Athletic Therapists Expand Their International Reach

Irish athletic and rehabilitation therapists work with world-class athletes in their daily practice. Now they will have an easier time practicing their craft on the international stage. The national certification bodies for athletic therapy (AT) in the Canada, Ireland, and athletic training in the United States, have agreed to recognise each other’s educational and certification standards.

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The signing of the mutual recognition arrangement. From left to right Paul Berry, BSc, ARTC, President of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland, Susan McGowen, PhD, ATC, President of Board of Certification, Inc. and Richard DeMont, PhD, CAT(C), President of Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

Under this new International Mutual Recognition Agreement, signed at the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) World Congress in Dublin, Ireland on September 4th, 2014, a certified professional in one country is eligible to practice in another signatory nation following the successful completion of the respective nation’s examination. All national regulations such as immigration and federal laws will still apply, but the national organizations have now made the situation easier.

Expanding upon a mutual recognition agreement signed in 2005 by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC, Inc.) and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA), this new agreement ensures common recognition among those organisations and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI).

“This is something we’ve been working towards since 2012,” said Paul Berry, President of ARTI. “We saw how the 2005 agreement was benefitting the United States and Canada, and knew we held our athletic and rehabilitation therapists to the same high standard. This agreement benefits our members and Irish athletes as well.”

As standards continue to align globally, Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland, in cooperation with our current partners and the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy, look forward to future agreements with other organisations of like-minded professionals around the world dedicated to the prevention and care of injuries to the physically active individual.

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