What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy, contrary to popular misconceptions, is not simply about Sports Massage. It is an aspect of healthcare 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 utilizes the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
(Explanation adapted from www.society-of-sports-therapists.org)
In my own words, I would say that a Sports Therapist bridges the gap between NHS services (Physiotherapy, etc.) and the Personal Trainer or Strength and Conditioning Coach. There is a degree of crossover - I am often able to help at both ends of the continuum - but that is perhaps the clearest definition.
So, taking the athlete from being able to perform normal daily activities (at work and at home), back to full participation or competition in their chosen sporting or leisure activity. This will involve remedial exercises progressing towards functional and sports specific training, as well as manual therapies etc. to support the process.
As a member of The Society of Sports Therapists, I am fully insured, required to adhere to specific codes of conduct, and to maintain my knowledge through on-going learning, for continued annual registration. The Society of Sports Therapists is the only professional body working with the Health Professions Council in the bid for Statutory Regulation of Sports Therapists.
For further information, please check out the Society of Sports Therapists website.