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Sports therapists play both a preventative and curative role in dealing with injuries sustained through playing different sports.
They may work in private or NHS clinics or they will be employed directly by a sports club or amateur/professional sportsperson.
Sportspeople will see a therapist during times of intensive training to ensure that they are undertaking the maximum amount without overexerting themselves.
They assess athletes’ injuries and oversee rehabilitation to ensure the swiftest and safest recovery. The work often involves giving sports massages in areas which are put under pressure during training and prescribing and supervising treatment programmes, such as joint manipulation, electrotherapy and aquatherapy.
They may work with other healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists and doctors.
As is the case for all healthcare professionals, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the clinic.