Sports Therapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Treatment may involve exercise prescription, advice, hands-on therapy, electrotherapy and taping.
Sports Therapist is a distinct occupational title that applies to a clearly defined scope of practice.
A Sports Therapist, who is a Member of The Society of Sports Therapists is an allied health professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
- utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
- provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training, occupational & competitive environment
- 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
Membership of The Society of Sports Therapists is open to anyone over the age of 18 who qualifies as follows:
Graduates holding a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, MSc Sports Therapy, MSci Sports Therapy or Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Therapy from a University or College with which The Society of Sports Therapists has a collaborative agreement, will be eligible for membership (insured) status.