.
What is baseline concussion testing?
Baseline concussion testing measures an individual’s cognitive and physical function to find out what their “normal” is. This is done by three separate tests – a neurological assessment, a SCAT 3, and ImPact test. Together these tests offer a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s baseline abilities. Post concussion, the individual will complete the tests again and the results are compared with the baseline scores to help determine when return to physical activities can safely begin.
Who should get a Baseline concussion test?
A concussion can be obtained in many different ways, from banging your head getting in your car to a hockey stick to the head. Everyone is susceptible to a concussion thus everyone should consider getting a baseline concussion test. The individuals most at risk are athletes involved in team and contact sports. I highly recommend all athletes be baseline tested to ensure they reach their normal function before safely returning to activity.
What to expect during the baseline Concussion testing?
The tests take one hour to complete. You should arrive with comfortable clothing (eg. Shorts and a T-shirt). The testing is done in three steps:
Neurological Exam: On an examination table, muscle strength and nerve engagement are tested (10 -15 min)
SCAT3: Involves memory questions and balance/ co-ordination tests (15 min)
ImPact: Games/tasks re completed on a computer (30 min)
What happens when concussed?
Following a concussion, I provide treatments and strategies to ensure a safe recovery and return to activity. Once symptoms are gone, I re-administer the initial tests to ensure the results are equal to or higher than the baseline scores. At that point I will set up a safe return to activity.
Many extended health care plans cover services offered by Certified Athletic Therapists.