What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy is an aspect of the healthcare profession, specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and rehabilitation of patients back to optimum functional levels. This includes functional, occupational and sports specific fitness and is regardless of age and ability.
Sports Therapy utilises the principles of sport and exercise science, incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and in some cases work.
What is a Sports Therapist?
This is a question our staff are most frequently asked. There is a lot of confusion which can lead to misunderstandings about Sports Therapy as a whole and the knowledge and skills members of this specific occupational group.
A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who possesses the ability, skills and knowledge to:
- Utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise preparation and performance
- Incorporate injury prevention programmes for wide ranging activities, plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes
- Provide immediate care of injuries, basic life support in recreational, training and competitive environments
assess, treat and rehabilitate functional, sporting or work-related injuries and if required, refer on for specialist advice and possible intervention
- Provide appropriate sport and remedial massage
Our governing body, The Society of Sports Therapists require members to possess expertise within five key areas of competency related to injury and illness in the sport and exercise environment. These are:
- Injury Prevention
- Recognition & evaluation
- Management, treatment & referral
- Education & professional practice issues
Within these areas, Sports Therapists and specifically those educated to Graduate level, are trained through practical and evidence based philosophies with sound sport and exercise science principles. Therefore, all our staff, who are Members of The Society of Sports Therapists, are required to fulfill clearly defined competency levels covering the breadth of the above areas. Consequently, they are required to regularly partake in continued professional development and provide proof of activity annually to the Society of Sports Therapists to maintain their membership and eligibility to practice.