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Manitoba Athletic Therapists’ Association, Inc.

Code of Ethics


One identifiable characteristic of a profession is the dedication of its members in
performing a service to humanity. In becoming a member of the Athletic Therapy
profession, an individual assumes obligations and responsibilities to conduct himself in
accordance with the ideals and standards as set forth in the Constitution, and
emphasized in the Code of Ethics. Every Certified Athletic Therapist who does not feel
he can, or deems it unnecessary to comply with the principles as set forth in the Code of
Ethics, shall be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Constitution.
A Certified Athletic Therapist must adhere to the highest standards of conduct in
carrying out his role in attending to the needs of the participants. The Manitoba Athletic
Therapists’ Association, Incorporated (M.A.T.A.) recognizes and believes that unless the
standards and principles herein contained are accepted in good faith, and followed
sincerely by each of its members, the Association will be ineffective in continuing to
achieve its role as a member of the sport medicine team.


The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to identify ethical and approved professional
practices, and to instill in each member of the Association, the valued and important
role of the Certified Athletic Therapist.


The objectives of the Manitoba Athletic Therapists’ Association, Inc. are the following:
1. To advance, encourage, and improve the Athletic Therapy profession.
2. To promote a better working relationship among those persons interested and
involved in the profession, through the free exchange of ideas
(interprofessionally, and intraprofessionally).
3. To develop to the utmost, the ability of each of its members.
4. To promote to the pursuit of certification as a fundamental goal of the M.A.T.A.

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5. To stimulate the ongoing professional development of its certified members.
6. To provide the best possible injury prevention, care, and rehabilitation for active
people, within the Scope of Practice of the M.A.T.A.
7. To assist each member in conducting himself in accordance with the Code of
Ethics of the M.A.T.A.

ARTICLE 1 – Basic Principles

The essential principles of the Code of Ethics are honesty, integrity, and loyalty. A
Certified Athletic Therapist who reflects these characteristics will be a credit to the
M.A.T.A., the institution which he represents, and to himself.
When an individual becomes a member of the M.A.T.A., he assumes certain obligations
and responsibilities as identified within the C.A.T.A. Code of Ethics. An Athletic Therapist
whose conduct is not in accordance with the practices set forth therein, shall be
considered in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 1 – Practice in General

An Athletic Therapist shall show no discrimination when carrying out his responsibilities
and duties.

Section 2 – Ergogenic Aids

The M.A.T.A. does not condone the unauthorized use and/or non-therapeutic use of
ergogenic aids. The M.A.T.A. recognizes that the best and safest training program is
comprised of sound principles of conditioning and Athletic Therapy as required.

Section 3 – Modalities

An Athletic Therapist shall not permit use of electrical or acoustic modalities by a non-
certified individual, without direct supervision by himself, a licensed physiotherapist, or

a physician, unless said individual is otherwise qualified to do so.

Section 4 – Fee for Service

An Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate shall not charge a fee for service on a per
patient basis for treatment(s) rendered, unless said candidate is otherwise qualified to
do so.

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Section 5 – Testimonials and Endorsements

In any endorsement in which a therapist’s name and/or reference to Athletic Therapy is
included, the text and illustration, including any implications of the endorsement, shall
be such that no discredit to Athletic Therapy may be construed. Any endorsement that
is not in keeping with the highest principles and standards of Athletic Therapy shall be
considered unethical. The use of the M.A.T.A. name, logo, trademark, and/or
endorsement for a service, product, program publication, or facility by an individual
member, or group of members of the M.A.T.A., without the expressed written consent
of the Executive Committee of the M.A.T.A., shall be considered a violation of the Code
of Ethics.

Section 6 – Sportsmanship

No member of the M.A.T.A. shall condone, engage in, or defend unsportsmanlike

Section 7 – Professional Misconduct

Any member, who is determined to have breached the Scope of Practice of the C.A.T.A.,
is in violation of the Code of Ethics and shall be guilty of professional misconduct.

Section 8 – Conflict of Interest

Any member who is determined to have breached the C.A.T.A. Conflict of Interest
Guidelines is in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 9 – Fellow Athletic Therapists

Any member who, by his conduct or comments, publicly discredits or lowers the dignity
of a fellow member is in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 10 – Membership

It is unethical for a Certified Athletic Therapist to sponsor a candidate for membership in
the M.A.T.A., if he does not know the candidate and his qualifications.

