By Lauren Howard
#1 – They are professional healthcare practitioners
A sports therapist (ST) is a professional healthcare practitioner that is trained to assess and evaluate musculoskeletal injuries and prescribe specific rehabilitation exercises and perform advanced soft tissue therapies to its clients with elements of nutritional advice and injury psychology when required. These skills are obtained as part of a 3 year Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) (or as an additional Advanced Diploma for qualified Physiotherapists, Strength & Conditioning coaches, Osteopaths etc.).
Specifically a musculoskeletal physiotherapist (someone that treats soft tissue and bone injuries). By Rebecca Walsh
#1 Many people don’t know that they can see a physiotherapist before they see their GP.
Physiotherapists (physios) are perfectly placed to assess and evaluate the severity of injuries and will refer back to a GP when appropriate. Physios undergo a three year undergraduate degree as well as continued development throughout their careers, and should also have Chartered status (see Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for details) and Health and Care Professions Council registration.