Good post from Vern Gambetta today; making the statement about (at least some) athletic trainers wanting to be physical therapists.
I hope one of the things I am doing in this blog is helping to define the ATC. Of course we overtly & greatfully borrow from the physical therapy profession. However, in MY early days there may have just as well been a brick wall between the two professions. My MD happened to be an osteopath, and they had a heavy influence on me. Remember- a P.T. or osteopath may see an athlete for a few months, while we have them for 4 years or longer. Big difference. That's where athletic development comes in; and it's often a missing link in many programs.
In my ankle book, sure there are many direct and indirect techniques aimed directly at the joints. But I think a lot of stuff in there is going to leave many scratching their heads wondering what it has to do with the ankle. Oh yeah- except for the physios over at U.Dublin.