Section 11 – Right to Title

a) The designation of C.A.T.(C) can only be used by Certified members of the

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b) The title of Athletic Therapist can only be used by Certified Athletic Therapists.
Other titles may be used by those otherwise professionally licensed with their
respective regulating bodies.

c) Certified Athletic Therapists may refer to themselves by any of the following
titles, which are under trademark protection by the C.A.T.A.:

Certified Athletic Therapist Therapeute du sport certifie(e)
Athletic Therapist Therapeute du sport
Sport Therapist Therapeute athletique certifie(e)

Therapeute athletique
Therapeute athletic

d) The claim of practicing Athletic Therapy, or similar connotations can only be
made by Certified Athletic Therapists. Services of a similar nature may be
referred to by those otherwise professionally regulated by their respective
regulating bodies.

e) Voting Enfranchised Associate members may use the term Athletic Trainer
within the workplace.

f) Reference to a program, service, or facility as Athletic Therapy will not
contravene the Code of Ethics as long as the personnel within the program,
service, or facility are Certified Athletic Therapists.

g) Certification Candidates must represent themselves as an Athletic Therapy
Certification Candidate, and must not use any abbreviated letters or designation.

Section 12 – Confidentiality of Patient and Medical Records

Records kept by the treating Certified Athletic Therapist are considered to be private
and confidential between the patient, the treating Certified Athletic Therapist, and the
patient’s referring physician. Transfer of any records in whole or in part, must be
preceded by a signed, dated, witnessed, and specific consent form from the patient

The following guidelines should be adhered to:

a) An Athletic Therapist can not make a full assessment unless the
athlete/patient provides all relevant details. The therapist must make every
effort possible to create an environment where the athlete is comfortable
discussing his/her situation. This includes holding all discussions regarding the
athlete/patient’s health and personal matters, in confidence.

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b) When making recommendations to a coach or manager with respect to an
athlete’s ability to participate, only enough medical/health information will be
provided to justify the therapist’s decision.

c) When discussing the athlete/patient’s condition with the responsible
physician, the therapist should only discuss those matters which will directly aid
the physician in making a proper diagnosis.

d) When treating an athlete/patient who is a minor, and the parent or guardian
is making care decisions on behalf of the child, the therapist will provide the
parents with sufficient information to make an informed decision with respect to

e) The Athletic Therapist has a legal obligation to repeat confidences if under
oath in a court of law. However, the therapist should still be careful not to repeat
more information than is necessary.

f) The Athletic Therapist must be careful to avoid “shop talk” or gossip with co-
workers and other therapists, when such discussions will involve athlete/patient

confidences. When impossible to avoid, such discussions should be carried out
without using names or identifying details.

g) Under no circumstances shall the Athletic Therapist use information received
in confidence, for the purpose of self-gain.

Section 13 – Complaints Procedure

a. If necessary, the Board may appoint annually, from amongst its members,
a Complaints Committee, which shall consist of a member of the Board,
who shall be Chair of the committee, and two (2) members of the

b) 39. The Complaints Committee shall receive and review complaints brought
against the member in writing, and shall attempt to informally resolve the

c) 40. Where the Complaints Committee, or the Registrar, is informed that a

d) has at any time been convicted of a criminal offence; or

e) is alleged to be guilty of professional misconduct, breach of the Code of Ethics of
the Association, or conduct unbecoming a member, or criminal conduct; or

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f) is alleged to have demonstrated incapacity, or unfitness to practice Athletic
Therapy, or be suffering from an ailment which might, if he continues to
practice, constitute a danger to the public;

g) the matter shall be referred to the Complaints Committee for their review and
recommendation, and it shall be the duty of every member to report any such
conduct of which he is aware.

h) 41. Upon referral, the Complaints Committee Chair shall conduct a
preliminary investigation into the matter, and/or direct that such investigation
be held by the Registrar, or such other appointee as he sees fit.

i) 42. Any person conducting an investigation, pursuant to the preceding
section, may require the member concerned, and any other member or person
to produce any records, books, registers and other documents or things, in the
member’s possession or control, that are relevant to the investigation, and may
require the attendance of the member concerned, and any other member at the
investigation, and may summarily apply ex parte to court for an order directing
production of the documents.

j) 43. Upon conclusion of a preliminary investigation, a written report of the
findings shall be prepared, and thereupon the Complaints Committee Chair shall:

k) recommend that no further action be taken; or

l) recommend that the matter proceed to an inquiry before the Complaints

m) and shall notify the member and the complainant, in writing, by courier or
registered mail, of the decision made.

n) 44. Where the decision is to proceed to an inquiry, at least fourteen (14) days
before the first meeting of the Complaints Committee, a notice shall be served
upon the member, whose conduct is the subject of the inquiry, said notice to
embody a copy of the complaint or charge made against him, or a statement of
the subject matter of the inquiry, specifying the time and place of the meeting.

