Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders. They treat pain and injury through hands-on treatment and rehabilitation. Sports Therapists undergo an intensive three-year degree course which focusses primarily on the musculoskeletal system and on restoring, maintaining and maximising movement to relieve pain and increasing quality of life.

A sports therapist will; 

Assess and diagnose injuries

Deliver a personalised treatment plan to maximise movement and physical independence

Teach patients how to reduce pain and manage chronic injuries

Implement rehabilitation programmes

Teach patients how to stay fit and well

The treatment, to aid recovery include:

Massage, body work and mobilisations

Electrotherapy modalities

Taping

Varied stretching techniques

Biomechanics analysis

Acupuncture

Patient education

Exercise programme 

The regulating body of Sports Therapy is The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), who describe the profession as:

“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. 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 generally have more exposure to sporting environments at an undergraduate level making them ideal for preventing sports injuries through specific strengthening programmes.