What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. This form of therapy is not just for people involved in sport.
Musculoskeletal injuries do not just occur in sport, they are also common in everyday life, occurring in the work place as a result from poor techniques in functional movements, poor posture, repetitive strain as well as tight, restricted muscles.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
Sports therapists give advice to athletes on how to train and compete safely, as well as treat injuries and assist with rehabilitation. Their aim is to prevent injuries and to help those who are injured to return to full fitness.
Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
Sports therapy and rehabilitation is concerned with musculoskeletal conditions arising from sporting activity, not with general healthcare.
It focuses on understanding and preventing sports injuries and dealing with the effects of physical and emotional trauma due to sports injuries. Please note, we are not Physiotherapists, nor should we claim to be!
Sports Therapy is not a protected title in the UK unlike Physiotherapy and therefore anyone can call themselves a Sports Therapist. In order to guarantee a Sports Therapist is properly qualified and insured please ensure you use a therapist who is a member of the regulating professional body for Sports Therapist such as the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRA T) or the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO).