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What is Sports Therapy?

Sports therapy is an aspect of health care that specifically focuses on assessment, prevention and treatment of sports related injuries and musculoskeletal pain. 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 (The Society of Sports Therapists) www.society-of-sports-therapists.org

Who do sports therapists treat?

Any sports or recreational individual regardless of age and ability.

Aims of a sports therapist:

Our aims are to help the patient/athlete to return to optimal levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness as soon as possible.

A sports therapist is able to:

– Provide First aid to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment – Examination and assessment of sports injuries and where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention – Planning and implementing appropriate treatment regimes and rehabilitation programmes for the injured patient/athlete to get back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness – Utilising sports and exercise principles to optimise preparation and injury prevention programme.

We use the following treatments/ advice:

– Spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations using Maitland’s or Mulligan’s techniques – Sports and remedial massage therapy, including pre and post activity massage – Electrotherapy, including ultrasound and interferential therapy. – Exercise prescription rehabilitation, specific to individual or group needs – Core stability exercises – Prescribed rest and recovery if necessary – PNF stretching and strengthening – Strapping and taping.