Sports Physiotherapists are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. They can help return you to your best level of function after an injury.


A Sports Physiotherapist may use the following techniques:

  • 'hands-on' techniques such as massage, joint mobilization

  • taping to support an area or facilitate normal movement

  • rehabilitation exercises and advice, taking into account individual goals and history


Sports Physiotherapists also have a role in injury prevention. There are several injuries (including ankle sprains, knee injuries and hamstring strains) for which the risk can be significantly reduced if a specific injury prevention program is used. These programs are typically not time intensive and can actually improve sporting performance as well.


Common sporting injuries:

  • joint sprains— knee, ankle, shoulder and finger injuries

  • muscle strains—hamstring, calf, quadriceps

  • tendon injuries—achilles, patella and gluteal tendon pain

  • bony overuse injuries—such as 'shin splints' or stress fractures

  • rehabilitation from surgery —knee, shoulder or ankle arthroscopies or reconstructions


The physiotherapy profession emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, using findings from clinical and biological research to support assessment, treatment, and decision-making. If you are suffering from a sports-related injury, it is important to have your condition assessed by a Sports Physiotherapist.



Thanks to Aiden Rich for contributing this content.(APA)


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