I am often called the club ‘Physio’ and have to correct individuals. I am a Graduate Sports Therapist. I’m often asked if Sports Therapy is the same as Physiotherapy. Yes there are similarities but we are not the same, nor can we call ourselves Physios. Graduate Sports Therapists are more in-line with Athletic Trainers.
What is Sports Therapy?
As stated by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) ‘Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare than 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.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercises sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.’
Sports Therapy is a growing occupation, with an increasing number of universities providing accredited courses.
What is a Sports Therapist?
Although I work primarily with sports men and women during the week, I also work with the general population at my clinic to provide the same care (just at a different level). For example: more recently I have been working with a client to build back the confidence to move – sitting down onto a chair, picking something off the floor and getting up out of a car.
I am a huge advocate of exercise and like to work with individuals to encourage and build confidence to regain physical fitness and movement. Sometimes our sessions are more about making the client feel comfortable rather than drilling out exercises.
As noted by the SST a Sports Therapist is ‘a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
- utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
- provide the immediate care of injures and basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive environment,
- assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention,
- provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport and exercise context,
- plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes’
Graduate Sports Therapists are not purely Sports Masseuses. We hold a greater range of skills to provide care for our clients.
Sports Therapists are not Physiotherapists but can, and do apply similar skills and modalities from a sport and exercise perspective rather than a healthcare context.
I am proud to be a Graduate Sports Therapist and to have worked with some incredible sports men and women during my career so far.
Watch some of my work with GB Womens Flag here.
My philosophy as a Sports Therapist
My goal is for the individual to return to a level of fitness they once held, if not better. I also aim to educate the individual to prevent further injury.
If you’re interested in Sports Therapy as a career then don’t hesitate to drop me a line here. I’d be happy to talk to you about it.