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 utilises the principles of sport and exercise science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
Sports Therapist is a distinct occupational title that applies to a clearly defined scope of practice.
A Sports Therapist, who is a Member of The Society of Sports Therapists is an allied health professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
Key areas of competency
The spectrum of expertise that a Member of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) must possess is built upon five key areas of competency related to injury and illness in a sport and exercise environment. These are:
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