Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?
Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?
Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing vital pre- and post-event treatments or pitch-side support?
Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?
Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?
You will need to demonstrate excellence in practice, in one of the following areas:
Client service: This ‘hallmark of excellence' is about delivering quality care and outcomes for clients. It's when what you do really benefits the health and wellbeing of your clients.
Research: For members who are involved in developing or carrying out therapy research, this award celebrates the small study as well as the large clinical trial.
Innovation: Focuses on the imaginative and creative use of original or adapted ideas or techniques - for example, the development of a new massage product, teaching aid or therapy service.
Leadership: Aimed at members who make things happen and encourage and inspire others, from organising a team of therapists for a charitable event, to leading a team providing a therapy service.
Representation: For members who have gone the extra mile to promote awareness about therapies and the importance of high standards, or who represent the FHT on therapy lead bodies, councils and committees.
Entries open on 23 April and close on 30 June.
Last year’s winner for FHT Sports Therapist of the Year was John Molyneux:
John treats clients of all ages and abilities but over the past few years, he has turned his attention to the more mature client, as he feels that the older generation are often overlooked by the health and fitness industry. This led him to write his first book, A Better You in Later Life, shortly after which he launched MolyFit.co.uk, a free subscription website for the over 65s to encourage older people to sit less and move more and literally exercise their way out of the GP waiting room. As interest and momentum grew, so did John’s business – within a year, he had built a website with over 500 subscribers, published three books, and gone from 0 to 11,000+ followers on Facebook. During both lockdowns, John became a beacon of positivity, supporting isolated clients with fortnightly calls and online sessions so they could continue to exercise and stay healthy.
Finalists: Leigh Edwards