A Sports Therapist is a practitioner who has the knowledge and ability to:
- Provide first aid and attend to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment.
- Assess and examine the joints of the body.
- Provide superficial and deep tissue sports massage.
A Sports Therapist is also trained to:
- Implement safe and effective injury rehabilitation programmes.
- Use sport and exercise principles to optimise performance.
- Develop injury prevention programmes.
WHAT IS SPORTS THERAPY?
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare specifically concerned with the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. The end goal is for the patient to return to optimal levels of sports specific fitness. Full functional, and occupational abilities are also important goals. A Sports Therapist’s degree consists of both Sports Science and Sports Therapy modules. Therefore, a graduate Sports Therapist is best placed to practice within sporting environments, due to a deep understanding of the demands of sport and how to treat accordingly.
WHY CHOOSE A SPORTS THERAPIST?
A Sports Therapist must be trained and capable of providing care from basic first aid to graduate status. Only members of The Society of Sports Therapists are deemed as meeting the required levels of education, knowledge and competency. Regular Continued Professional Development is carried out to ensure a constant level of up to date learning is achieved. Therefore, with the level of knowledge to treat and resolve a wide variety of injuries and work-related problems, you can be sure that the level of care you receive is second to none.
THE SOCIETY OF SPORTS THERAPISTS:
The Society of Sports Therapists was established in 1990. With the rise in the number of incidents following the growing popularity of sports and leisure, the Society’s Founder Members created a membership organisation that would standardise and monitor the provision and availability of support services. The Society also aims to provide adequate, effective and appropriate training courses, and to constantly raise standards in the profession. It is the lead organisation for Sports Therapists in the UK.
For more information on The Society of Sports Therapists please view their website: