Sports physiotherapists help sportsmen and
sportswomen operate at peak performance and give
them advice on prevention and recovery from injuries.
They work in a team with coaches, other health care
professionals and sports scientists.
Physiotherapists working in sport use a range of treatments including manipulation, massage, taping, first aid, heat treatment, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy, ultrasound, acupuncture and hydrotherapy. In addition to treating patients, physiotherapists must keep accurate records of patient treatment and progress.
As well as working with top-level performers, many sports physiotherapists work with amateur sportsmen and sportswomen and people who take part in sport as a leisure activity.
Sports physiotherapists may specialise in a particular sport, or alternatively in a particular aspect of physiotherapy, such as rehabilitation.
Most sports physiotherapists work irregular hours,
including evenings and weekends. They have to be
prepared to work up to 16 hours a day when on tour
with a team as they are usually working single-handed.
They may have to attend training sessions and
competitions or fixtures, which could include travelling in
the UK or possibly abroad.
Treatment may be carried out in special treatment rooms or sports injury clinics, exercise areas, swimming or hydrotherapy pools, sports centres or even at the side of the pitch at sporting venues.
To be a sports physiotherapist, you should:
Physiotherapists in sport may work in private practice, in
health and fitness clubs and leisure centres. Some also
work for sport associations or clubs.
There is an increasing interest in sport in the UK, which is leading to more opportunities for working in sports physiotherapy. There are also opportunities to work abroad.
If you would like to know anything about Sports Physiotherapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine
The Sports Council for Northern Ireland
House of Sport
Upper Malone Road
Tel: 028 9038 1222
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300