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Do most physical therapist work with athletes

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Zach’s Answer

Physical therapist's can work with athletes, however it is extremely competitive to have a PT career that only works with athletes. You can work with geriatrics, pediatrics, or adults as well and is more common to get into. Athletic trainer and sports medicine will have a better chance to work specifically with athletes.
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Bailey’s Answer

I will have a mixed answer. Physical therapists see people. Not everyone that comes through your door will be a high level athlete. Depending on the setting you work in, especially in the outpatient field of physical therapy, the general population will be non-athletes. With that being said, you may treat a few athletes here and there if they have an injury they need to recover from. In my experience I worked at an outpatient clinic that saw a good amount of high school athletes and middle school athletes who had injuries like torn ligaments in their knees is a prime example. They may have surgery and need to recover well enough to get to get back to their athletic stage again. But going back to your question, most physical therapists do not work with athletes most of the time. Outpatient physical therapy will see a wide range of patients. The focus is more on getting patients back to what they enjoy doing or things they need to be able to do to live and get around. Hope this answer helps you!
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Keira’s Answer

Hi Aimaya, there are many people who seek physical therapy to heal from non-athletic injuries. You might work with children, teens, adults, and the elderly at a typical practice. If you want to work specifically with athletes, you can certainly go in that route, but you could also look into Athletic Training or Sports Medicine programs.
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Rodolfo’s Answer

Nope. That’s what athletic trainers are for.
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