Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of individuals back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
What’s the difference between Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists have a broader medical background, which allows them to treat illnesses, diseases, neurological and respiratory issues. This makes them ideal for treating a wide range of patients, including complex patients with multiple conditions.
Sports therapists generally have more exposure to sporting environments during their degree, making them ideal for preventing sports injuries through specific strengthening programmes. Physiotherapy attempts to rehabilitate patients to allow them to feel comfortable and cope in their day-to-day life, whereas Sports therapy on the other hand focuses more on sports-specific activities and return to play.
As Sports therapists focus solely on musculoskeletal rehabilitation and have a sports focused background, it makes them attractive to patients who are aiming to return to exercise. Those with multiple complex comorbidities or conditions, MAY be better advised to seek a physiotherapist’s help.
Luckily for you, Jack has degrees in both Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy, so rest assured in the knowledge that Jack can cater to all individuals. Jack has worked with elite athletes, premiership and international rugby players, premiership and international football players, elite tennis players, junior athletes; and has also worked in 6 different NHS healthcare settings, alongside community settings/home-visits.