The Sports Therapy Clinic
What is a Sports Therapy Clinic?
A Sports Therapy Clinic 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 utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
What is a Sports Therapist?
A Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
The spectrum of expertise that a Sports Therapist must possess is built within five key areas of competency related to injury and illness in the sport and exercise environment. These are:
- Recognition & evaluation,
- Management, treatment & referral,
- Education & professional practice issues
Within each of these areas Sports Therapists are specifically trained and educated in principles that have sound practical and evidence based philosophies with solid sport and exercise science foundations. As such, Sports Therapists are required to meet clearly defined competency levels which cover the breadth of the above areas and gives them the knowledge, skills and ability to work at all levels of the sport and exercise continuum.
What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Sports Therapist?
The short answer, not too much. Sport and Exercise Therapy is not just about Sports Massage. However, Sports Therapists will possess massage skills that are an integral part of their scope of practice. Sports Therapists are not Physiotherapists, but Sports Therapists will apply “physiotherapy” skills because physiotherapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods including massage, heat treatment, electricity and exercise, rather than drugs or surgery” Consequently, Sports Therapists will apply many skills and modalities that are included within this list but in a sport and exercise perspective rather than a traditional healthcare context. Sports Therapists are not just first aiders. More significantly they are first responders who have the training, knowledge, skills and expertise to provide immediate care in a first response role.
Allied to their Sport and Exercise science knowledge, therapeutic abilities and understanding of sport, Sports Therapists are capable and proficient in applying the necessary rehabilitation principles, to enable their patients to achieve the optimum levels of recovery, that their injury or disability will allow. As such, the journey from injury to a return to activities can be facilitated by professionals who have the knowledge, skills and science based principles to meet the needs of a clearly defined patient group. More importantly, Sports Therapists are, and should be, an integral part of the Sports Medicine family, complementing and reinforcing the excellent skills and knowledge also being provided by colleagues and other professions.
How does Bodylogics operate?
All of our therapists are trained to the highest level. We actively seek therapists who have a strong understanding of the human body and the demands that sport places on the body. Although we specialise in Sports Injury treatment, our understanding of the body enables us to treat a wide range of symptoms and this is what makes us the best in the business. All our therapists work under the heading of a Sports Therapist but specialise in their chosen field, whether that be Osteopathy, Injury Rehabilitation or Physiotherapy. We all ultimately share the same vision and apply the same principles to get you back to doing what you do best.
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Bodylogics The Sports Therapy Clinic, 78 Crescent Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 9RJ