What is the role of the sports therapist?

There are various different roles that a sports therapist holds in practice these include:

  • Conducting an assessment of the players', athletes' or participants' readiness and advising on exercises prior to an event or fixture;
  • Testing joints for ease and range of movement;
  • Strapping, taping, offering massage and preparing players, athletes or participants both physically and mentally;
  • Providing emergency aid in a sport and exercise environment;
  • Examining and assessing injuries and determining whether the athlete or participant can continue playing or taking part;
  • Examining and assessing injuries and dealing with traumas, e.g. cuts, bruises and blisters;
  • Treating injuries, alleviating pain, mobilising injuries, giving various types of massage;
  • Rehabilitating injuries by using manual therapy techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy;
  • Designing and monitoring rehabilitation programmes appropriate to the injury and/or sport and level;
  • Deciding whether athletes, players or participants need extra treatments and coordinating referrals to other practitioners;
  • Advising players or athletes on diet and nutrition (when therapists are appropriately trained);
  • Working alone or with coaches, trainers and/or fitness advisers to implement exercise, conditioning, core stability and injury prevention programmes, so that athletes, players or participants reach and maintain peak performance;
  • Liaising with other health professionals in the sports sector and in mainstream medicine.