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What is Sports Therapy?
And What Can It Do For me?

Graduating with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy from Teesside University, I am qualified as a member of the Sports Therapy Association, CNHC and Northern Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists (NAMMT).

I work with a diverse range of sporting patients. Examples of the sports that I have managed recently are running, Judo, swimming, cricket, orienteering and roller derby. Athletes range from Saturday runners to semi-professional American football players, each having different requirements, but the sports therapy principles applied being the same – to return the athlete to full functional fitness in the shortest possible time.

Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically 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 utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.

I need to emphasise that injuries must be treated as early as possible.

I pride myself on providing care that is unique and tailored to each individual’s needs. You will receive a bespoke rehabilitation exercise programme, specific to your needs that is reviewed at each visit. I maintain close communication with your coach and referring consultant as required, especially pre and post-surgery to monitor your progression.

Functional Gait Analysis and Running Technique Re-Education

Part of the assessment process for runners may include a functional running assessment. Video footage is taken and analysed to establish if a modification in running style may help to reduce injury risk or to generally improve running performance. Running assessments in the clinic are not to guide the runner to a specific brand of running shoe, (as the supporting evidence indicates find a comfortable shoe) they’re performed and analysed in conjunction with muscular strength testing and mobility assessments to give a broader analysis of gait/foot strike position, running posture and techniques.

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As Defined By:

Society of Sports Therapists

A Sports Therapist is a healthcare 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 & competitive environment
  • Assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.
  • Provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport & exercise context
  • Plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes

 

As a Graduate Sports Therapist, we are expected to possess a level of expertise around 5 key competencies related to injury and illness in the sport and exercise environment. These are:

  • Prevention
  • Recognition & evaluation
  • Management, treatment & referral
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education & professional practice issues

 

Graduate Sports Therapists are educated and trained in evidence-based principles and have solid sport and exercise science foundations.

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