Sports Therapy focuses on the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation back to functional, occupational and/or sports specific fitness, whatever your age or sporting ability.
It is based on the principles of sport and exercise sciences, including physiological and pathological processes, focusing on musculoskeletal and soft tissue rehabilitation. There are many similarities to physiotherapy and shared training however a physiotherapist's training will include wider healthcare aspects whereas a sports therapist will tend to focus exclusively in the sports and exercise field.
A Sports Therapist has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
• utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and to reduce injury potential
• provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support
• assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
• provide appropriate sport and remedial massage
• plan and implement tailored rehabilitation programmes
Sports therapy is an unregulated profession meaning the 'Sports Therapist' title is not protected and thus it is worth looking for a therapist that is a member of an association such as the Sports Therapy Association.
The Sports Therapy Association is described by its founder Gary Benson as "an independent and ethical association without bias that is committed to lobbying for positive change, raising standards across the industry and progressing opportunities for members. They work tirelessly in order to promote excellence in the field of Sports Therapy. "
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