Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association raises public awareness on Head Injury in Sport

CALGARY, Jan. 26 /CNW/ -The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and delivery of the highest quality care to active individuals through injury prevention, emergency services and rehabilitative techniques.

Within the past few weeks and months the prevention and management of head injuries (concussions) in sport, specifically in professional hockey and football has been a hot topic of discussion. The CATA and its members are committed to raising awareness of the importance of identifying head injury (concussions) and implementing appropriate management and return to play protocols when they do occur so athletes can safely participate in sport. Head Injuries (concussions) are by far the most common and one of the most difficult injuries to manage in sport today. The CATA strongly encourages all head injuries (concussions) are managed under the supervision of a team of professional sport health practitioners including Certified Athletic Therapists (CAT(C), sport physicians and neuropsychologists.

The CATA is a leader within the Canadian sport medicine community through continued development, implementation and monitoring of professional standards. The CATA proudly endorses the consensus statement on concussion in sport developed at the "3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport", held in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2008. Certified Athletic Therapists routinely utilize a myriad of assessment tools to identify and monitor athletes with head injuries (concussions) from the time of injury to their safe return to play.

In collaboration with other allied health professionals the CATA creates a healthier environment that encompasses the needs of the active community through to the high performance athlete. There are over 1100 Certified Athletic Therapists working in all provinces and territories across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Athletic Therapists Association

For further information:

For more information regarding Athletic Therapy and head injury (concussion) management please contact the CATA Head Office at 403 509 2282 or at info@athletictherapy.org . To find a Certified Athletic Therapist please go to the CATA website and search for one in your area www.athletictherapy.org .

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