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o) 45. Such notice may be served upon a member who is the subject of an
inquiry, personally or by courier or registered mail, addressed to him, at the Post
Office address appearing in the Register, with a notice so sent by post being
deemed to have been served on the day immediately following its posting.

p) 46. Where the member whose conduct is the subject of the inquiry does not
attend, the Complaints Committee, may upon proof of service of the notice, in
accordance with this Constitution, proceed with the inquiry in his absence, and
without further notice to him, take such action as it is authorized to take under
this Constitution.

q) 47. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, the Complaints Committee
Chair may, at his discretion, direct the Registrar to suspend a member from
practice, pending the completion of the preliminary investigation, hearing, and
decision, before the Complaints Committee.

r) 48. A person who is a member of the Complaints Committee shall not
participate in an investigation of any matter that will be referred to the
Complaints Committee for consideration at an inquiry.

s) 49. The Association’s solicitor may participate in an inquiry before a
committee but not vote thereat, but may participate in an investigation of any
matter before the Committee, and/or recommend a solicitor be appointed by
the Complaints Committee, to assist them in their duties, and in presentation of
its evidence at the hearing before the Complaints Committee.

t) 50. Where the Complaints Committee Chair directs that an inquiry be held
into the conduct of a member, the Complaints Committee shall within thirty (30)
days from the date of said recommendation, fix a date, time and place for the
holding of the inquiry, which inquiry shall commence no later than sixty (60) days
from the date of the recommendation.

u) 51. All hearings of the Complaints Committee shall be held in private, unless
that person whose conduct is the subject of the inquiry consents to a public
hearing, or unless the Board is satisfied that none of the parties to the hearing
would be prejudiced by the attendance of others at said hearing.

v) 52. The person whose conduct is the subject of the inquiry is entitled to be
represented by counsel or agent, and the person, or his counsel or agent, has the
right to examine all documents and records to be used at the inquiry, prior to the
date of the inquiry.

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w) 53. The testimony of witnesses at the inquiry shall be taken under oath, and
there shall be a right to cross-examine all witnesses, and to call evidence in
defence and reply.

x) 54. All oaths shall be administered by the Complaints Committee Chair.

y) 55. The Complaints Committee, or any party to the inquiry, may obtain, on
praecipe from the Court of Queen’s Bench, subpoena for the attendance of
witnesses and production of documents at the inquiry.

z) 56. Where an inquiry into the conduct of a member is directed under this
Constitution, the Complaints Committee may suspend that member from
practice, pending the disposition of the inquiry.

aa) 57. Where, after an inquiry, the Complaints Committee, by a majority vote,
finds a member to have been guilty of professional misconduct, conduct
unbecoming a member, or to have demonstrated incapacity or unfitness to
practice Athletic Therapy, or to be suffering from an ailment that might, if the
member continues to practice Athletic Therapy, constitute a danger to the
public, the Complaints Committee may, by resolution:

bb) cause the name of that member to be erased from the Register or from any
roster; and/or,

cc) suspend the member; and/or,

dd)reprimand the member; and/or,

ee) permit the member to practice under such terms and conditions as the
Complaints Committee may deem appropriate.

ff) 58. The decision of the Complaints Committee, and the reasons therefor,
shall be reduced to writing, and served upon the person whose conduct is the
subject of the inquiry, by courier or registered mail, or by personal service, at the
address shown on the Register.

gg) 59. The Complaints Committee may award costs against any member.

hh) 60. The member who considers himself aggrieved by an order or decision of
the Complaints Committee may appeal the decision to the Board by filing a
written notice of appeal at the head office of the Association, no later than
fifteen (15) days from the date of the decision.

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ii) 61. The aggrieved member must file all documentation which he wished to
be considered on his appeal within thirty (30) days from the date of the decision.

jj) 62. The Board, or the Complaints Committee, is entitled to employ such legal
assistance or advisor as it thinks necessary to advise the Board, or to advise the
Committee, at complaints or disciplinary inquiries. In addition, the Complaints
Committee Chair, with the concurrence of the Registrar, is empowered to
employ such legal assistance in presenting evidence at an inquiry or hearing,
before the Complaints Committee.

ARTICLE 2 – Educational Preparation and Certification

Any certified member of the M.A.T.A. must be considered an educator if he is involved
with the professional preparation of Athletic Therapy Certification Candidates.

Section 1 – Selection of Students

The Certified Athletic Therapist educator who may be responsible for the selection of
students for admission into a professional program, and must ensure that admission
policies are non-discriminatory with respect to race, colour, sex, national origin, or
physical handicap.

Section 2 – Publication and Representation

Publication and representation of the professional preparation program by the Certified
Athletic Therapist educator, must accurately reflect the program offered.

Section 3 – Evaluation of Students

Evaluation of students working towards achieving certification, must be performed in a
productive manner by the Supervisory Athletic Therapist, following the guidelines of the
C.A.T.A. Education Committee.

Section 4 – Recommendation for Certification

It is unethical for a member to knowingly recommend for the C.A.T.A. certification
examination, a candidate who has not fulfilled all eligibility requirements as specified in
the Procedures for Certification documents.

Section 5 – Confidentiality of the C.A.T.A. Certification Examination

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