Sports physiotherapy is concerned with the treatment of injuries that originate from sporting activities. It is also concerned with the provision of educational resources and guidance to help prevent such injuries in the future and reducing the likelihood of them happening in the first place. It is common to find this branch of physical therapy in sports clinics, sporting clubs and in private practice.
Sports physiotherapists are physical therapists that have specialized in the area of sports physiotherapy and they use a number of skills available to them to detect and treat sport injuries and they represent one of the most highly paid in the industry. They typically follow a general education that is usually a four year Bachelors degree program in physiotherapy, usually followed by a season of apprenticeship under the supervision of more experienced and qualified professionals. At this point they then choose their area of specialization and may then continue their education in this area to get more depth and experience of the subject.
Injuries are common in all kinds of sporting activities. The goal of the physical therapist is to design preventive measures by following athletes on a case by case basis, studying their weaknesses and giving them exercises and routines that they can follow in order to make areas that are weak and at risk stronger so as to reduce the dangers of having an injury.
Many people have wrong postures in standing, walking, running and jumping. This is also common among sportsmen and may present a problem in the future if not corrected because wrong postures may be placing stresses on parts of the body that it should not. Sports therapists are able to follow each athlete and prescribe corrective exercises to these situations.
In many instances, they are not only called upon in preventive action but their experience in sports physiotherapy gives them a good knowledge in designing exercises that may enhance the performance of athletes.
Though a great part of the work of physiotherapists is concerned with the prevention of sport injuries, the other part is concerned with the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries that have occurred as a result of sporting activities. Here, diagnosis and treatment is affected by a number of techniques that involve specific corrective exercises, taping and strapping as well as massages. Physical therapy can usually take anything from a few hours to several weeks or months depending on the severity of the injury and may combine a number of techniques in the treatment.
Sports physiotherapy is an exciting field and therapists are called upon to collaborate and with researchers and other professionals in healthcare and social services. Sport therapists are known to earn on average about $38,336 to $81,530 yearly with the greatest proportion of them being employed in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, while some are known to have exclusive practices with sport clubs and institutions. The Higher end of the pay scale is attributed with those that are highly specialized and with those that are able to practice with as consultants for individual sportsmen.