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Working with atheletes of all ages, sports therapists help them return to full functionality after an injury. They can work with both professional and amateur clients to assess, treat and rehabilitate injuries.

While some sports therapists work with a team or club, others work primarily with individuals. Typical work would involve:

  • Examining and assessing injuries
  • Treating injuries, including massaging and mobilising them
  • Rehabilitating injuries
  • Designing rehabilitation programmes

Training for this role would involve certification such as an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage. A course such as this enables the sports therapist to understand the effect and benefits of massage in dealing with injuries and training requirements.

An alternative would be an AHT Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy. This advanced diploma covers the following areas:
  • Common musculo-skeletal problems
  • Sports and Remedial Massage
  • Back Care
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Electrotherapy
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports First Aid

This is a 20 day course, with additional home study. It is verified by the Sports Therapy Organisation, and leads to registered status upon completion.

Currently this is not a state registered profession, so theoretically anyone who has taken a course, from a weekend course through to a three-year degree, can set themselves up in practice and offer treatment. In reality, the type and range of treatments you will be qualified, and indeed insured, to offer will depend upon which course you have taken. Additionally, employers will look for recognized certifications.

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