Canadian Athletic Therapists Association

Canadian Athletic Therapists Association


The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) is a professional body based in Calgary, Canada which was established on April 24 1965 at a meeting at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.June 1965 in Chicago at the site of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) meeting, the first meeting of the CATA was held. In 1966 the CATA held it first annual meeting in Toronto. The CATA has continued to hold annual meetings at their National Conference. CATA originally stood for Canadian Athletic Trainers' Association, and the word Trainers' was dropped in favor of Therapists to represent the changing landscape of Sport in Canada. It was at this meeting that the first executive was selected. The first President of the CATA was Mert Propeht. [ The Journal of the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association, 1990 Issue] ] The current (2007/08) president of the CATA is Dr. Richard DeMont with Isabel Grondin as the President-Elect. A new President-Elect is chosen annually; at the CATA Annual General Meeting at the yearly Conference; along with other executives in the Association.

There are currently 6 CATA Accredited Athletic Therapy programs in Canada. The Athletic Therapy program at Sheridan College was the first program of its kind in Canada, and was founded in 1973.

Certified Athletic Therapist

A Certified Athletic Therapist or CAT(C) is a health care professional that provides care to the active individual through assessment, prevention, emergency care, and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. Along with other members of the health care system the Athletic Therapist can help provide an optimal environment for healing to occur and return an individual to an active and healthy lifestyle. The Ceritified Athletic Therapist uses a variety of rehabilitative techniques, supportive taping and bracing, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative and strengthening programs to ensure their athletes and clients have a safe return to sport participation.

Certified Athletic Therapists have an extensive educational background in the following areas:

HumanAnatomy and Physiology,
Injury Prevention, Care, Assessment/Evaluation,Pre-hospital Emergeny Care,
Risk Management/Health Care Administration,General Medical Conditions,
therapeutic modalities,
Kinesiology,and Biomechanics.

Certification Candidates

A Certification Candidate is a member of the CATA. They are non-voting members and are usually students. These members are working towards their certification. Certification Candidates need to collect 1200 field and clinical hours before they can attempt the certification exams. A Certification Candidate may already have collect their internship hours and are in the process of completing their certification exams.


In order to become a Certified Athletic Therapist, an individual must complete an academic program at one of the accredited post secondary institutes. These schools include: Mount Royal College, Concordia University, York University, Sheridan College, University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. They must then pass a certification exam the has both comprehensive written and practical components. The minimum grade required to pass the written portion of the exam is 70%. The practical exam tests the Certification Candidate in all aspects of the field of Athletic Therapy including; on field emergency care, supportive taping/bracing, the use of modalities, injury assessment and rehabilitation. All Certification Candidates must have a valid First Responder Certificate at the time they apply for their written and practical exams.

Athletic Therapists are required to maintain their certification every three years. They must get 21 continuing education units over the three year period in order to maintain certification. This can be done in a variety of manners like taking courses, working full time in a clinical or field setting, sitting on committees and attending conferences. As part of their certification maintenance, Ceritified Athletic Therapists are required to have current CPR certification at the level of Health Care Practitioner.

Provincial Chapters

The CATA has several provincial chapters: Athletic Therapists' Association of British Columbia, Alberta Athletic Therapists Association, Ontario Athletic Therapists Association, Saskatchewan Athletic Therapists Association, Atlantic Provinces Athletic Therapists Association, Corporation des Thérapeutes du Sport du Québec/Quebec Corporation of Athletic Therapists, Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association

Employment Opportunities

Private Clinics

Athletic Therapists work on a fee for service basis in private Athletic Therapy Clinics, Sports Medicine Clinics and Multi-disciplinary Clinics across Canada.


Athletic Therapists work as part of the medical staff providing their services to varsity athletes in Universities and Colleges across Canada.

Professional Sports Teams

Athletic Therapists can be found as members of the medical team for a variety of different sporting organizations in the National Football League, Canadian Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and Cirque du Soleil.

National Athletes and Teams

Athletic Therapists work as members of the medical team for National teams in sports like hockey, basketball, softball and others; and at events like Canada Games, or Provincial Games. They can be found working on the medical staff for International events like the Olympics, Pan Am Games, and Commonwealth Games

Mutual Recognition Agreement

In 2005, the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification and the CATA signed a mutual recognition agreement. This allows certified members of both associations to take each others exams, and creates opportunities for those who pass the certification exams to work in both countries.

See also

*Athletic training
*Sports medicine
*Exercise physiology
*Sport psychology
*Sports injuries
*Physical therapy
*Motor learning
*Exercise equipment
*Board of Certification, Inc.


External links


* [ Canadian Athletic Therapists Association]
* [ National Athletic Trainers' Association]
* [ World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy]
* [ Ontario Athletic Therapists Association]
* [ Athletic Therapists' Association of British Columbia]
* [ Alberta Athletic Therapists Association]
* [ Saskatchewan Athletic Therapists Association]
* [ Atlantic Provinces Athletic Therapist Association]
* [ Corporation des Thérapeutes du Sport du Québec/Quebec Corporation of Athletic Therapists]
* [ Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association]
* [ NATA Board of Certification]


* [ York University Athletic Therapy Program]
* [ Sheridan College Athletic Therapy Program]
* [ Mount Royal Program]
* [ Concordia Athletic Therapy Program]
* [ University of Manitoba Program]
* [ University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy Program]

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