Chris Bingley is a Certified Athletic Therapist with over a decade of hands-on experience working with a wide range of athletes and active people. He has had experience with many different types of sports injuries from concussions and head injuries, spinal injuries, joint dislocations, major and minor ligament sprains and muscle strains.
Whether you require help improving a chronic condition or your new injury demands some attention, Chris can help. Chris's goal is to provide immediate care while devising a long-term strategy, with the emphasis on re-injury prevention.
Each patient's injury prevention program is catered to an individual's specific needs based on an both objective and subjective evaluation. Goal setting also affects the scope of each program. For example, if there is a competition date that will impact the healing timeline then training and therapeutic recommendations will be based on that end goal.
As the Toronto Nomads Rugby Club's head Athletic Therapist, Chris has had 12 seasons managing many sports related injuries ranging from catastrophic and life threatening-injuries, to the typical bumps and bruises that occur in contact sports. He is no stranger to helping athletes manage and resolve repetitive-strain injuries, tendonopathies, chronic dysfunctions and high grade sprains and strains.
Chris is both a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) as well as the Ontario Athletic Therapy Association (OATA). The CATA certification process is one of the most stringent in the Canadian health care system. To achieve the status of Certified Athletic Therapist, candidates must first meet the academic requirements of a CATA-approved athletic therapy curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited post-secondary institution.
The CATA requires an internship of at least 1200 hours of practical experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Therapist. Once these criteria are met, a certification candidate is qualified to attempt the comprehensive written exam. The final step is a practical exam covering all components of the athletic therapy scope of practice. This includes evaluation of on-field management procedures, supportive taping/bracing procedures and clinical care evaluation and management procedures including modality applications.
For more information on the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the educational process to become an athletic therapist and how to get insurance coverage through your extended health benefits click here.