Sports Therapy focuses on preventing injury and on rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of function and performance. Musculoskeletal disorders are treated through a combination manual therapy techniques, stretches, strengthening exercises and patient education. Treatments are not just beneficial to sports/active people but to anyone with aches, pains or injuries.
Sports Therapy focuses highly on the individual’s lifestyle, including profession, fitness levels, hobbies, posture and general lifestyle. This is achieved through a comprehensive initial consultation which will include a spoken, physical and postural assessment to fully understand the patient and to identify the root of their issue.
This is then followed by a tailored treatment, utilising any combination of techniques as advised by your therapist, and personalised guidance on any recommended exercises and sport or lifestyle modifications.
What is a Sports Therapist?
Sports therapists use their knowledge and skills to treat musculoskeletal issues, advise on injury prevention and support rehabilitation, using a range of physical techniques and therapies. They have the knowledge, skills and ability to:
- utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
- provide care and rehabilitation of injuries in recreational, training, occupational & competitive environments
- assess, treat, rehabilitate and, where and if appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
- provide appropriate soft tissue interventions in a sport & exercise context
- plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation and return to training/work programmes