Athletic Therapy is a health care profession that specialises in the prevention, assessment and care of musculoskeletal concerns (muscles, bones, joints) for everyone from the general public to athletes.
Occasionally confused with Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy focuses on musculoskeletal issues. Albeit the scope of care in a clinical setting is similar to Physiotherapy, the specialisation is the main distinction. Certified Athletic Therapists in Ireland are governed by Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI). ARTI is the governing body responsible for the regulation, promotion and education of Certified Athletic Therapists in Ireland. To read more about the spectrum of care click here.
In order to become a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT) the following educational pathway is required.
An honours degree (NFQ level 8) in a field related to sports medicine with a minimum of 500 hours of related clinical experience.
Be certified as an Emergency First Responder by PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council), the national statutory body for emergency care standards and education.
Pass the ARTI certification examination which has a theory and a practical section. 70% is required in both sections to pass the examination.