Athletic Therapy (also known as athletic training in the USA, sports therapy in Europe & Australia, & biokinetics in South Africa) is the prevention, immediate care, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by an Athletic Therapist (aka athletic trainer, sports therapists, biokineticist)
What many people think of as Sports Medicine is actually Athletic Therapy. The Athletic Therapists works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, guardians, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems. Athletic Therapists are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics, MVA rehabilitation clinics, WSIB clinics, assessment centers, gyms, health clubs, corporate /industrial, and other health care settings. Athletic Therapists may also open their own health clinics or health clubs.
There is no unemployment in this health profession as everyone finds employment or opens his/her own private athletic therapy clinic. The average annual income depends on jurisdiction but generally ranges from $41,000 to $78,000. The demand for Athletic Therapists is increasing at an exponential rate.
The online on-demand Master of Science in Athletic Therapy program offered by National University of Medical Sciences (NUMSS) is an approved program and accredited by the International Board of Certified Athletic Therapists. NUMSS graduates of the athletic therapy program are eligible to sit for the board exams administered by IBCAT. Upon successful passing of the board exams, these graduates are permitted to use CAT, DIBCAT designations which stand for Certified Athletic Therapist, Diplomate of International Board of Certified Athletic Therapists.
With the MSc (AT), CAT, DIBCAT designations NUMSS graduates are permitted to practice athletic therapy everywhere including the USA (all states), Canada (all provinces), Australia (all provinces), New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Iran, China, India, Brazil, Argentina, UAE, Mexico, South Korea Japan & South Africa.
Out of the 13 colleges & universities offering athletic therapy degree programs that are approved by IBCAT, National University of Medical Sciences of Medical Sciences has the lowest tuition. The tuition for the complete program is set at 3000 Euro to make the program affordable to all students worldwide.
NUMSS students may also enrol in dual degree programs and graduate with another degree either in osteopathy (bachelor of science in osteopathy or doctor of osteopathy) or master of business administration in health care (MBA).