What is Sports Therapy
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 utilizes the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and work.
What is Sports Therapist?
A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability. The sports therapists of BeyondPro are well-trained with fulfilling of the clinical hours and examinations set out by the societies with an academic qualifications awarded. Therefore, they can registered under the supervision of three British sports therapy associations to provide the following service:
Utilise sports and exercise principles to optimize performance, preparation and injury prevention programs;
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 massage in a sport & exercise context
Plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes
5 major domians as a sports therapist
Major roles of sports therapists
Therapists must possess is built within five key areas of competency related to injury and illness in the sport and exercise environment. These are:
Prevention of sports injuries and illnesses by implementing biomechanical and physiological analysis to devise strength and conditioning, corrective exercise and fitness programs which may also advise patients on nutrition and recovery.
Recognition & evaluation of existing sports-related musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses sustained by recreational and competitive athletes required a comprehensive clinical assessment to provide accurate identification of the dysgunction.
Management, treatment & referral of actue on-field injuries often required a rapid response, immediate treatment and shock management to stabilize the condition, followed by the safe extrication form the field of play and referral to specialist staff.
Rehabilitation of patients by prescribing a safe and effective rehabilitation program devised form evidenced-based medical research. Planned targets focusing on joint mobility, muscle strength, balance and coordination enchance the recovery process from the actue stage to fully finctional return to play.
Education & professional practice issues delivered at regular CPD events will assists patients, athletes, coaches and support staff to gain awareness of effective athlete preparation and recovery strategies which sustains optimal performance.
Sports therpaists=physio or doctors?
Sports therapists are not a physio or doctors
1. We DO NOT provide a diagnosis of injury or illness to patients or injured athletes, instead of quick check to decide of appropriate referral to specialists staff.
2. We apply physical methods like heat and cryotherapy; soft tissue therapy; therapeutic exercises; taping and strapping and joint mobilization to treat and maange sports-related injuries and conditions;
3. We do not treat medical conditions which physiotherapists speciliazed in like pediatric, pulmonary, respiratory and neurological conditions and cases
4. We DO NOT compete with physiotherapists, instead we supplement physiotherapy services in sports context and bridge up the gap between medical professionals and sports coaches.
Sports Therpaists=Masseurs & First Aiders?
Sports Therpaists are not just Sports Masseurs and First Aiders
1. Sports Therapists possess soft-tissue therapy skills apply them as an integral part of their scoop of practices to minimise injury and promote recovery and regeneration.
2. Sports Therapists are more significantly are first responders who apply knowledge, skills and training to provide immediate care and management of sports-related injuries and illness at sports events. Sports Therapists are also required to show evidence that they are up to date with these skills by certifying bodies(e.g: ICIS, ITLS).