Athletic training and Physical therapy have commonalities in that they both deal with the human anatomy, injuries to the body, and science of exercises to prevent and heal.
ATC focus more with On-Field care and work, being present during games to treat athletes with injuries on the side-lines. They also create and work with CSCS to create preventative and effective exercise routines.
Physical Therapist is very vast, Outpatient PT mostly focuses on patients with chronic pain conditions or post-surgical (ex. ACLR, Total Joint replacements) Neuro In-patient or Outpatient PT works with neurological patients ( Stroke, Brain Injury, Vestibular disorder) Sports PTs in some aspect operate similar to ATC, but also work with athletes in rehab after injuries.
Kyle recommends the following next steps:
- Research ATC education requirements and possible changes in the future
- Research DPT education requirements
- Shadow ATC at local sports team or center]
- Shadow DPT in outpatient, inpatient, and possibly sports settings