Sports Physiotherapy

Sports Physiotherapy is the specialised branch of physiotherapy which deals with injuries and issues related to sports people.
Sports injuries do differ to everyday injuries. Athletes normally require high level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent problems.

Each sports physiotherapist usually has sport-specific knowledge that addresses acute, chronic and overuse injuries. Their services are generally available to sports men and women of all ages engaged in sports at any level of competition.

A Sport Physiotherapist has a background in orthopaedics and adds the skills learned during the certificate and diploma training to his/her treatment tools. The skills of athletic taping can be applied not only court side, but more often in the clinical setting. The young soccer player with a sprained ankle will be more comfortable and heal faster when supportive taping is applied at the end of treatment. The same is true for the person who twisted their ankle while putting out the garbage! The Sport Physiotherapist has experience with the Return to Sport or Work or Life aspect of a treatment plan. A carefully planned Progressive Exercise program will allow the athlete or worker or average person to return to activity in a safe manner, reducing the risk of re-injury. A thorough understanding of the symptoms of concussion and its current treatment protocols allows the Sport Physiotherapist to provide proper guidance to not only the athlete that has sustained a concussion in sport but also any person who may have suffered a head injury at work, in a motor vehicle accident or from a fall.

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