How is athletic training different than physical therapy?
So now you know what Julie does, let’s talk about how this is different from physical therapy. Here is where it gets sticky. We do a lot of the same stuff, and we can work with the same populations, which is why we are working together rather than trying to separate out what are essentially overlapping, complementary fields.
“Athletic trainer” means a person who, with the advice and consent of a licensed physician practices the treatment, prevention, care and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes. “Athlete” means a person trained to participate in exercise requiring physical agility and stamina.
You can see some major common themes–we BOTH provide treatment and preventative care for those who need it, although at least in New Mexico ATCs are required to work only with athletes (albeit a more loose definition of athlete which encompasses any form of exercise “requiring physical agility and stamina”), while physical therapists work with people of ALL ages and abilities. We BOTH communicate and coordinate with doctors in order to provide more comprehensive, holistic care, although an ATC must work under a physician while a PT can work independently but is required to communicate with a physician regarding any patient’s care. And we BOTH focus on prevention of injuries (keep your eyes peeled for a blog on our screening and outreach activities here at Langford!).