Having a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) on staff is one of the most important things an athletic program can do to keep its athletes healthy and on the field. Professional Athletic Training Services’ ATs provide a wide range of critical services, including:
Prevention of injuries
Early recognition, identification, evaluation, and care of injuries
Referral of Injured Athletes to appropriate medical professionals, with expedited appointments
Healthcare Administration, including medical and insurance recordkeeping, documentation, reporting of injuries, and budgeting
Education and training of coaches, parents, and athletes on many topics including concussions and injury prevention
Complimentary screens for athletes and staff
The Professional Advantage
Professional Physical Therapy was founded by Athletic Trainers who understand how to provide the highest quality athletic training services for athletes.
With multiple ATs on staff, Professional’s Sports Medicine Department has the largest team in the New York Metro area, serving schools inWestchester, Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as per diem coverage for more than 2000 events each year.
Our Athletic Training Staff
As licensed healthcare professionals, all ATs require a Bachelor’s degree at minimum, as well as appropriate certification.
More than 70 percent of ATs at Professional hold at least a Master’s degree, and all are certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the national Board of Certification (BOC), licensed by New York State and/or New Jersey, and CPR certified.
Angelo C. Marsella
MA, ATC, USAW | Director, Athletic Training Services
Angelo C. Marsella is a BOC certified and NYS licensed Athletic Trainer and USAW Certified Weightlifting Coach. He graduated Cum Laude from Hofstra University where he received his degree in Athletic Training. He received his Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University where he also worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Angelo joined Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in May 2001 and served as the Head ATC for Roslyn High School for 3 years. Angelo served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Dragons, Arena Football Team in 2007. In 2010 he served as the Head ATC and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Manhasset High School.
Angelo currently assists in the treatment of the St. John’s University Student Athletes. Angelo currently serves as the Sports Medicine Director, overseeing the athletic training and clinic-outreach programs.
To learn more about what Professional Athletic Training Services can do for you and your Athletic Program, contact Angelo Marsella, Professional’s Director of Sports Medicine at email@example.com.
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Our athletic trainers and sports medicine specialists will assess your group and customize a plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to increase performance and reduce injuries for your sports teams.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
AllWays (formerly Neighborhood Health Plan – MA, NH)
Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (CT)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
BMC (Boston Medical Center – MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (NH, MA, CT)
Health New England (MA)
Homelink (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Magna Care (MA, NH, CT) * Effective January 15, 2022
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Medicare (NH, MA, CT)
Med Risk (Workers Compensation: MA)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
One Call (Workers Compensation: MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Comp - MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
Therapy Direct (Workers Compensation: MA, NH, CT)
TRICARE (NH, MA, CT)
Tufts Health Plan (NH, MA, CT)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
UniCare (NH, MA)
United Health Care (Optum – NH, MA, CT)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
What are sports medicine services?
Sports Medicine is a general term used for the process of managing the care of athletes who have suffered a sports-related injury. This process begins with acute care management on the playing field with an athletic trainer.
Some athletes will be referred to a sports medicine physician and may require physical therapy for rehabilitation. Professional Physical Therapy’s licensed athletic trainers and sports medicine physical therapists specialize in helping athletes return to their sport in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
What are some common sports injuries that respond well to physical therapy?
Sports that require the athlete to run, jump and pivot are those commonly associated with traumatic injuries to the knee and ankle. In the knee, a common soft tissue injury would be ligament sprains such as Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprains. Ankle inversion sprains are also a very common type of sprain where you “roll your ankle”. Knee and ankle ligament sprains often respond very well to physical therapy. Some other common sports injuries that benefit from physical therapy include: Achilles tendonitis (back of heel pain), patellar tendonitis (commonly called “Jumper’s” knee), plantar fasciitis (foot pain), and patellofemoral pain (kneecap pain), lateral epicondylitis (elbow pain on the outside commonly termed “tennis” elbow), and medial epicondylitis (elbow pain on the inside commonly termed “throwers” elbow pain).
Sports medicine techniques
Here are some of the techniques a Professional physical therapist will use when working with your sports-related injury.
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Return to Sport Testing
I tore my ACL. What can I expect?
The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is a very important ligament in providing multidimensional stability to the knee. If you want to return to a sport that requires running, jumping and pivoting, having ACL reconstruction may be the best choice. You and your surgeon can determine the best option together. If surgery is not your preference and the acute pain and swelling has subsided, then aggressive physical therapy for strength, balance, and coordination training is highly recommended. If you decide to have reconstructive surgery, then your physician and Professional Physical Therapist will work closely together on post-operative protocol for the rehabilitation of your knee.
I have pain when throwing. Is it my rotator cuff?
The shoulder joint has a large amount of motion to allow for throwing and reaching/lifting activities. This means that in order for the joint to be stable, the muscles have to work very hard during these activities. The primary muscle group that provides the shoulder stability is the rotator cuff and which is made up of 4 muscles and their associated tendons. Throwing can be very stressful on the rotator cuff, and if you experience pain in the shoulder region when throwing, then it is possible that you may be straining your rotator cuff. If rest does not provide relief, then you may need to get examined. A physical examination by a sports medicine specialist is the first step. The common diagnoses we see for athletes who have shoulder pain when throwing would be tendonitis of the rotator cuff, tendonitis of the biceps, damage to the labrum (cartilage), or instability (looseness) of the joint.
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainers are certified health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and physical therapists to optimize activity and participation of their athletes. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, evaluation, treatment and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. To become a certified athletic trainer, one must graduate with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited professional education program and pass a board certification exam. Most states also require licensure to practice.
Is a sports medicine approach different from a traditional physical therapy approach?
Yes, a true sports medicine approach to get an athlete back on the playing field usually involves close communication between the referring physician, the athletic trainer and the physical therapist. Each professional must have a good understanding of the physical demands of your sport in order to ensure a safe return. At Professional Physical Therapy, our physical therapists and athletic trainers are educated in managing sports injuries from the time they occur on the field, through the rehabilitation process and your eventual return to play.
Convenient physical therapy clinics near you
Our athletic training services can be found in Manhattan NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and sports medicine specialist today.
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