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Devan earned the designation of Certified Athletic Therapist in 2015 after completing his Bachelor’s in Athletic and Exercise Therapy (BAET) and passing the professional certification exam. Traditionally a post-graduate program, The BAET degree at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence had to meet rigorous standards with the professional association before it could offer the 4-year applied degree that combines the two separate disciplines of Athletic Therapy and Exercise Therapy. Graduates of this program make excellent therapists that are able to work with a wide range of patients that suffer from musculoskeletal dysfunction. Anyone can benefit from working with Devan. Not only is he able to respond to and correct a diverse range of injuries caused by anything from working at a desk to training for Olympic level competitions; he can provide you with the tools to improve your performance or become more active than before.
Devan has experience with clients at every level ranging from adolescents to the elderly, weekend warriors to varsity athletes, office workers to World Champions, as well as cancer survivors, diabetics, and others with chronic illnesses.
Devan employs manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and lifestyle modifications to achieve the best results with his patients. In order to provide the best service, he makes sure every visit is spent one-on-one with the client. Additionally, Devan prides himself in his ability to communicate with patients in order to develop the best individual plan that accounts for their lifestyle. Devan believes that the single most important aspect of rehabilitation is the ability to educate the patient and provide them with the tools to treat their own injury.

What is an Athletic Therapist?
Athletic Therapists are experts in the assessment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. An Athletic Therapist (AT) is someone that has satisfied all of the requirements of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) to receive certification. The CATA requires that its members complete a degree in Athletic Therapy from an accredited institution, obtain a minimum of 600 hours working in a clinic and 600 hours working in the field with sports teams before they attempt the intensive examination process.

But I'm NOT an Athlete!
Athletic Therapy is intended for anyone that lives an active lifestyle or would like to increase their activity level but is being held back by a musculoskeletal injury. Whether you work at a desk, are a weekend warrior, or the next Steve Nash, chances are Athletic Therapy can help you.

What do Athletic Therapists do?
Athletic Therapists are best known for their work with high-level sports teams. AT's are present at the top level of sports competition in Canada; from the CFL and NHL to the Olympics and Paralympics, Athletic Therapists are the first choice for many high level teams. Athletic Therapists specialize in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. AT's are the first on scene when an athlete goes down, from caring as a First Responder to getting an athlete safely back into the game. When we treat athletes clinically we perform extensive assessments to ensure that we obtain an accurate picture of the injury at hand. After the initial assessment typically we will perform 30-minute treatment sessions and give our patients the tools to work on their injuries at home. In addition to the prescription of corrective exercises, Athletic Therapists are trained in the use of various electrical, conduction, and manual therapeutic modalities that complement the healing process.

What if my insurance doesn't cover Athletic Therapy?
Although prevalent in most provinces, Athletic Therapy is still in its infancy in BC. Many insurance companies list Athletic Therapy as a covered service for extended healthcare, but some are slow to change. In most cases, all it takes is a letter to your insurance provider or employer requesting that they cover this service for you. Most providers will gladly allow you to use the service but do not openly advertise the coverage because it would require widespread changes to existing policies. As Athletic Therapy continues to grow in this province, we will see more and more companies advertise this kind of coverage.
For more information on insurance coverage http://athletictherapybc.ca/insurance/