Sports therapy is used to prevent and treat sports injuries. It may also help those looking to improve their level of fitness and performance. Many techniques are used, including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, taping and strapping, and mechanical and electrical treatments.
Treatment can take place on a massage table, on the sports field or sports court. Your sports therapist will examine how you are moving, conduct a postural and gait analysis, assess your movement and palpate muscles. They will then devise the best range of techniques for your particular sport and/or injury.
Sports therapy may prevent injury, relieve pain, increase flexibility and encourage a general sense of health and well-being.
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Sports therapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified sports therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this technique.
By choosing a sports therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as Sports Therapy is considered a form of complementary healthcare.